How to install MATE Desktop on Debian 10

Most people get bored with the standard Linux distribution desktop environment in Debian. So they are looking for some kind of desktop customization. In this case, there are several configuration tools and options available that you can set or activate on your Debian 10 system. However, today we will look at a customization option that will allow you to easily change the Debian 10 default desktop environment. The Mate desktop environment can be used to change general look of your Debian 10 desktop.

In this article, you will learn how to quickly install the Mate desktop environment on a Debian 10 booster using the command line. Let’s start setting up.

Installing Mate Desktop on Debian 10 (Buster)

To install Mate desktop on your system, you need to follow these steps:

Install Mate desktop using apt repositories

The mate desktop environment is available in the Debian 10 apt repositories. This way you can install it from there. Let’s start!

Step 1: Open Terminal

First, let’s open a terminal for you. To do this, you will click on the Actions option that is available in the upper left corner of the Debian 10 desktop, and then enter the word terminal in the search bar. Click on the terminal application which is highlighted in the following image.

Step 2: Install Mate Desktop

As mentioned above, the mate desktop is available in the Debian 10 apt repositories. Therefore, you can install the mate working environment on your Debian 10 system by entering the following command in a terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Install mate work environment

During the installation of the mate desktop, the terminal will display a prompt to the user who will ask you if you want to continue with the installation process or not. If so, press “y” and then press “Enter” on your keyboard. The installation will resume again. It will take time to complete the complete installation of all mate desktop packages.

Confirm installation

Step 3: reboot the system

Once the installation is complete, you will reboot your Debian 10 system with the following command:

$ sudo reboot


Step 4. Customize the look of your desktop

After you log in again, click on “Actions” on the system and enter Appearance in the search bar. You will get the following results on your system: Advertising

Customize appearance

Now click on the Appearance option, which is highlighted in red in the image above.

After you have launched the spawn window, you will see the following screen on your system:

Launch Appearance app

This means that you have the mate working environment installed on your system.

Now click on the start button.


The next tray will be displayed on your system, where you can select icons, fonts and style for your desktop.

Configurator appearance

To find more installed utilities, you can check it by visiting the installed software window as follows:

You can see that other Mate desktop utilities have been installed on your system as well.

Mate Desktop Utilities

You can also access the Mate desktop apps using the app launcher as follows:

Mate Apps

If you are bored with the Mate desktop, you can easily remove it from the Debian 10 booster and install a new one. Use the following command to remove the Mate desktop environment.

$ sudo apt --purge remove mate-desktop-environment
$ sudo apt autoremove

Delete assistant


In this article, following the above method, you can easily install the Mate desktop environment on a Debian 10 booster. Various steps are described which may seem a little complicated due to the terminal commands mentioned during the installation process. But, if you follow each step correctly, then you can certainly install the Mate desktop on your system. In addition, you need to be patient with all the commands that will take some time to complete, especially if your network connection is slow.

How to install MATE Desktop on Debian 10