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.
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.
Fedora Budgie Spin
Fedora Budgie Spin offers a near-stock Budgie Desktop experience on top of the Fedora open source platform.
Fedora Budgie Atomic
Fedora Budgie Atomic offers an atomic / immutable Fedora experience with a near-stock Budgie Desktop experience.
NixOS is a Linux distribution based on the Nix package manager and build system.
Solus offers a curated Budgie Desktop experience on top of its built-from-scratch operating system.
Ubuntu Budgie offers a highly curated Budgie Desktop experience with Ubuntu at its core.
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 offers a Budgie Desktop profile within its 'archinstall' installer, though more intrepid users also have the option to install the desktop manually.
- Manual Installation
Under the "Profile" option, select "desktop", then "budgie".
After completing manual installation, run the following to install Budgie and a login manager:
It's also recommended to install nm-applet, the default GTK theme, and the default icon theme:
sudo pacman -S budgie lightdm-gtk-greeter
Finally, enable LightDM:
sudo pacman -S arc-gtk-theme papirus-icon-theme network-manager-applet
sudo systemctl enable --now lightdm
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.
Finally, enable DBus and LightDM:
Install X11 and the Budgie package group:
pkg install xorg-minimal budgie
Configure and install X11:
Configure and install Budgie:
cd /usr/ports/x11/xorg-minimal && make config-recursive install clean
cd /usr/ports/x11/budgie && make config-recursive install clean
After a reboot, you will be able to log into Budgie.
sysrc dbus_enable="YES" lightdm_enable="YES"
Using the Latest repository or the master version of the ports repository may result in system instability.
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.
- Graphical (Leap 15.4+ and Tumbleweed)
- Installer (Leap 15.4+ and Tumbleweed)
Choose the "Budgie Desktop Environment" pattern under the "Desktop Environments" section when searching for patterns in YaST Software Management.
At the 'Installation Settings' page, click on "Software" and then choose the "Budgie Desktop Environment" pattern under the "Desktop Environments" section when searching for patterns.
sudo zypper install budgie-desktop
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!