A dock theme for plank inspired from mac os dock.to use the theme simply copy the folder into. I'm on unbunto 18.04.2 LTS GNOME.3.28.2. GNOME Layout Manager is a bash script written by Bill Mavromatis that batch installs and tweaks GNOME extensions as well as GTK/Shell themes. There are currently three theme options available. Unity; Windows 10; MacOS; I’ve tried a lot of look-changers and theming applications but GNOME layout manager is downright stunning.

Yaru is the user interface theme that has been used in Ubuntu since 18.10. The theme is what determines the colours, borders, shadows, size, and shape of individual elements on the screen.

Last week, the Yaru team visited London to plan the future of Yaru with members of Canonical’s Design and Ubuntu Desktop teams. I’d like to thank Carlo, Frederik, Mads and Stuart for travelling across Europe to collaborate with us at the Canonical offices.

Yaru in Ubuntu 19.10

The face of Ubuntu Desktop

Since Ubuntu 18.10, Yaru has been the face of Ubuntu Desktop; the most popular Linux based desktop operating system. Changing the Ubuntu Desktop default theme requires careful consideration and the work created by the Yaru team isn’t just limited to Ubuntu.

Yaru is available for Fedora users and for Arch users, too. Last October, Pop! OS rebased their theme on Yaru. We’ve also had requests for Yaru variants that use the colours of Linux Mint, Manjaro and the Ubuntu flavours.

The importance of branding

For most operating system vendors, having a distinctive look for the OS is important in establishing their brand. For example, one of the most obvious visual changes planned for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is that check-boxes, radio buttons, and switches will change from green to Ubuntu aubergine. This will reduce the abundance of colours used overall, while still making it unmistakably Ubuntu.

Through our attendance at conferences such as GUADEC and Linux Application Summit, we’ve learned that some GNOME/GTK contributors develop using distributions other than Ubuntu. However, they want to ensure their applications render correctly for Ubuntu users without having to dual boot or maintain Ubuntu virtual machines. To help facilitate that, a community-contributed FlatPak of the Yaru theme will be made available to compliment the packages of Yaru already available in the Fedora archive and the Arch Linux AUR.

To further minimise the likelihood of inconsistent application presentation when using Yaru, the Yaru team more closely aligned with the upstream Adwaita theme last year. With the introduction of GitHub actions, the Yaru team are now automatically receiving each upstream Adwaita change as a pull request on the Yaru repo. This helps reduce the delta between the themes and enables the Yaru developers to stay current.

Light, dark, and in between

Ten years ago, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS — with its Radiance and Ambiance themes — popularised the choice of having lighter and darker variations of the same default theme.

The original theme for GNOME 3.0, Adwaita, was designed with the intent that there would be one theme with no variations. Since then, however, macOS and Windows have adopted a similar approach to Ubuntu, with light and dark choices.

With Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, we plan to go one step further. As well as the dark variation, and the standard version with light controls and dark headers, we will be introducing a third variation that is light throughout. We also plan to reintroduce the ability to switch between these variations within ‘Settings’, for which we have design work in progress.

In future, we would also like these settings to switch the theme for shell elements, such as the top bar and notification bubbles. Achieving this without requiring a logout each time will require additional work in GNOME Shell – something we are investigating.

Folder icon exploration

We are experimenting with some alternative folder icons that aim to preserve the Ubuntu identity, while maintaining good contrast in both the light and dark variants of Yaru.

Easier contribution

We have also planned some activities to make it easier for potential new contributors to get involved with the Yaru project. This includes better documentation that describes the theme architecture, making the build system support alternative coloured variants which we will pre-populate with an alternative theme for each of the official Ubuntu flavours.

The Yaru team has also been regularly attending GNOME Design team meetings. Members of the Canonical Design and Desktop team will also join those meetings on a regular basis so we can better collaborate with upstream.

Not finished yet

In between mugs of tea on the roof of the Canonical offices in London, we achieved a great deal during the design sprint. But, we’re not finished yet and have identified a number of areas for improvement we’ll be working on in the weeks ahead. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look at what we’re working towards for Ubuntu 20.04.

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We’ve established how easy it is to make Ubuntu look like a Mac but theming Linux Mint, the popular Ubuntu-based offshoot, is a little trickier.

But no more.

Desktop Appearance And Themes

It’s now possible to make Linux Mint look like a Mac too, and it’s all thanks to a customised version of the uncannily accurate macOS Mojave GTK theme we highlighted a few weeks ago.

So if you long to add some Cupertino styling to the Cinnamon desktop, read on!

Mac Theme for Linux Mint 19

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Mac themes for Linux Mint are not new.

Gnome Icon Theme

But good ones? Well, they have been a bit hard to come by due, in part, to the Cinnamon desktop being based around an older version of GTK, the underlying toolkit that’s used to “draw” the GUI of many apps.

Major compatibility issues and refactoring changes between GTK versions has meant that many popular modern GTK themes were not directly compatible with Linux Mint — and that included crop of clonetastic Mac themes too.

Updated GTK in Linux Mint 19

The recent release of Linux Mint 19 changes the game; ‘Tara’ ships with a newer version of GTK that supports many of the advanced theming capabilities that themes often use.

And ready to take full advantage of the new theming capabilities available to Linux Mint 19 is prolific Linux theme maker PaulXfce.

Paul creates and maintains a bunch of well designed and well made themes for various GTK+ based desktop environments, including GNOME Shell, Budgie and, more relevant to those of you reading this post, Cinnamon.

Having recently raved about his creepily accurate macOS Mojave theme I was thrilled to learn that Paul has made a custom version of his macOS mojave theme available for the Cinnamon desktop.

Not that the task was entirely smooth sailing, as Paul points out:

“This has proven to be a much more difficult thing to do, because of the way Linux Mint uses Muffin as a window-manager, which has some drawbacks (like: Server-Side-Decoration, so no transparency in Nemo, ) and the ‘multitude’ of toolbars that take half the real-estate of the window… Reducing the size of them was my first priority.”

Undeterred, Paul has re-engineered his Mac os theme for Linux Mint, building a new Metacity theme that blends with the rest of the UI while still allowing apps using Client Side Decoration (CSD) to look the part too.

The downside is that, for now, Paul’s excellent Mac os theme only affects the look and feel of applications and app window borders. A Cinnamon desktop theme is not (currently) available (and the Cinnamon Spices website turns up nothing Apple-related).

Still; the theme is a sterling attempt and well worth trying out — even if only as a novelty. You can download the theme directly from GNOME-Look:

To install, extract the archive file to the hidden ‘.themes’ folder in your Home folder (if you don’t have one, create one).

Finally, to apply the theme, Open System Settings > Appearance > Themes and select the theme in both the window-borders and controls section.

Mac Theme For Gnome Roblox

More Ways to Make Linux Mint Look like a Mac

If you’re minded to make the Mint desktop more like Mac OS X there are some additional things you can do to curate a Cupertino-style aesthetic on the Cinnamon desktop.


You can move Mint desktop panels easily. Just right-click on an empty section of the panel, choose the ‘Properties’ menu option and, from the settings you see, move the panel from the bottom of the screen to the top.

This makes way for what is surely the most iconic element of the Mac desktop: the dock.

Mac Theme For Gnomes

A chunky task bar, the dock puts large app icons and folder shortcuts within reach at the bottom of the screen. There are plenty of Linux docks available but we think that Plank is by far and away the best. You can install Plank on Linux Mint be searching for it in the Software Manager app.

Ubuntu 16.04 Gnome Desktop

You can add more applications to your Plank dock by dragging a shortcut out of the Mint Menu and dropping it on to the dock. You can even add folders to Plank too!

Other suggestions:

Mac Theme For Gnome Minecraft

  • Change the desktop wallpaper to a Mac background
  • Replace the bottom panel with a dock app like Plank
  • Install a Mac icon theme for Linux
  • Move the bottom panel to the top of the screen
  • Install/enable Nemo Preview, analogous to Quick Look
  • Install Synapse, Kupfer, Alfred or similar for a Spotlight equivalent

How To Install Gnome Themes

So get started and share your screenshots in the comments.

Got any magnificent Mint-to-Mac makeover suggestions? Share ’em below!