How to install ubuntu-desktop and vnc?

I want to install ubuntu-desktop gui to my server and connect it to via vnc. I read a lot of articles but I couldn’t make any success. I installed apt-get install ubuntu-desktop and thinvncserver but when i connect only thing i see is a grey screen. I don’t know how to deal with this and idk how to use “nano” to edit files.

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@Fattur Actually, I need to seperately install sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop

And install this: sudo apt-get install gnome-core

Okey I think I’ve done it by these steps. Thank’s a lot to @sierracircle .

create new user by writing these: (vnc is username. you can choose whatever you want)

adduser vnc

enter a password


then login as new user

then write su and get root access then install those packges

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell && ubuntu-gnome-desktop && ubuntu-core -y
sudo apt-get install vnc4server -y

after installed these exit and be back to vnc(get rid of root rights) start vnc server by writing


it should be asked for a password. Define a password. You will use it to connect your server.

go to ftp manager and connect to your files find this file and make the changes that told at below


comment out these by #

#start on ((filesystem
#           and runlevel [!06]
#           and started dbus
#           and plymouth-ready)  
#	  or runlevel PREVLEVEL=S)

this will prevent gnome from starting at your console

then again in file manager goto your home direction and find the folder of the newly created user. in my case it was: /home/vnc in that folder you must see a folder as “.vnc” inside of that there is a file named “xstartup” . Exact path is :


Edit it with the following changes:


# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
#x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
#x-window-manager &

#gnome-session --session=ubuntu -geometry 1024x768 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &

metacity &
gnome-settings-daemon &
gnome-panel &

save the file and reboot your droplet then login with newly created user (vnc) and start vncserver again with


command. then connect to it by a vnc program. To address write your droplets ip and add vnc port. It should be like and login with your vnc password. That’s all. Happy end :)

Edit: Oh there is a little problem which is System Settings under System Tools is inaccessible

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