Enable Unity Desktop on Ubuntu

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This article gives the steps to add Unity Desktop to Ubuntu Desktop 17+ that now comes with Gnome as the default.


  1. Install Unity and all of its dependencies (~150Mb)
    sudo apt install unity
  2. Reboot
  3. At Login Screen Select the gear next to Sign in
  4. Select Unity


To remove the Unity Desktop do the following

  1. sudo apt remove unity
    sudo apt autoremove


If the desktop doesn't load and the login screen doesn't come up right. Access tty console (by pressing Ctrl+Alt +F*, where F* is any F1 - F6 key) and then troubleshoot greeter or remove Unity.