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For those who want to try out the latest Cinnamon Desktop 3.8, without downloading Linux Mint 19, here’s how to install Cinnamon 3.8.x via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04.

Cinnamon 3.8 will be included in the upcoming Linux Mint 19. This Gnome based desktop environment has received better support for GTK+ 3.22 and client-side decorated windows, fully ported to Python 3, backported various changes from upstream GNOME, and more.

For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, a stable PPA has built the Cinnamon 3.8 packages, so the desktop can be easily installed via following steps.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts, or by searching for ‘Terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon

Input your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter. Read the PPA description and finally hit Enter to add the PPA.

2. Then run command to install Cinnamon Desktop 3.8:

sudo apt-get install cinnamon

3. Finally restart your computer. When you’re at Gnome login screen, click on your username and then click the gear button to select ‘Cinnamon‘ desktop session.


To remove Cinnamon desktop, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove cinnamon cinnamon-*

And launch Software & Updates then navigate to Other Software tab to remove PPAs.

Cinnamon 3.4

Cinnamon desktop environment has reached the new massive 3.4 release a few days ago. Though there’s no official announcement published on Linux Mint blog at the moment of writing, you can now install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04 via PPA.

Cinnamon 3.4.0 brings over 160 changes, and here are some of them:

  • The settings daemon is split into multiple processes. Make it easy to identify excessive CPU or memory usage and isolating crashes to only affect a particular plugin.
  • Nemo is split into two separate processes. One for the desktop icons, and one for the file manager windows.
  • Added “Run now” button in the settings’ module for managing startup applications
  • Support for configuring the LightDM login manager in Cinnamon Settings.
  • New Cinnamon Settings option for configuration acceleration and sensitivity of the mouse.
  • Cinnamon is now capable of adapting to the multi-process CSD.
  • See the full changelog for details.

Cinnamon Desktop 3.4

How to Install Cinnamon 3.4 via PPA in Ubuntu:

The unofficial PPA has just build the Cinnamon 3.4 packages for Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.04.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) and hit Enter.

Cinnamon 3.4 PPA

2. Then update and install Cinnamon desktop via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install cinnamon

After that, log out and select log in back with Cinnamon session.

Cinnamon session in greeter

Cinnamon 3.2

The Cinnamon Desktop 3.2 was released two weeks ago. There’s now a stable PPA to make it easy to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 and/or Ubuntu 16.10.

Cinnamon 3.2 is a massive release with hundreds of changes, it brings support for vertical panels, the ability to play sound effects when displaying notifications, revamped Keyboard applet, a setting for the new menu animations.

Other features include:

  • new “Peek at desktop” feature
  • workspace switcher improvements
  • simplified background manager
  • keyboard navigation for context menus
  • updated appindicators and settings
  • support for displaying percentage next to the volume slider
  • hover delay functionality to hot corners.
  • For more details, see the changelog

Cinnamon 3.2 Vertical Panel

How to install Cinnamon 3.2 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10, there’s now stable build PPA available. Just open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the commands below to install it:

1. Run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon

Type your password when it asks (no visual feedback), and you may take a look at the PPA description before hitting Enter to continue.

Cinnamon 3.2 PPA

2. Then update package index and install Cinnamon Desktop:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install cinnamon

Once installed, log out and select log in back with Cinnamon session.


To uninstall the Cinnamon Desktop, simply run apt command with remove flag:

sudo apt remove cinnamon && sudo apt autoremove

And the PPA can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Cinnamon 3.0

Cinnamon 3.0, the GTK3 desktop environment developed by (and for) Linux Mint, was released yesterday afternoon.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the changes in Cinnamon 3.0 according to the release note:

  • Window management improvements on tiling, mapping and unmapping windows, compositor’s window groups and tracking of full screen windows
  • Improved out of the box touchpad support (edge-scrolling and two-finger-scrolling can now be configured independently and are both enabled by default)
  • New accessibility and sound settings (both rewritten as native cinnamon-settings modules)
  • Battery powered devices can be renamed
  • Different favorite applications can now be set for plain-text, documents and source code files
  • Panel launchers now include application actions
  • Animation effects are now enabled by default on dialogs and menus
  • Favorites and system options can now be disabled in the menu applet
  • The photo-frame desklet now also scans subdirectories
  • Improved support for GTK 3.20, Spotify 0.27, Viber

Cinnamon 3.0 in Ubuntu 16.04

How to Install Cinnamon 3.0 in Ubuntu:

Linux Mint users can upgrade to Cinnamon 3.0 via the update-manager. For Ubuntu, there’s a PPA contains unofficial (though probably closest to official) builds of Cinnamon releases for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, and a little old version of Ubuntu 14.04.

1. Add Cinnamon PPA

Open teriminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon

After typing your password, take a look at the PPA description in terminal output and hit Enter.

2. Then update and install the Cinnamon desktop via:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cinnamon

3. If everything goes OK, log out and select log in with Cinnamon session (or Cinnamon (Software Rendering) session if you want it use software rendering to do more of the graphical work).

Cinnamon Session

(Optional) To uninstall the Cinnamon session, use Synaptic Package Manager or run commands:

sudo apt-get remove cinnamon && sudo apt-get autoremove

And the PPA can be removed via Software & Updates -> Other Software utility.

Cinnamon 2.8

Linux Mint’s Desktop Environment Cinnamon 2.8 now is available for upgrade. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 15.04 via PPA.

Cinnamon 2.8 will be officially released and announced at the end of October. Currently known changes in the 2.8 release:

  • Better sound applet:

    The track info and media controls are now part of a new overlay which sits on top of the cover art. For supported players, a flat position bar is displayed underneath.


    Input controls, applications and output devices moved to the right-click context menu. Output devices now show their origins when multiple sound devices are detected (credits go to Cobinja for that).


  • Battery vendor/model info – display the presence of manufacturer data in the power settings and applet.
  • a couple of fixes to box pointers
  • The workspace switcher applet now shows a visual representation of your workspaces, with little cubes for the windows inside of them

Install Cinnamon 2.8 in Ubuntu:

There’s a PPA repository that contains Cinnamon 2.8 for Ubuntu 15.04. Ubuntu 15.10 should be support soon once it’s officially released. Check out the PPA page.

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal from the Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it open, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:moorkai/cinnamon


2. Update and install the DE via below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Once installed, log out and select log back with Cinnamon session.

3. (Optional) To remove Cinnamon, run commands:

sudo apt-get purge --auto-remove cinnamon

sudo apt-get autoremove