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Getting Budgie

Budgie Desktop and our macrocosm of applications are available across a wide variety of Linux-based operating systems.

🎉New Budgie Release
The Buddies of Budgie team just released Budgie Desktop 10.9.1. Please keep in mind that it may take some time for the release to be available on the operating systems shown below, as this is a manual process performed by our amazing community of package maintainers.Read more

Get Budgie Effortlessly

You are able to get Budgie Desktop out-of-the-box, with no extra effort, with the operating systems shown below. These operating systems range in the experience they provide, some will be more curated with additional widgets / extensions for Budgie Desktop, others may be closer to the "stock" / "vanilla" Budgie Desktop experience.

Screenshot of EndeavourOS


EndeavourOS is a terminal-centric distro built on top of Arch Linux. EndeavourOS offers through their unified installer the ability to install Budgie Desktop, with user choice on their desired experience.

Screenshot of Fedora Budgie Spin

Fedora Budgie Spin

Fedora Budgie Spin offers a near-stock Budgie Desktop experience on top of the Fedora open source platform.

Screenshot of Fedora Budgie Atomic

Fedora Budgie Atomic

Fedora Budgie Atomic offers an atomic / immutable Fedora experience with a near-stock Budgie Desktop experience.

Screenshot of NixOS


NixOS is a Linux distribution based on the Nix package manager and build system.

Screenshot of Solus


Solus offers a curated Budgie Desktop experience on top of its built-from-scratch operating system.

Screenshot of Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie offers a highly curated Budgie Desktop experience with Ubuntu at its core.

Screenshot of Ultramarine Linux

Ultramarine Linux

Ultramarine Linux is a Fedora-based Linux distribution designed to stay out of your way and be easy to use.

Get Budgie with a bit more work

Arch Linux

Arch Linux offers a Budgie Desktop profile within its 'archinstall' installer, though more intrepid users also have the option to install the desktop manually.
Under the "Profile" option, select "desktop", then "budgie".


🚧Coming Soon
Installation instructions coming soon!


Budgie is not yet available in a quarterly release of FreeBSD; however, it can be installed if the Latest binary repository or the master branch of the ports repository is used instead.
Install X11 and the Budgie package group:
pkg install xorg-minimal budgie
Finally, enable DBus and LightDM:
sysrc dbus_enable="YES" lightdm_enable="YES"
After a reboot, you will be able to log into Budgie.
Using the Latest repository or the master version of the ports repository may result in system instability.

Manjaro Budgie Community Edition

Manjaro Budgie Community Edition offers Budgie Desktop as an out-of-the-box experience on top of Manjaro. Manjaro is based on Arch Linux.
The Budgie Desktop experience offered by this edition is incomplete, setting no default theme or enabling our built-in theme. This results in a partially broken user experience.


Budgie Desktop can be installed through the following mechanisms on openSUSE.
Choose the "Budgie Desktop Environment" pattern under the "Desktop Environments" section when searching for patterns in YaST Software Management.


Budgie Desktop can be installed by adding the following to your system configuration:
# Enable the X server.
services.xserver.enable = true;
# Enable the Budgie Desktop.
services.xserver.desktopManager.budgie.enable = true;
# Enable a display manager (recommended).
services.xserver.displayManager.lightdm.enable = true;

None of these operating systems are viewed as being the "reference" platform for Budgie Desktop, rather we want you to be able to pick the OS that fits your needs best, and have Budgie Desktop along with you!