Install GNOME 3 on FreeBSD

In this tutorial I'll explain how to install GNOME3 on FreeBSD.


GNOME is a user-friendly interface. It has a bar with which applications can be started, and status information can be displayed. Programs and data can be stored on the surface and standard tools are available.

We will install the full GNOME package gnome3 so that we get the complete GNOME suite on the system.

If you use the latest branch, which I explain you here. You can install GNOME like this.

root: pkg install gnome3

Otherwise, you can install it with this command.

root: pkg install gnome3-lite

GNOME requires a mounted /proc filesystem. We therefore add the following line to /etc/fstab so that procfs is automatically mounted at system start:

root: nano /etc/fstab =>

proc    /proc   procfs  rw  0   0

GNOME needs D-Bus, and we enable the service, so it's started automatically when the system boots:

root: service dbus enable

We use gdm as the session manager. To enable GDM, we do this:

root: service gdm enable

As a general rule, it is advisable to start all GNOME services:

root: service gnome enable

GDM will now start automatically when the system starts up.