AlmaLinux 9 Gnome Desktop Environment Installation

This tutorial intends to teach you Gnome Desktop Environment Installation Steps on AlmaLinux 9. Gnome is a free and open-source desktop environment that is available for all Linux distros. AlmaLinux 9 ships with Gnome version 40.4.0. You can easily get the Gnome desktop by using the “Server with GUI“ group. 

Does AlmaLinux use GNOME?

AlmaLinux contains Gnome mini and Gnome. GNOME Mini contains a core GNOME environment with a Firefox browser. GNOME contains a full GNOME environment with popular workstation applications like LibreOffice and more.

How To Enable GUI Mode in AlmaLinux?

To enable it, you must proceed to the following steps to get the GUI package and install it. Then, enable it by setting it to the graphical mode. To do this, you can follow the steps below.

Gnome Desktop Environment Installation Steps on AlmaLinux 9

Before you start, you must have access to your server as a root or non-root user with sudo privileges. For this purpose, you can check the Initial Server Setup with AlmaLinux 9.

Step 1 – Run System update and List Available Environment Groups

The first step is to run the system update and get the available environment groups on your AlmaLinux 9. To do this, you can use the following commands:

sudo dnf update -y

Search for available environment groups with the command below:

sudo dnf group list

In your output you will see:

available environment groups in AlmaLinux 9

As you can see, you should have the Server with GUI package under your available environment groups in AlmaLinux 9.

You can easily use this package to get the Gnome GUI desktop environment.

Step 2 – Gnome GUI Desktop Installation on AlmaLinux 9

At this point, you can simply use the following command to install the Server with the GUI package:

sudo dnf groupinstall "Server with GUI"

As you can see, the package contains Gnome. Enter Y to complete your installation.

Install Gnome Environment Group AlmaLinux 9

This process may take some time to complete.

Step 3 – Enable Gnome GUI Mode on AlmaLinux 9

At this point, you can enable the graphical interface GUI mode by using the following command:

sudo systemctl set-default

In your output, you will see:

Enable GUI Mode AlmaLinux 9

As you can see, the default target has been removed and the graphical target is enabled.

Finally, reboot your server to apply the changes:


Step 4 – Access AlmaLinux 9 Gnome GUI Desktop

At this point, you can access your GUI desktop by using the XRDP session. Once you log in, you will see your Gnome GUI desktop.

Gnome GUI desktop

When you read about your system information, you will see you have Gnome version 40.4.0.

Gnome version

That’s it, you are done.


At this point, you have learned Gnome desktop environment Installation steps on AlmaLinux 9 and enabled the GUI mode. Also, you can easily access your desktop GUI by using the XRDP. Hope you enjoy using it.

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