Debian Tutorial, How to install MATE Desktop on Debian 7.5

MATE Desktop is a nice desktop manager that has been used by Linux Mint. This MATE Desktop features an easier way to access applications, documents and has a sleek design. For you who does not like Unity or GNOME 3 looks, you can try this MATE. This tutorial is going to show you how to install MATE Desktop on Debian 7, Debian 7.5.

To install MATE on Debian, we need to add the repository first. Open /etc/apt/source.list file with your favorite text editor as root.

nano /etc/apt/source.list

Now add the following line into it

deb wheezy main

Add the repository key to the system

apt-key add mate-archive-keyring.gpg
apt-get –yes –quiet –allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring

Update Debian

apt-get update

Now install MATE desktop with more extras

apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extra


How to install MAte Desktop on Debian 7




  1. This line of code did nothing except generate errors.

    apt-get –yes –quiet –allow-unauthenticated install mate-archive-keyring

    So I just skipped it altogether and the install still worked.

    I just installed Debian 7.5

  2. Hi. Do you know how to put the favorite menu like “Linux Mint”?.

    Thank you.

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