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Pantheon is the default desktop environment originally created for the elementary OS distribution. It is written from scratch using Vala and the GTK3 toolkit. With regards to usability and appearance, the desktop has some similarities with GNOME Shell and Mac OS X.


Warning: Pantheon cannot be launched currently due to a wingpanel bug. See relevant bug report here:

Pantheon is split into several packages which are available in the AUR. To get a minimal desktop interface, you may start by installing pantheon-session-bzrAUR. This will pull the following core components:

Note: Currently, pantheon-session-bzrAUR is just a bunch of shortcuts to various components, you will need a Display Manager to launch a session.

Additionally, you may install the following packages:

Note: You will also need to install plugs, look for "switchboard-plug-*" in the AUR, only a few of them work as intended right now.

Additional Infos

Github repository

All Pantheon related PKGBUILDs can be found on my GitHub repository:

You will need to build at least 'bamf' from there because the AUR package is out of date and belongs to another TU who won't answer my plights to use my working PKGBUILD. Building 'gala-bzr' and 'pantheon-files-bzr' from there is also recommended, pantheon-files-bzrAUR has wrong dependencies, but the current maintainer of the AUR packages whished to keep maintaining them and I did not want to abuse my superpowers.

Stable releases

Several of the listed packages have seen stable releases, it is recommended to use them when available, they are available on the GitHub repository and in the AUR.

Packages based on older evolution-data-server

dexter-contacts-bzrAUR, feedler-bzrAUR and maya-calendar-bzrAUR do not build because they are based on evolution-data-server 3.2. Arch Linux provides version 3.8 which uses a different API.