Pantheon Desktop on Debian

Pantheon Desktop for Debian are packages taken from elementary, adjusted and recompiled for usage on Debian Stretch and on Debian Buster (testing).

Pantheon Desktop packages cannot be tested as extensively as Debian Stretch/Buster, and this packages are provided on an as-is basis, with risk of incompatibilities with other components in Debian. Use with care!

The Pantheon Desktop was based under current Elementary Loki branch for Stretch, and under Elementary Juno branch for Buster. The repository located at contains:

  • a branch for stretch: stretch-loki with the following architectures:

    • amd64

    • i386
  • a branch for buster (testing): testing-daily with the following architectures:

    • amd64

    • i386

Add Pantheon Desktop to your sources.list

You can enable pantheon debian repositories by installing the pantheon-debian-repos.deb.

You can install it manually by running this:

  1. Install required dependencies if needed

    apt-get install apt-transport-https software-properties-common wget

  2. Download package file

    • for stretch:


    • for buster (testing):


  3. Install it

    • for stretch:

      dpkg -i pantheon-debian-repos_0.4-0+pantheon+stretch+loki1_all.deb

    • for buster (testing):

      dpkg -i pantheon-debian-repos_0.5-0+pantheon+testing+daily1_all.deb

  4. Update your repositories:

    apt-get update

Install pantheon desktop

To install pantheon desktop launch:

apt-get install pantheon

or to install only pantheon desktop without greeter:

apt-get install pantheon-shell

Launch pantheon desktop

To launch pantheon desktop select pantheon when launching session on greeter.

Third-party packages

The repository provides some usefull third-party packages:

Live USB

We also provide a live iso to test and use pantheon under Debian Buster with amd64 architecture. WARNING !! this live cd run with a very newer version of pantheon desktop and is much more a toy than a real serious live cd, it is provided as-is.


Can you use this live CD in persistent mode. You can use this script to build under an USB drive:

Download the live iso and the script



Set the right permission to launch it

chmod +x

And launch the script with root account with iso filename and the usb device for example /dev/sdc here:

./ pantheon-debian-amd64.hybrid.iso /dev/sdc

WARNING !! this script erase all datas on device use it with care.