How to Install Cinnamon 3.2 in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

Last updated: November 20, 2016

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.


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