Transform Ubuntu 14.04 to Mac Like OS

This tutorial is for anyone who desires to transform the ubuntu 14.04 trusty tahr desktop to Mac OS like desktop. This can be archived using packages provided by NoobsLab who are currently offering four Mac GTK themes, three Mac icon themes, Mac boot screen, and Mac like LightDM theme.


Step 1: Download Mac wallpapers

[button link=”” style=”download” color=”primary”]Mac OS X Wallpapers[/button]

– Extract content and set desired wallpaper as desktop background


Step 2: Install Docky or Cairo Dock

Either of these 2 launchers would work but its been reported that Cairo dock seems to be having issues with power menu. For this post, I will install Docky – I just love the name 🙂

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:docky-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install docky

Step 3: Download Mac Theme and Install

[button link=”” style=”download” color=”primary”]Mac theme for Docky[/button]

– Launch Docky via Dash, right-click on Docky icon at the bottom and click Settings


– Under Docks tab, click on Install and select the downloaded Mac theme tar file. Then click the drop-down menu and select ‘Buyi-idock’ and close


Step 4: Install Mac OS X Lion Theme, Icons and cursors

– Run following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mac-ithemes-v3
sudo apt-get install mac-icons-v3

– After installation, open Unity tweak tool and select as follows:

  • Theme: Mbuntu-xx
  • Icons: Mbuntu-osx
  • Cursor: Mac-cursors

There are other additional tweaks you can make which are available online but do you really want to go down this root?

Revert back changes

cd /usr/share/icons/mac-cursors
sudo ./
sudo apt-get remove mac-ithemes-v3 mac-icons-v3
sudo apt-get remove docky
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