Transform Ubuntu 14.04 to Mac Like OS

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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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  • Mark

    for a more complete look: you can also install the classic gnome fallback session, and the top bar can be changed to white. It gets rid of the ungodly Unity launcher which is not everyones cup of tea (though it works perfectly well, save perhaps its squareness), saves system resources, ect.

    You can change the default color theme and have a white bar at the top. If you are wondering why Linux can look like a mac so easily – thats right – they copied world ideas from everyday people like you and me. Unlike, say MS who came up with their start button all on their own.

    However, some say thats a good thing. Well, Gnome fallback session is in the repositories.

    1 When installed gnome fallback (classic may call it now), you can’t miss it from software center, atl-rightclick on the bottom bar and select the option to remove it completely. You still have the top bar.

    2 The advantage of using Gnome Fallback and not some other shell is you still get to use Compiz, so its just like Unity, slick and fast (compiz is the fastest window compiler)….but no unity.

    3 Dont delete the top bar. And profit