Installing GNOME 40 in Ubuntu 21.04

With the recent release of GNOME 40 many people are itching to try many of the awesome new features available. Unfortunately, we may not see GNOME 40 natively integrated into Ubuntu until the next 22.04 LTS release. Thankfully someone by the name of shemgp has ported GNOME 40 over as a PPA so we can get a testing preview of what GNOME 40 could be within Ubuntu. I tested this on both 20.04 LTS and 20.10 with no luck, but it was (kinda) working within Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo.

WARNING: This is unofficial and there are noticeable issues. I’m doing this in a virtual testing environment. If you want to test this on your Ubuntu install consider doing this in a virtual machine. If you want to test on hardware PLEASE create a snapshot with time shift first so you can revert any changes.

Adding the Repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shemgp/gnome-40
sudo apt update

Manually Updating

sudo apt install mutter gnome-shell gnome-session fonts-cantarell

Check and Reboot

gnome-shell --version

Switch to Xorg

Now if you boot into your system it will be very glitchy and unstable. This is because of Wayland. To boot into Xorg logout of the system and click on your username. From there click on the gear icon on the bottom left and select GNOME on Xorg. When you login it should be much more usable.

How do you like GNOME 40?

Below you can leave a comment telling us your experience with GNOME 40. If you want a stable experience I recommend checking out Fedora 34. Right now it is in beta, but the official release is coming out very soon. If you’re interested check this short video on going over the highlights of what’s new in GNOME 40.

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Niladri Sekhar Roy
3 months ago

It didn’t work as expected on my system.

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