How to Make Your Ubuntu Desktop Look Like Mac OS X
If you love the sleek and elegant design of Mac OS X, but don't want to buy an expensive Mac computer, you can still enjoy the Mac-like experience on your Ubuntu desktop. In this article, we will show you how to install a Mac OS X theme on Ubuntu 22.04, using the WhiteSur GTK, Gnome Shell and icon themes. You will also learn how to customize your dock, wallpaper and cursor to match the Mac style.
What You Need
Before you start, make sure you have the following requirements:
A fresh installation of Ubuntu 22.04 with Gnome desktop environment.
A stable internet connection.
Some basic knowledge of using the terminal and installing packages.
A backup of your important data in case something goes wrong.
Step 1: Install Gnome Tweaks and Extensions
The first step is to install Gnome Tweaks and Extensions, which are essential tools for customizing your desktop appearance. Gnome Tweaks allows you to change various settings such as themes, icons, fonts and more. Gnome Extensions are add-ons that enhance the functionality of your desktop, such as adding a dock, a weather widget or a system monitor.
To install Gnome Tweaks and Extensions, open a terminal and run the following command:
Enter your password when prompted and wait for the installation to complete.
Step 2: Download and Install WhiteSur Themes
The next step is to download and install the WhiteSur themes, which are inspired by the Mac OS Big Sur design. The WhiteSur themes include a GTK theme for window borders and buttons, a Gnome Shell theme for the top panel and overview, and an icon theme for app icons and folders.
To download the WhiteSur themes, go to their GitHub page[^4^] and click on the Code button. Then select Download ZIP to save the file to your Downloads folder.
To install the WhiteSur themes, open a terminal and run the following commands:
./install.sh -c dark -s 220 -t all -i ubuntu -N
The last command will install the dark variant of the WhiteSur GTK theme with a 220% scaling factor for high-resolution screens. It will also install the WhiteSur Gnome Shell theme with an Ubuntu logo and enable Nautilus (file manager) styling. You can change these options according to your preference by using different flags. For more information, run ./install.sh -h.
Step 3: Apply WhiteSur Themes
Now that you have installed the WhiteSur themes, you can apply them to your desktop using Gnome Tweaks. To do so, open Gnome Tweaks from the applications menu or by running gnome-tweaks in a terminal.
In Gnome Tweaks, go to the Appearance tab and select WhiteSur-dark as your Applications theme, WhiteSur-dark-solid as your Shell theme, and WhiteSur as your Icons theme. You can also choose a different Cursor theme if you want.
You should see your desktop change immediately to reflect the new themes. If not, you may need to restart Gnome Shell by pressing Alt+F2, typing r and hitting Enter.
Step 4: Install Plank Dock
To complete the Mac-like look, you may want to install a dock at the bottom of your screen. A dock is a panel that shows your favorite and running applications, as well as some useful indicators. One of the most popular docks for Linux is Plank, which is simple and lightweight.
To install Plank, open a terminal and run the following command: aa16f39245