If you are a newcomer from Mac OS and want to use Linux then I would recommend you to use and install Elementary OS. This OS is one of the best and beautiful Linux distros available in the Linux community. This system is rock solid stable and secure as it’s based on Ubuntu LTS. On top of Ubuntu, it comes with some amazing and elegant custom software that increase and improve user experiences and provide a stable system.

Best Things To Do After Installing Elementary OS

Today I will be sharing some best things to do after installing Elementary OS. Though what should be done, it depends on how a user will use the system for any specific task. But here all the tips and steps are very basic so any user can use all those or some of those.

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As I have said earlier, elementary os is based on Ubuntu so you can check my other tutorials on “ Best Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu and Top Things To Do After Installing Linux Mint ”. You may find many effective and useful tips and tricks to implement in your Elementary OS system if think it fits the requirement.

1.  Enable Additional Repositories

Before doing a system update and upgrade, you must enable additional repositories like software packaged by Canonical. Go to software & updates and In the other software tab, enables “Canonical Partners”. Now close the application, and if it asks for software reload, ignores it.

2.  Update and Upgrade Your System

This is the first and foremost things to do after installing any Linux distros. This will update all the files and packages in the repository as per latest one. You should run the update at least once in a week so that all the libraries and packages remain updated. Here you need to follow the below command in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

3.  Install Multimedia Codecs and Enable DVD Playback

By default, Elementary OS does not provide any media codec to play multimedia files. So to enjoy movies, music, and entertaining application, you need to install media codecs.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get install libavcodec-extra
sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg

4.  Install Some Important Software

Here I am sharing a list of best software, use it as per your requirement. All the installation instruction is for Terminal so run the commands.

  • VLC Media Player

Best multimedia software available in the software repository.

sudo apt-get install vlc
  • Plugin Flash Player and Pepper Flash

Though all the modern browsers are leaving using the flash plugin or come with pre-built like google chrome if you use firefox then Install Plugin Flash Player and Pepper Flash by running the following command in the Terminal.

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer pepperflashplugin-nonfree
  • JAVA

Java is one of the important software for any sort of development of web element. Install it by following the below command.

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java9-installer
  • Archive Formats and Restricted Extras
sudo apt-get install unace rar unrar p7zip-rar p7zip sharutils uudeview mpack arj cabextract lzip lunzip
  • LibreOffice Suites

This office suite application will let you forget about Microsoft office. This is the best alternative to ms office application. LibreOffice is a must have software for all the Linux distros.

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sudo apt-get install libreoffice
  • Install other web browsers

Elementary OS comes with a different browser application called Epiphany web browser so you might want to install google chrome or firefox. Run the following command in the Terminal.

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser firefox
  • Torrent Application

This system does not come with any torrent software so install your favorite one.


sudo apt-get install transmission


sudo apt-get install deluge


sudo apt-get install qbittorrent


sudo apt-get install ktorrent
  • Install Steam

If you are a game freak then this piece of amazing and effective game engine software is a must-have for your Elementary OS.

sudo apt-get install steam
  • Install Windows Software

By installing wine, you can install many windows application in the elementary os.

sudo apt-get install wine
  • OpenSSH Server

This application is a must-have if you want to get access the Command Line from a remote computer into your system.

sudo apt-get install openssh-server
  • GIMP

Best Photoshop alternative for the Linux community.

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sudo apt-get install gimp
  • Inkscape

It let you create and manage vector images and drawings.

sudo apt-get install inkscape


It’s a perfect application for 3d modeling, animation, and video editing.

sudo apt-get install blender
  • Kdenlive

If you are searching for only best video editing software then install one and only Kdenlive.

sudo apt-get install kdenlive
  • Ardour

This software for those people who does serious audio editing.

sudo apt-get install ardour
  • Shutter
sudo apt-get install shutter
  • Scribus
sudo apt-get install scribus
  • Audacity

It will let you do light and basic audio editing.

sudo apt-get install audacity
  • Education Software


sudo apt-get install gcompris


sudo apt-get install kalzium

Dr. Geo

sudo apt-get instal drgeo

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5.  Install gdebi

Why have I made a separate subheading of this installation? I could include this one into the above grouping. This application is really important if you want to install some out-of-repository apps like Chrome, Skype, and Dropbox. After installing gdebi, you just download the compiled apps “deb” format from the specific official site and click to install.

sudo apt-get install gdebi

6.  Install Backup Software

Here I will recommend you to use Timeshift backup software for further precaution. This backup software does not only take system backup but also it lets you use that backup copy on others computer. So you can make a master copy distro and install that copy as much as you want. Run the following command to install the Timeshift.

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sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install timeshift

7.  Power and Heat Management

These two very best and useful apps of power management is a must-have for your system. This will help to minimize the power consumption and reduce the heat problem of the elementary os system if you face any.

  • Install TLP
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start
  • Install Laptop Mode Tools
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install laptop-mode-tools

After installing, get the GUI for further customization by running the following command.

gksu lmt-config-gui

8.  Tweak Your System

Elementary Tweak helps you to change many aspects of the system like change themes, icons, various maximize and minimize window buttons, enable double click etc. Run the following command in the terminal to install Tweak Tool.

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpstark/elementary-tweaks-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks

9.  Install Themes and Icons

By installing themes and icons, you can change the overall traditional look of your system into something elegant and nice looking. As Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu, so you can have a look on “All in One Best Ubuntu Themes that will Blow Your Mind” which is mainly written for Ubuntu but you can also use those magnificent Themes and Icons on your Elementary OS. And Learn How to Install Beautiful Linux Themes and Icons On any Linux Distros.

10.  Speed Up Your System

Elementary OS is a solid and secure system which is optimized for higher performances but sometimes you may feel that the system get sluggish after using some period. So here you can follow some best tips for speeding up the system by following 9 Awesome and Easy Useful Tips To Speed Up Ubuntu. It is written for mainly for Ubuntu but similarly few tips are applicable for Elementary OS also as it’s based on Ubuntu.

Final Thought

All the above tweaks and tips are tested on the latest version of Elementary OS Linux Distro. But here you might have noticed that I did not remove “-get” after “apt”, as removed from the latest version so that the users from the older version can also use the commands to install preferred software.

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What Did You Do?

Did you like all the above tips and tweaks? Or did you do something else after installing Elementary OS? Share your experiences and suggestions in the comment below. If you like this tutorial then share it on social media and with your friends who want to use the Elementary OS

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  1. Awesome. Thanks a lot for the quick reference. Arrived searching for the nvidia drivers stayed because the great complete article.

  2. Nice article. However, there is one typo on the archive formats command. The install command was left off the apt-get command. It says “sudo apt-get unace rar…” while it should say “sudo apt-get install unace rar…”.

    Thanks for the tips.


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