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Install Gnome GUI on CentOS 7


Jan, 18

If you are a Linux system admin, you spend most of your time on working in terminal. It is probable that you like to work on GUI instead of a terminal. By default, CentOS 7 installed as the minimal server, and you can change installation type at setup steps. Imagine you have installed CentOS 7 with default installation type and you need GUI environment ; in this guide we will help you to install Gnone GUI on CentOS 7 on the top of the minimal server installation.

Notice: Linux distributions support different type of GUI environment such as KDE, Gnome, etc. You can install each of these GUI that you desire.

Optional: You can list available package groups for CentOS 7 by running the following command:

yum group list

The output will be like the below:

Install Gnome GUI on CentOS 7

step1: update your centos using the following command:

yum update

Step 2: Install Gnome GUI using the Yum command.

# yum group install "GNOME Desktop" "Graphical Administration Tools"

Step 3: Add GUI to system startup scripts. In CentOS 7, the /etc/inittab file is no more used to change run levels and  systemd uses “targets” instead of runlevel. To enable the GUI on system startup, issue the following command.

# ln -sf /lib/systemd/system/runlevel5.target /etc/systemd/system/default.target

Step 4: To start the server in the graphical mode, reboot the machine.

# reboot

That’s All. You have successfully installed Gnome GUI on CentOS 7.

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