Installing XFCE4 4.6 on Xubuntu

(updated, new repo for XFCE 4.6, see here)

Ok, ive noticed theres a lot of google searches for my page popping up looking for install guides on how to install the new XFCE Desktop. So here is a quick guide. I ran this on Xubuntu Intrepid 8.10 without a hitch.

Right click this link and save it:

Ok, next we need to install a few things. Open terminal and enter the following :

sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev libice-dev libsm-dev libxpm-dev

Now navigate to the XFCE file you downloaded in terminal. I saved mine to my desktop, if you did too, just copy paste the following command.

cd Desktop

Now we change it into an executable file and run it. Copy paste these into your terminal.

chmod +x

You will then be presented with a nice GUI to lead you the rest of the way.

I installed this on a vary sparse Xubuntu on a testing partition. I had a minor problem with a mix of 4.4 and 4.6 but nothing major. However, i have seen people running this and running into worse problems with 4.4 and 4.6 mixing. If your unsure and dont knot know what your doing, wait for it to come up in the repos. Jauntys not far away now and it will be in Jaunty.

Hope this helps someone



  1. Ubuntux said,

    March 1, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    hello,could you tell how to install xfce 4.6.0 on Ubuntu Server?Because there is no graphical interface.Only command line.Thanks in advance.

  2. March 1, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Ill be honest, i dont have a need to do it, so didnt try figuring it out. The source code is available on this page.

    You could try compiling it yourself.

  3. Ubuntux said,

    March 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    ok,thanx.Maybe i’ll wait until the guys from canonical will make available this in their repos.

  4. March 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Its meant to be in Jaunty (released in April) and should be backported to Intrepid.

  5. ster said,

    March 24, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I had a fresh install of xubuntu 8.10 and tried this, but the 4.6 installer shows me many depedencies not there. I tried to manually install these, but i cant locate some, or they are newer versions in the repositry. so i’m stuck unable to install 4.6

  6. March 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Most people are having better luck with this :

    Its the repo for intrepid and 4.6. Give that a go 🙂

  7. ster said,

    March 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks, I found that jeromeg page shorty thereafter. User should also use package manager to re-install xubuntu-default-settings and ubuntu-gdm themes to get the human theme and fresh install settings back.
    Thank you.

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