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Install Deepin Desktop Environment In Arch Linux

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Deepin desktop environment(DDE) is an elegant desktop environment written in Qt. It is the default desktop environment for Chinese-based distribution named Deepin. DDE supports most Linux operating systems such as Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE etc. In this guide, we will see how to install Deepin desktop environment in Arch Linux. In our previous posts, we wrote about Budgie and MATE DE installation in Arch Linux. If you’re interested to try them, have a look at the following links.

Install Deepin desktop environment in Arch Linux

Make sure your Arch Linux distribution is up-to-date.

To update Arch Linux distro, run the following command as root user from Terminal:

$ sudo pacman -Syu

Once the system is updated, reboot it to apply the changes.

$ sudo reboot

Now, we need to install xorg (X Window System) that provides graphical environment.

$ sudo pacman -S xorg xorg-server

Finally, run the following command to install Deepin desktop environment.

$ sudo pacman -S deepin

Additionally, you can install deepin-extras package to install Deepin game center, Deepin video player, Deepin music player, Deepin screen-shot tools, and Deepin terminal etc.

To do so, run:

$ sudo pacman -S deepin-extra

That's it. Deepin DE has been installed. Let us go ahead and configure the display manager.

Configure Deepin DE display manager

Deepin DE uses lightdm display manager. You need to enable DDE's lightdm greeter.

To do so, edit:

$ sudo vi /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Find the following line:


And, uncomment and change it as shown below.


Then, start and enable lightdm login manager to start at boot as shown below.

$ sudo systemctl start lightdm.service
$ sudo systemctl enable lightdm.service

Now, reboot your Arch Linux to log in to the Deepin DE.

Login to Deepin DE

Here it is how my Deepin DE login screen screen looks like. Enter your password to login.

Done! Start using Deepin DE.

Deepin DE is elegant and eye-candy. DDE works fine just out of the box, and has all goodies that brings a near perfect desktop experience.

Here are some screenshots of my Arch Linux with Deepin DE.

Deepin Desktop:

Deepin File manager:

Deepin music:

Deepin Movie:

Deepin Terminal:

Beautiful, isn't it?

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

If you have any sound problems, install pulseaudio packages.

$ sudo pacman -S pulseaudio pulseaudio-alsa

If you have any flickering problem or blank screen after installing Deepin, try to install lightdm-deepin-greeter using command:

$ sudo pacman -S lightdm-deepin-greeter

And, then reinstall deepin:

$ sudo pacman -Syu deepin

Reboot and see if it works. I tested it in my Arch Linux virtual machine. It worked just fine without any problems.

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heuristic September 13, 2016 - 2:48 am

Well I made it all the way to systemctl start and enable. Where do I use this command, in the /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf file or do I save after changing greeter-session=lightdm-deepin-greeter? Not sure. I saved the file greeter-session and tried to run the command to enable all I got was a blank black screen,

SK September 13, 2016 - 1:16 pm

Just open the file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf in any editor of your choice and uncomment the line “greeter-session=lightdm-deepin-greeter”. Save and close the file. Then, Start and enable deepin service. It should work.

Willy Alcatraz March 9, 2017 - 3:02 am

My control center isn’t the same as yours yet I did everything like you. Any solutions?

Das Jott June 4, 2017 - 5:34 pm

nope, does not work. start results in black screen and blinking cursor.

Guilherme Freire June 21, 2017 - 2:02 am

Try to install lightdm-deepin-greeter (pacman -Sy lightdm-deepin-greeter), then try reinstall deepin (pacman -Syu deepin). Worked for me.

Distrimedgi gi November 17, 2016 - 3:43 am

Hola! me pasó lo mismo, y el problema era que dejé un espacio en blanco al final de la línea. Solucionado

Enrique Barrero Ligero April 26, 2017 - 1:24 pm

When I try to install deepin I got a problem, already exists a file named lightdm and can not create a folder with same name.
Can I remove this file?

I am using Antergos distro


Das Jott June 4, 2017 - 5:33 pm

Same here. I simply did: sudo rm /etc/lightdm

So pacman can install its files. But next is the

systemctl start lightdm.service
which only gives black screen and blinking cursor.

Muzammil Khowaja May 4, 2017 - 9:34 pm

i install manjaro deepin 17 but now after install there i no deepin software center how to get software center

Das Jott June 4, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Manjaro deepin sadly does not want to be installed on my machine. It fails to write the bootloader. Some crappy python script…

Das Jott June 4, 2017 - 5:32 pm

This manual seemed to be good, but fails on

systemctl start lightdm.service

where it results in a black screen with a blinking cursor up left.
I really love Deepin but it does not want to be on my machine…

Franek Jaskulski June 5, 2017 - 9:38 pm

Can you help me? I’ve installed everything, then when i type systemctl start lightdm.service screen is black and flicker once every one second and stay black all the time, theres nothing on display, then i rebooted, typed systemctl enable lightdm.service and every reboot screen is flickering the same way, there is nothing on the screen, why is that?

aguswekss July 13, 2017 - 9:24 am

installed Arch + Deepin on my Asus Zenbook UX330CA. no problem at all. All the fn+keys are good except the light sensor , sleep and hibernate are smooth. It’s fast, and it’s beautiful. Made in China


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