How to install elementary OS Loki in 3 easy steps

As most of you probably know, Loki is the next version (0.4) of the beautiful and minimalistic elementary OS. At the moment it is still under active development and there’s no testing ISO available yet. However there are still some videos popped up over the internet about Loki so you may wonder how did they install it already.


Well, Loki is going to be based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS released in next month and the final beta of it is out since yesterday. There’s also an elementary daily PPA which you can add to Ubuntu and install elementary packages from it. First and foremost please note that Loki is under heavy development at the moment, it might be unstable, it might even break your system so don’t use it on a production environment. At this point, Ubuntu is also in a beta stage so it’s really not recommended to install Loki on it now unless you want to test it for some reason.

How to install elementary OS 0.4 Loki?

  1. Download Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 2 and install it on your system.
  2. Once installed, add elementary daily PPA by typing the following in Terminal:
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily
  3. Update the system and install elementary-desktop package:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install elementary-desktop

Once elementary desktop is installed you have to select Pantheon desktop environment on the login screen:


After logging in you’ll see the yet unstable elementary OS Loki. You may notice that there are some duplicated apps, it is because Ubuntu apps and elementary applications are also present.


  • Jarl Gjessing

    Cool, really nice to see the possibility to try out Loki. Though, could one not install from a minimal iso to avoid duplicates?

    • pappfer

      Yes, that’s probably a better idea actually. I would wait for the beta though. It should be out soon.

      • Ivan Toshkov

        Out now 🙂

        • Jarl Gjessing

          And still, no VPN and I haven’t figured out how to add it. I have added gnome/networkmanager openvpn etc, but still nothing shows up 🙂

    • This is exactly what I did… and it created a totally clean [non duplicates] system.
      Ubuntu 16.04 is out of beta now… so I used the official 16.04 mini.iso and just didn’t install a GUI at all.

      Two Notes of Caution:
      Before add-app-repository will work you have to:
      sudo apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties

      For some reason OpenVPN doesn’t show up in Network Manager Applet after being installed
      [still trying to find a workaround for this].

      • Jarl Gjessing

        I’m currently using an unofficial beta I found and it too does not have openvpn:-(
        So this is not your problem alone:-)

        • Анатолий Гусляков

          I too. You can install (or collect from source) Elementary tweaks?