How To: RDP, WinSCP/PuTTYI know people love running a Linux from command line, but it just seems so much easier for anybody trying to get their first website going to have the familiarity of a GUI. In the following tutorial, I will show you how to install a GUI on a CentOS 7 server that does not currently have a GUI installed.

In previous tutorials we covered:

In this tutorial we will install the Gnome Desktop on a CentOS 7 Server that is only command line.

  • First we log in as root

yum group list

  • We see several options here, but the 2 we are looking for are: GNOME Desktop & Graphical Administration Tools

yum group install “GNOME Desktop” “Graphical Administration Tools”

…. yum group install -y “GNOME Desktop” “Graphical Administration Tools” will automatically answer yes to any question during the installation

  • The following command will set the default runlevel to the GUI

ln -sf /lib/systemd/system/


After the reboot you will complete the installation.

  • Accept the license
  • Click Finish Configuration
  • Click Next on the Welcome Screen
  • Click Next on you Keyboard Layout
  • Enable/Disable location services, click Next
  • Choose Time Zone, click Next
  • Connect your online account OR click Skip
  • Create account / username, click Next
  • Create password, click Next
  • Click Start using CentOS Linux


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