What is the recommended way to install Gnome on Fedora 30 Server?

Quite some time ago, I recall installing the “Fedora Workstation” group to add Gnome Desktop to an existing Fedora Server installation:

sudo dnf group install “Fedora Workstation”

I’ve just tried it with Fedora 30, and whether or not it worked in the past, it definitely doesn’t work now. I get:

Problem: problem with installed package fedora-release-server-30-1.noarch

  • package fedora-release-server-30-1.noarch conflicts with system-release provided by fedora-release-workstation-30-1.noarch
  • package fedora-release-workstation-30-1.noarch conflicts with system-release provided by fedora-release-server-30-1.noarch
  • conflicting requests

Apparently Fedora Workstation and Fedora Server represent mutually exclusive software installations (now, if not before).

I’ve found group installs for several other desktop environments (Mate, Cinnamon, Xfce, etc), but nothing that installs Gnome in a singular cohesive step. I’ve tried installing it and gdm piecemeal, but while it sort-of works it’s clear that numerous parts are missing and/or broken (gnome-terminal won’t even start, giving a cryptic error).

The only seemingly relevant results I get from a google search for “installing gnome on fedora server” are pages on discussion.fedoraproject.org which have apparently all been deleted en masse.

What is the correct approach for setting up the Gnome desktop on a Fedora installation that doesn’t already have it?



sudo dnf group install “GNOME Desktop Environment”


Additional to this you have to tell the system start automatically in GUI Environment because for default start in CLI mode:

 # systemctl set-default graphical.target
 # reboot

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As I said, I have found no Yum/DNF group install in Fedora 30 that installs GNOME completely in a single step. “GNOME Desktop Environment” does not exist on any Red Hat system I work with.

For what it’s worth, I’ve found that RHEL 7 has “Server with GUI” which I recall does install GNOME. Oddly, my CentOS 7 server is different, it has “Server with GUI” and “GNOME Desktop” (but not “GNOME Desktop Environment”). My RHEL 6 system has some “Desktop” related groups that probably include GNOME, but none which include it in the name explicitly.

Neither Fedora 29 nor Fedora 30 Server have any of these.

Is there some repository I need to add or enable, to have access to these? Surely adding GNOME to Fedora must be pretty common. (And again, I recall that I’ve run into this problem before, which I believe in the past was fixed by just installing the Fedora Workstation group on top of a Server installation. Is it intentional that this no longer works?)

What is the output of this command on your server?

sudo dnf grouplist

this command gives you all available groups in your box, there are plenty of them:

once you have found out your group you would like to install, install it by:

sudo dnf group install [group name]


That is the command that I’ve been using for the purposes of this thread. On Fedora 30 it produces the output I’ve pasted here.

There might be a group in that list that will do what I want, but if that’s the case it isn’t obvious from the group names.

I’ve found the answer to my initial question, but the answer creates another question.

From the archived site (a page which I couldn’t read earlier because the link from Google no longer works), I learned that the required command is

sudo dnf groupinstall gnome

which produces a list of components a mile long that I’d missed in my attempt to install GNOME manually. Including, at the end, the helpful message that it’s installing the group “GNOME”.

By what means (other than reading a forum post, i.e. googling and praying) are we to know what groups actually exist, since we now have proof that “sudo dnf grouplist” does not actually provide the full list?

What other groups are there? How does one get the full list?

I’m talking about Fedora I do not know about RHEL .
In fedora you can list all groups include hidden groups like this .

sudo dnf group list hidden -v

sudo dnf group list hidden -v |grep -i gnome

to install group example gnome group .

sudo dnf group install “GNOME Desktop Environment”


sudo dnf group install gnome-desktop


sudo dnf install @gnome-desktop

The three command are the same.

Maybe you need later enable gdm.service(gnome display manager) and set target to graphical.target .

sudo systemctl enable gdm.service

sudo systemctl set-default graphical.target

Groups are defined in repositories see this link.


you ca also try --excludepkg option see this link .

I’ve used your command to view (what is hopefully) the full, actual list of groups, and again I don’t see a “GNOME Desktop Environment” group. (see paste below). At the end I even tried installing it anyway (in case it actually exists, but I’m still not getting the full list even with “hidden”) and it produces the error included at the end of the pasted output. It appears that “GNOME” or its alias “gnome-desktop” are the only viable group names for it, in Fedora.

Why are groups “hidden” at all? And why such an important, fundamental software system like “GNOME”? (Again, this group is hidden in other Fedora variants as well, though apparently not for other Red Hat OSes.)

It appears that this forum has inexplicably started to refuse links to Pastebin, so I’ll paste the results here.

Loaded plugins: builddep, changelog, config-manager, copr, debug, debuginfo-install, download, generate_completion_cache, needs-restarting, playground, repoclosure, repodiff, repograph, repomanage, reposync
DNF version: 4.2.2
cachedir: /var/cache/dnf
Unknown configuration value: failovermethod=priority in /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates-modular.repo; Configuration: OptionBinding with id "failovermethod" does not exist
Unknown configuration value: failovermethod=priority in /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates-modular.repo; Configuration: OptionBinding with id "failovermethod" does not exist
Unknown configuration value: failovermethod=priority in /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates-modular.repo; Configuration: OptionBinding with id "failovermethod" does not exist
repo: using cache for: fedora-modular
not found other for: Fedora Modular 30 - x86_64
not found deltainfo for: Fedora Modular 30 - x86_64
not found updateinfo for: Fedora Modular 30 - x86_64
fedora-modular: using metadata from Sat 27 Apr 2019 04:39:22 AM CDT.
repo: using cache for: updates-modular
not found other for: Fedora Modular 30 - x86_64 - Updates
not found deltainfo for: Fedora Modular 30 - x86_64 - Updates
updates-modular: using metadata from Mon 29 Apr 2019 09:44:19 PM CDT.
repo: using cache for: updates
not found other for: Fedora 30 - x86_64 - Updates
not found modules for: Fedora 30 - x86_64 - Updates
updates: using metadata from Tue 30 Apr 2019 07:36:44 PM CDT.
repo: using cache for: fedora
not found other for: Fedora 30 - x86_64
not found modules for: Fedora 30 - x86_64
not found deltainfo for: Fedora 30 - x86_64
not found updateinfo for: Fedora 30 - x86_64
fedora: using metadata from Sat 27 Apr 2019 04:42:56 AM CDT.
Last metadata expiration check: 0:51:25 ago on Wed 01 May 2019 10:35:14 AM CDT.
Completion plugin: Generating completion cache...
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Installed Groups:
   Administration Tools (admin-tools)
   base-x (base-x)
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[chris@xiphos ~]$ sudo dnf group install "GNOME Desktop Environment"
Fedora Modular 30 - x86_64                                                                   39 kB/s |  15 kB     00:00    
Fedora Modular 30 - x86_64 - Updates                                                         54 kB/s |  16 kB     00:00    
Fedora 30 - x86_64 - Updates                                                                 41 kB/s |  13 kB     00:00    
Fedora 30 - x86_64                                                                           48 kB/s |  14 kB     00:00    
Warning: Module or Group 'GNOME Desktop Environment' does not exist.
Error: Nothing to do.
sudo dnf grouplist

does list them all. Certainly lists Gnome here. The suggested way of installing a GNOME system is to use the Workstation install. A server installation is intended as a headless one, which can be administered using tools such as cockpit.

I am not sure why it lists the other desktops but not Gnome—worth a bug perhaps.

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Groups are defined in xml file on repositories server maybe dnf on my device use another server ( server close to my location) and have different information (different xml comps file).
I think GNOME is the same ‘GNOME Desktop Environment’.

I think these groups are hidden because they are part of other groups.

Group “Fedora Workstation” includes group GNOME And so on…

sudo dnf group info “Fedora Workstation”

By the way there is a formatting problem here try this command It will fail but from terminal delete " " and type him again will succeed .

sudo dnf group info “Fedora Workstation”

I am confused at why you’re claiming that “sudo dnf grouplist” lists all groups, in contradiction to the evidence I’ve shown here that it doesn’t even come close. The “hidden” keyword is indeed required on the command line, as Youssef pointed out.

And I understand the presumed typical use case for Fedora Server is headless command line and web administration, and you may feel that the proper conclusion is that because it’s unusual it should be forbidden or purposely difficult to use it in any other way. On the other hand my question would also apply to any minimal install of Fedora, on which one wants to subsequently add GNOME. A user in that situation would run into these same problems – namely that the installation of a major software package can only be done by knowing to install a hidden group.

Those wanting to install Cinnamon or LXDE for example, would easily see their desired desktop options in the group list. As I’ve shown here, this is not true for GNOME in Fedora, an exclusion that is inconsistently applied across Red Hat’s distros.

I’ve installed the “Fedora Workstation” group in the past to set up GNOME on a Fedora Server installation that didn’t have it.

I posted this question here because that no longer works, giving the error I quoted in the initial post in this thread. I’m still curious about whether this is intentional – that the Workstation group is not compatible (i.e. “conflicting requests”) with the Server group.

Is a general problem in version 30 as I previously mentioned in this link in a previous comment.

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Have you tried that though? It’ll be interesting to see. A minimal install will not include the fedora-release package for a server, and therefore should not conflict with fedora-release for the workstation.

Fedora is not RedHat, and the policies used for Fedora’s releases are not the policies used for RedHat’s releases. RedHat’s policies are defined by their core team, whereas Fedora’s are by members of the Fedora community, While the overlap in software makes it likely that policies from Fedora will eventually reach a RedHat release, this should not be assumed to happen for everything—their use cases and development models are very different.

That would be the trust system limiting the number of links you can post.

Please post the outputs here anyway—pastebins posts are temporary so if someone runs into this query in a week or two, they may not be able to see the info on pastebin.

It seems that gnome is not on the grouplists
sudo dnf grouplist | grep *nome

delivers nothing?

GDM 3.32 is supposed to be native to Core 30? (or am I doing the workstation vs server error?)

In grep, asterisk works differently than in bash.
dnf grouplist | grep -i gnome

Output on my system:
GNOME Desktop Environment


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thanks for the pointer - that explains why I wasnt getting the desired output!