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There are cases when it is easier to manage a server using a GUI instead of with SSH. We are going to install Lubuntu Desktop on an Ubuntu server. After installation, you will be able to access the Lubuntu desktop using a VNC client.


  • Server with Ubuntu 18.04 x64 installed.
  • Login with sudo rights or root.

Installing Lubuntu-desktop on Ubuntu

Login to your VPS server via the terminal.

Update Repositories and Packages,Make sure that all of your packages and dependencies are up-to-date.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgra

Press Y and hit enter when asked if you want to continue.

Install the Lubuntu Desktop.

apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

It can take up to ten minutes for the installation. After the installation, you'll have a full-fledged desktop with some handy applications like AbiWord for docs and FireFox for web browsing.

Reboot the VPS.


Accessing the Desktop

Option 1

Vultr has a View Console option for servers and Vultr's noVNC is a secure alternative to VNC.

Click the View Console option for your server and you'll see an Ubuntu desktop.

Login using your username and your password.

Option 2

Install VNC Server and access it using any VNC client.

Install tightvncserver.

apt-get install tightvncserver

Run vncserver.


Set a password for your server. If you are having a problem running vncserver like Couldn't start Xtightvnc; trying default font path., install xfonts-base and re-run vncserver.

apt-get install xfonts-base

Once vncserver starts running, you'll see a message like this one:

New 'X' desktop is yourhostname:1

Connect to your server using the VNC client.

Host: your server IP 
port: 5901 
password: you set for vncserver

Now you can use your server to perform tasks with the ease of a GUI.

Ctrl + Alt + F4

Ctrl + Alt + F7


Other GUI Desktop 

1.choice GUI Desktop kind You can install the default Ubuntu desktop by executing the following:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

There are many desktop alternatives which you may install and use, like:

Gnome 3


 sudo apt-get install gnome-shell


see Kubuntu installation:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop


installation: sudo apt-get install xfce4



sudo apt-get install lxde



sudo apt-get install openbox

Gnome Classic (old) a Gnome 3 desktop that looks like

Gnome 2


sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

Ubuntu Gnome (Official flavor) installation:

sudo apt install ubuntu-gnome-desktop .



Download Ubuntu Desktop