Pantheon is the most popular desktop environment amongst our readers. Bruguier Nicolas has created an unofficial Debian repository for it. If you like Pantheon desktop but for some reason you don’t want to use elementary OS then you might be interested. The repository can be currently added to Debian Stable only, so it’s not available for Testing or Sid branches. It contains all main parts of Pantheon desktop, including Wingpanel and Switchboard.

Select Pantheon session

Please note that this repository is fairly new, it needs testing. So use it only if you’re a tester.


The maintainer described the installation instructions on his Google+ page where he is looking for testers.

under root get gpg key of my repository:

wget q -O | apt-key add -

after add the pantheon-debian repository for jessie:

echo "deb jessie main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pantheon-debian.list

update repository:

apt-get update

and get patched packages for pantheon-debian:

apt-get dist-upgrade

then you can install pantheon desktop, if you want to install all pantheon packages which include pantheon-greeter launch:

apt-get install pantheon

elsewhere if you want to keep your preferred display manager launch;

apt-get install pantheon-shell

on the case of “apt-get install pantheon” the system ask for your prefered display manager (see screenshot), select lightdm

after install reboot, on first login do not forget to select pantheon session to launch pantheon-debian desktop (see screenshot)

after enjoy 😉

Pantheon about screen on Debian

The packages are currently only available for i386 and amd64 architectures, but Nicolas plans to add arm architecture as well in the future.