How to Install MATE Desktop 1.22 in Ubuntu 18.04

MATE Desktop

MATE desktop environment 1.22 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS via PPA.

MATE desktop 1.22 release highlights:

  • Crazy amount of rework to MATE panel to make it work with Wayland.
  • Support for metacity-themes upgraded to version 3 in marco window manager
  • Session manager now properly terminates all processes on systemd.
  • Fully ported a number of programs to Python 3
  • Caja file manager can optionally display desktop notifications
  • And plenty of critical bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements

How to Install MATE 1.22 in Ubuntu 18.04:

An unofficial PPA has built the packages for Ubuntu 18.04, so you can install MATE desktop 1.22 via following steps.

1. Add the PPA:

Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut, or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/mate-1.22

Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.


2. Install MATE desktop packages:

After adding the PPA, run commands to check updates and install the desktop packages:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install mate-desktop-environment

Once installed, reboot and choose MATE desktop session from login screen.


Uninstall MATE 1.22:

To RESTORE MATE desktop to the original version available in your system repository, run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:jonathonf/mate-1.22

To completely REMOVE MATE desktop environment, run command:

This command will completely remove the Mate desktop as well as Caja file manager. Don’t do it in Ubuntu MATE, Linux Mint MATE edition.

sudo apt remove --auto-remove mate-* libmate* atril-common caja-common engrampa-common eom-common gir1.2-matemenu-2.0 gir1.2-pluma-1.0 marco-common pluma-common


To remove the PPA repository, go to Software & Updates > Other Software.


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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. Tried to take it for a test run. Booted up to a black screen. Tried uninstalling it in terminal using your code… Total fail. Your uninstall did not work. Can’t remove any of your repositories…and left my machine with a host of issues. Can’t bring up Caja, terminal, no desktop icons, etc. Having to do a full reinstall from a USB.

  2. This is absolutely USELESS!!!! the “ppa:jonathonf/mate-1.22” repository does NOT contain Ubuntu Mate and following the instructions were a complete waste of time.

  3. I concur with the above comment these steps basically just brick your system!

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