How to Install Linux Deepin Desktop on Ubuntu

Linux Deepin is a beautiful Linux Distro based on Ubuntu. While we have reviewed Linux Deepin and has full of praise for it, the latest version 12.12 is even better, more elegant and is running more smoothly. If you have no intention to format your PC and install Linux Deepin from scratch, here is how you can install the Linux Deepin Desktop on Ubuntu and access it from the login screen.

In your Ubuntu, open a terminal.

The first thing we are going to do is to add the repository for Linux Deepin packages.

Add the lines at the end of the file:

Press Ctrl + O follow by Ctrl + x to save and exit the sources list.

Next, we are going to fetch and import the public key for Linux Deepin packages.

Update the system.

Lastly, install the Linux Deepin desktop environment:

This will install a big bunch of files to your system and could take a long time, depending on your Internet connection.

Additionally, you can add the Deepin Music Player, Software Center and Settings panel to the mix:

Once the installation finished, restart your computer (or log out of your existing session). You should find the new Deepin Desktop Environment available for selection in the login screen.


Here are some screenshots:

Linux Deepin Desktop:


Linux Deepin Software Center:


Linux Deepin Music Player:


Linux Deepin System Settings


Note that this will not give you a complete Linux Deepin experience. Some of the applications (such as Nautilus) will retain their original look and feel. Nevertheless, this is still one of the best way to use Linux Deepin without reformatting your computer.

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. oh yes, i really want to install a horrible knockoff of an operating system, programmed and “created” by a PLA group company from China? NOT. stop stealing apple’s icons and code by cannonical and plastering your name on open source programming, Deepin. your shit’s a scary security vulnerability and a sham.

    1. What’s so bad about it???? If anyone is stealing Apple’s icons and code it’s Pear OS and Elementary OS……. Do your research!

  2. I want to add repo in linux 13 (ubuntu 12.04 LTS)!! So think this raring repo may harm my OS. Is there any way to use precise repo? :)

    1. You can use the following repo:

      deb precise main non-free universe
      deb-src precise main non-free universe

  3. It says this:
    W: Failed to fetch Unable to find expected entry ‘universe/source/Sources’ in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

  4. i tried linux deepin 12.12 and its not perfect it looks elegant and all but i find it Crap!!!…am going back to ubuntu with unity….just going to take Dmusic with me though, its the best player ive ever used on linux

    1. Boot into Unity destkop and run the following commands:

      sudo apt-get autoremove dde-meta-core python-deepin-gsettings deepin-music-player deepin-software-center

      Optionally, you can remove the Deepin repository from your sources.list too.

  5. I can’t say I like 12.12 at all, but the previous version 12.06 was the best Gnome distro I have come across.
    Lightweight, fast and intuitive, unlike it’s newer siblings.
    The only exception being the software center, which is slow to download from, if you aren’t in Asia.

  6. You can use the following repo:

    deb precise main
    deb-src precise main

  7. Im do like this
    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
    deb precise main
    deb-src precise main
    then in terminal
    gpg –import deepin-keyring.gpg
    sudo gpg –export –armor 209088E7 | sudo apt-key add –
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install deepin-desktop

  8. I tried to install on my Debian Wheezy but got several dependency errors:

    Alguns pacotes não puderam ser instalados. Isto pode significar que você solicitou uma situação impossível ou, se você está usando a distribuição instável, que alguns pacotes requeridos não foram criados ainda ou foram retirados da “Incoming”.
    A informação a seguir pode ajudar a resolver a situação:

    Os pacotes a seguir têm dependências desencontradas:
    dde-meta-core : Depende: compiz mas não será instalado
    Depende: session-migration mas não é instalável
    Depende: deepin-desktop-environment mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-desktop-environment-plugins mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-session mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-session-fastup mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-xsession-settings mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-system-tray mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-notifications mas não será instalado
    Depende: deepin-ui mas não será instalado
    Depende: lightdm mas não será instalado
    E: Impossível corrigir problemas, você manteve (hold) pacotes quebrados.

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