Install GNOME-Shell in Arch Linux

By | 2010/06/26

I was getting curious about the progress of the new GNOME-Shell (which will be part of GNOME 3.x), so I went to find how to install it in Arch Linux. It is, just like a number of things, available in the Arch User Repository (AUR), but I also found that there is an official package in the gnome-unstable repository. This post outlines how to add the gnome-unstable repository and install GNOME-Shell in Arch Linux


The first requirement for installing GNOME-Shell is the addition of the gnome-unstable repository. This can be done by adding the following to your /etc/pacman.conf:

Server =$repo/os/$arch/

You’ll notice I’m using, but you should be able to use your own preferred mirror.

Once you’ve added the repository, you can add the GNOME-Shell using the following command:

sudo pacman -Sy gnome-shell clutter


To launch GNOME-Shell (and replace your current environment for this session), run:

gnome-shell --replace

You should now be in GNOME Shell. Have fun playing with this, still in development, Desktop Environment.

4 thoughts on “Install GNOME-Shell in Arch Linux

  1. ETNyx

    @ Goce

    @ Melroy van den Berg

    Do you have got installed gnome2??? Its problem you must reinstall some old library and add some new like gtk3(new), gnome-desktop(reinstall), libcanberra(reinstall + possible uninstall pulse plugin) and much more. Then its start work 🙂

  2. qaov

    If you have ATI card it doesn`t work.
    It need xorg-server 1.10, it`s available in testing repo and ati-catalyst 11.4 which is test version now and it`s unstable.

    Wait for stable 11.4 catalyst.

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