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Template:Article summary start Template:Article summary text Template:Article summary heading Template:Article summary wiki: GNOME is the framework that Cinnamon is based on. Template:Article summary wiki: Another fork of GNOME that is geared towards a GNOME 2 experience. Template:Article summary end

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 was 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.


Cinnamon can be installed with the package cinnamon, available in the official repositories.

To get a full desktop environment, it's recommended to install the whole gnome group additionally.

Starting Cinnamon

Graphical log-in

Simply choose Cinnamon or Cinnamon 2D session from your favourite display manager. Cinnamon is the 3D accelerated version, which should be normally used. If you experience problems with your video driver (e.g. artifacts or crashing), try the Cinnamon 2D session, which disables 3D acceleration.

Starting Cinnamon manually

If you prefer to start Cinnamon manually from the console, add the following line to your ~/.xinitrc file:

 exec gnome-session-cinnamon

After the exec command is placed, Cinnamon can be launched by typing startx. See xinitrc for details.


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

Simply run the following command:


Each settings panel can be accessed directly with the following commands:

cinnamon-settings panel
cinnamon-settings calendar
cinnamon-settings themes
cinnamon-settings applets
cinnamon-settings windows
cinnamon-settings fonts
cinnamon-settings hotcorner
so on.

Installing Applets/Extensions

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

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 likely, the 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.


QGtkStyle unable to detect the current theme

Installing libgnome-data solves the problem partially, and QGtkStyle will detect the current GTK+ theme. However, to set the same icon and cursor theme, users must specify them explicitly.

The icon theme for Qt apps can be configured by the following command:

$ gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/interface/icon_theme Faenza-Dark

This sets the icon theme to Faenza-Dark located in /usr/share/icons/Faenza-Dark.

The cursor theme for Qt apps can be selected by creating a symbolic link:

$ mkdir ~/.icons
$ ln -s /usr/share/icons/Adwaita ~/.icons/default

This sets the cursor theme to Adwaita located in /usr/share/icons/Adwaita.

Pressing power buttons suspends the system

This is the default behaviour. To show the shutdown menu for example, change the setting for the respective buttons:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power button-power 'interactive'

Users may need to do this for the hibernate button as well:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power button-power 'interactive'

Icons do not show on the desktop

Icons might not show when nautilus and nemo are both installed. To fix the issue remove the file manager(s) not in use. In case icons are not showing despite having just one file manager installed, enable desktop icons:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

Volume level is not saved

The volume level is not be saved after reboot. The volume will be at 0 but not muted. Installing alsa-utils will solve the problem.