Debian 9: Install Xfce for desktop environment

This article will describe installing Xfce for desktop environment.

1 Install Xfce

The following command will install Xfce.

$ sudo apt install -y expect
$ cat <<EOF | expect
set timeout -1
spawn sudo apt install -y task-xfce-desktop
expect "Default display manager: "
send "2\n"
expect eof
$ sudo reboot

2 Login to Xfce

After reboot, lightdm-gtk-greeter will be started. You can select other desktop environment.


Xfce is displayed.


3 Uninstall Xfce

The following command will uninstall Xfce.

$ sudo apt remove -y task-xfce-desktop xfdesktop4 xfce4-* libxfce4-*
$ sudo apt autoremove -y
$ sudo apt install --reinstall -y gdm3
$ sudo reboot