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Summary help replacing me
This article covers basic installation procedures and configuration methods in Cinnamon.
Gnome: Gnome is the framework that cinnamon is based on.
MATE: Another fork of gnome that is geared towards a gnome2 experience.

Cinnamon is a Linux desktop which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience. The desktop layout is similar to Gnome 2. However, the underlying technology is forked from Gnome Shell. The emphasis is put on making users feel at home and providing them with an easy to use and comfortable desktop experience.

Note: Cinnamon is not in the official repositories, so it is not supported by official Arch developers.


Install cinnamonAUR from the Arch User Repository. Alternatively, you can install cinnamon-gitAUR.

cinnamonAUR has two AUR dependencies. Using makepkg -s will not retreive the following packages:

If you are installing cinnamon-gitAUR, the packages change only slightly:

Note: Previously, cinnamon-extensions-gitAUR and cinnamon-themes-gitAUR were used to install some themes and extensions, but they are now deprecated (see here). Instead, visit

Because Cinnamon is a fork of the GNOME3 shell you can install the whole gnome group from the Official Repositories, or just the packages you need.

At last you have to add this to your ~/.xinitrc:

exec ck-launch-session gnome-session-cinnamon

Users of SLiM can omit ck-launch-session (see SLiM note):

exec gnome-session-cinnamon


Cinnamon is quite easy to configure - a lot of the configuration that most people will want can be done graphically. Its usability can be customized with applets and extensions, and also it supports theming.

Cinnamon Settings

Configuring cinnamon is simple. Run any of the following commands:

cinnamon-settings panel
cinnamon-settings calendar
cinnamon-settings themes
cinnamon-settings applets
cinnamon-settings windows
cinnamon-settings fonts
cinnamon-settings hotcorner

and so on.

Installing Applets/Extensions

The difference between an applet and an extension is that an applet is basically an addition to a panel, whereas an extension can completely change the cinnamon experience and can do much more than an applet.

There are quite a few packages in the AUR (AUR package search for cinnamon). The process described here is a generic installation process.

Installing applets in cinnamon is relatively easy. First visit Cinnamon Applets to see all of the current applets. Download the zip file for the desired applet, and extract to ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/ or /usr/share/cinnamon/applets. Then run

cinnamon-settings applets

to bring up the graphical applets manager. If the applet does not show up, press Template:Keypress and type r and press enter. This will restart gnome-shell and hopefully allow you to see your new applet.

The process is analogous for extensions, with the only difference being that directories titled "applets" can be changed to "extensions".

Creating Custom Applets/Themes

The official tutorial from Clement Lefebvre on creating an applet can be found here.

The official tutorial from Clement Lefebvre on creating a custom theme can be found here.