Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mintmenu In Debian

If you like to install Linux Mint’s rather slick menu do the following :
Go to this page :
Download the following packages :

Navigate to where you downloaded the packages :
cd ~/Downloads
and then as root :
dpkg -i *.deb

You may see the following :

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of mintmenu:
mintmenu depends on deskbar-applet; however:
Package deskbar-applet is not installed.
dpkg: error processing mintmenu (--install):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Setting up mint-translations (2011.08.06) ...
Setting up mint-common (1.0.5) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:

The package that seems to be missing was deskbar-applet...
apt-get install deskbar-applet

Right-click gnome-panel > Add to Panel...and choose mintMenu ( Advanced Gnome Menu )

You may encounter some problems ( like I did ) :

In this case you are missing python-xdg, so :
apt-get install python-xdg

Next problem was that the Places menu ( except for Computer in my case ) did not work. So when clicking on Home Folder nothing happens......Solution :
apt-get install xdg-utils

Now it works....

Right-clicking the Menu gives access to the following :

To change and edit your Favorites in the Mint Menu you can right-click to remove things you do not want and right-click on any application in the menu and check Show in my favorites.


  1. Thanks for posting this.

  2. will this work in Debain Squeeze Xfce?

    1. Not sure about that. Never used Xfce. Did you try ?

  3. Just tried and it didn't work. It told me I need to install python to install mintMenu, but when I tried to install python it said there's no way to install it. Is python just for Gnome? Mind you I was running the LiveCD, though I had no problem installing Ubuntu Software Center, Chromium and Synaptic.

    In Xfce Debian there's a panel plugin called icon box, which shows opened apps as panel icons instead of as window buttons. Might you by chance know how to install it for the panel in Linux Mint 13 MATE?

    1. Python is not just for Gnome....Python is a programming language and not dependent of any desktop environment.
      Your question about Linux Mint : Google is your friend...
      I hope you find your answers. Good luck !

  4. well, i tried installing python-mate and the rest but it didn't work. i'd experiment more but this is my only pc. and i'll keep googling icon box for linux mint tho nothing so far.

  5. Worked very well on Wheezy too.

  6. This even worked well on ARM Debian Jessie. Installed the 3 debs, then did a apt-get install -f to install the missing dependencies. Immediately was able to add it the panel with no other errors or workarounds.