How to make ubuntu linux look like mac os x

Do you want to make Ubuntu look like Mac OS X? If so, we’re going to show you how to do it, step-by-step.

The whole point of using Linux is that you can do things like this

Whether you have a bad case of Apple envy or you just appreciate the design aesthetic of Apple’s OS; there’s nothing wrong with aping the appearance of a rival operating system.

After all, the whole point of using Linux is that you are free to do things like this — you certainly can’t make macOS look like Ubuntu!

How To Make Ubuntu Look like a Mac

A stack of Mac GTK themes, icon sets, fonts and cursors are available for Linux, most a quick Google away.

Below you’ll find the Mac GTK and icon themes we think give you the best Mac-like look on your Linux box. But don’t be afraid to explore DeviantArt, GitHub, and other avenues if our choices don’t quite match up with your tastes.

1. Pick the Right Desktop Environment


To achieve the most Mac-like look on Linux you need to use the most appropriate desktop environment, and that is GNOME Shell.

This is not a slight against other desktop environments (DEs) as Unity, Budgie, MATE, Cinnamon and more can be made to resemble Cupertino’s computing OS too.

But GNOME Shell is the most customisable desktop environment as it lets you theme and re-arrange everything you need to with the least amount hackery or fuss.

If you’re using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or later you already have GNOME Shell, so you can skip ahead.

But if you don’t have GNOME Shell installed you will need to install it first.

This is easy. Just click the button below and follow in the on-screen prompts (select ‘lightdm’ as the display manager when asked):

You’re also going to need to the GNOME Tweaks tool in a few steps time, so install that now too:

Once both installations are complete you need to logout and select the ‘GNOME Shell’ session from the Unity Greeter:

2. Install a Mac GTK Theme

The easiest way to make Ubuntu look like a Mac is to install a Mac GTK theme.

Our top recommendation is the ‘macOS Mojave’ theme by Vinceluice. This is a near-enough pixel-perfect clone of Apple’s OS skin, and is available in light and dark versions. It’s one of the best designed Mac GTK themes out there (it also has a matching GNOME Shell theme).

The ‘macOS Mojave’ theme requires GNOME 3.20 or later, so you’ll need to be running Ubuntu 16.10 or later to use it.

If you’re running the older Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release you can use the competent ‘macOS Sierra’ clone created by the B00merang project:

Looking for something more similar to Big Sur? We’ll be updating this post soon!

Tip: How To Install GTK Themes

Once you download your chosen macOS theme from the link(s) above, you will need to install it.

To install themes in Ubuntu first extract the contents of the archive you downloaded, then move the folder inside to the

/.themes folder in your Home directory.

If you do not see this folder press Ctrl + H to reveal hidden folders. Next, find the .themes folder or create it if it doesn’t exist. Move the extract folder mentioned above to this folder.

Finally, to change theme, open GNOME Tweak Tool > Appearance and select your chosen theme (and the GNOME Shell theme, if you also downloaded one).

3. Install a Mac Icon Set

Next grab some a Mac Icon set for Linux. A quick Google will throw up a bunch of results. Most, sadly, aren’t complete enough to function as a full icon set, so you’ll also want to use (and in some cases manually specify) a fall back icon theme like Faba, or Papirus.

To avoid all of that hassle you may wish to use the fabulous ‘La Capitaine‘ icon pack.

What’s great about La Capitaine is that it’s a proper Linux icon set, with custom macOS inspired icons for many Linux apps and not just a direct port of mac icons to Linux. It’s also totally open-source, and is available to download from Github.

How to Install Icon Themes

Once you’ve downloaded your chosen theme from the link(s) above you need to install it. To do this first extract the contents of the archive you download, then move the folder inside to the

/.icons folder in your Home directory.

If you don’t see this folder press Ctrl + H to view hidden folders. Next, find the .icons folder or create it if it doesn’t exist. Move the extract folder mentioned above to this folder.

Finally, to apply, open GNOME Tweak Tool > Appearance and select your chosen theme.

4. Change the System Font

If you’ve used Mac OS X / macOS at some point in the past few years you’ll know it has clean, crisp system typography.

‘Lucida Grande’ is the familiar Mac system font, though Apple uses a system font called ‘San Franciso’ in recent releases of macOS.

A quick Google should turn up plenty more information (and links to download San Francisco font) but be aware that neither font is not licensed for distribution — so we can’t link you to it, sorry!

Thankfully there’s an open-source alternative to ‘Lucida Grande’ called Garuda. It’s even pre-installed out of the box on Ubuntu, so you don’t need to go on a font safari to find it.

Head to GNOME Tweak Tool > Fonts and set the ‘Windows Titles’ and ‘Interface’ fonts to Garuda Regular (or any other font you wish).

If you use Unity you can use Unity Tweak Tool to change the font on Ubuntu.

5. Add a Desktop Dock

Ask people what a Mac desktop looks like and chances are they will mention its ubiqutious desktop dock. This is a combined application launcher and window switcher.

If you opted to use GNOME Shell back in Step 1 install the excellent Dash to Dock extension from the GNOME extensions site. This dock can be adjusted, tweaked and tune to look exactly like its macOS counterpart.

Dash to Dock doesn’t look very mac-ish by default so you will want to dive in to the GNOME Tweak Tool > Extensions > Dash to Dock > Appearance to change the colour to white, and lower the opacity.

Plank Dock

If you chose to stick with the Unity desktop you can set the Unity Launcher to hide ( System Settings > Desktop > Behaviour ) and install Plank, a desktop dock, to handle app launching and window switching:

Plank can be configured with all sorts of themes too, making it easy to replicate the Mac OS X experience. Gnosemite is a faithful mac Plank theme worth a look.

That’s it; we’ve achieved our aim to make Ubuntu look like a Mac — now it’s your turn.

We’d love to see a screenshot of your mac-inspired creation so do feel free to share one in the comments.

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We’ve already shown you how to customize your Ubuntu installation and make it look like Windows 7, and now we’re back to show you how to turn Linux into a Mac OS X lookalike in just a couple of minutes.

To accomplish this, we’re going to use Macbuntu, an open-source program designed to transform the Linux theme into a Mac OS X environment. Although Macbuntu is dedicated to Ubuntu Linux OS, it could be used in other OS based on Debian/GTK.

Installing Macbuntu

First, grab a copy from the project’s page at SourceForge. Once downloaded, right-click the file and press Extract Here.

When extracted open the extracted folder. You’ll find a file named “”. You guessed it, it’s the installation script. Now double-click it and choose Run in Terminal.

A terminal window should pop up now which looks pretty much like this:

Nothing interesting here so we’ll just press y and hit enter. Afterwards, the installation will begin with a few questions you need to answer.

You can choose whatever answer you want or if you don’t know what to do, just hit enter without any letter to choose the default choice. During installation, it may need to download some packages from the internet so please choose yes when asked. Now installation is done, you will be offered to download Mac OS X themes for FireFox, Thunderbird, and Chrome. If you want to, you can choose yes and browser window will open showing you where to download them. The theme links are provided in the end of this article. Your Ubuntu should have started to look a bit like Mac by now. Last thing to do is restarting. You will be asked to restart, so please choose yes.

After restarting you’ll find out that you Ubuntu box looks almost identical to Mac OSX. The boot screen has changed, login screen, desktop, panels, icons, bottom dock, and even the mouse cursor has been changed. Have fun with your new Mac OSX. You can always use a different them without uninstalling Macbuntu. Just right-click on your desktop, click change desktop back ground from the context menu, a window will pop up, choose the themes tab and change the theme.

Introduction: How to Make Ubuntu Linux Look Like Mac OS X

My first instructable was how to make Vista look like a Mac, but this time it’s Linux. This is what your desktop will look like after you’ve done this.

Step 1: If You Want, Download a Dock.

If you don’t want a dock, just skip to step 2.
But if you do, follow this step. Open Ubuntu Software Center / Centre. Search “Docky” in the software center / centre. Then, download the program that matches the screenshot attached to this step, then open it in the “Accessories” category in the “Applications” menu. You can customize this dock by right-clicking the anchor and clicking settings. Add applications to the dock by dragging them into the dock from your desktop / “Applications menu”

Step 2: Download the Theme Package . Download it from that link. Once you done that, open the zip folder. Inside the zip folder, there will be a regular folder called “Mac4Lin_install_v1.0” Open the folder and click the file that looks just like the one in the screenshot below, and click “Run in terminal”. It should automatically change the theme and make it look like a Mac. If not, right-click the desktop and click “Change desktop background”. Select the “Themes” tab, and select one of the themes that has “Mac4Lin” in the title.

Step 3: The Wallpaper

The Mac OS X wallpapers will be included in the package. Go in the folder named “Wallpapers”, open one of the pictures, right click it and select “Set as desktop background”.

Step 4: Mac OS X Mouse Pointers

Again, right-click the desktop and click “Change desktop background”. In the “Theme” tab, click “customize”. Click the “Pointer” tab and click “Mac4Lin cursors_v1.0” You should have the Mac mouse pointers now. If not, restart your computer after you’ve done this

Step 5: Last But Not Least, the Firefox Theme

Here’s the link to the only Firefox Mac theme that’s compatible with Linux. . So, your computer should look like a Mac now. As I said before, if the cursors don’t work after you’ve selected them, just restart your computer

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For all users of Ubuntu, there is one area where it falls short when compared to other operating systems and that is with how it looks. By default, the eye candy of Ubuntu is rather drab: I have never been a fan of the purple and orange colour scheme that greets a fresh installation. Even the dark theme on Windows is a pleasure to use.

For me, personally, darker themes make it easier to concentrate and get things done. However, like all aspects of Canonical’s system, Ubuntu is highly customisable, and thanks to a dedicated community, there is a wealth of options users can take advantage of to spice up their desktops.

Return of the Mac

One operating system that has always looked beautiful is Apple’s macOS. The brand new “Mojave” marks the fifteenth release, and one of the most striking elements is the deep and rich dark theme that is known as a distraction-free way to put your work center stage. The only problem is that Linux users want both the freedom of an open-source system and a modern visually-pleasing environment.

Thankfully, Gnome Look provides a number of community created themes and add-ons that can transform Ubuntu from dull to delicious! A version of Apple’s Mojave theme is available here, and it is very simple to install.


There are a few prerequisites that will make life a little easier, namely to install the Gnome Tweaks tool. You can find this in the Software Center and install as normal.

With that done, go to the website above and download the following package, “mc-os-mjv dark mode.” After this, extract the archive file to the “

/.themes/” directory in your Home folder.

If you don’t have a .themes folder, then press Ctrl + H to show hidden files. If you still don’t have the folder, then you can simply create one. Alternatively, you can move it into “/usr/share/themes,” but remember you will need to be root to copy or extract here.

Once copied, simply open the GNOME Tweak tool and change your GTK theme. Lastly, give your system a reboot to ensure that the theme applies correctly and fully.

The Result

As you can see, once the reboot is done, Ubuntu is transformed into a dark landscape with blue highlights. The theme is so well put together, that it will apply to system-wide applications (if placed within usr/share/themes) and will even alter some Snap applications.

The creator of the theme has also given other desktop environments the same love, which means XFCE or Cinnamon users can experience some Apple design.

Additional Tweaks

As a bonus, here are some additional tweaks that you can use to change icons, add a dock and the like for the entire Apple experience.

Change Icons

To change the icons, download the Cupertino icon set.

Next, you need to locate the file you downloaded and right-click to extract it. Just as before with the theme, copy it to the “

/.icons” folder. If you do not have this, then you can create it.


To create a dock, you first need to install the Plank application from the Software Center.

Open the Software Center, and search for “Plank,” then install as normal. Should Plank not be found, you can revert to the PPA that the Docky/Plank team provide.

To install the PPA, open the Terminal, and enter the following commands.

After this you should be able to install the application with:

These can then be extracted as previously and moved to the “

/.local/share/plank/themes” folder. The final step is to right-click on the blank space within the dock and access the Plank Preferences. If you can’t access the right-click, press Alt + F2 and run plank -preferences . Within the preferences, look for the theme, and apply your newly installed theme.

What themes do you prefer? Do you like a darker environment or prefer a cleaner, brighter desktop? Let us know in the comments along with any other great themes you have found.

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What Linux is similar to Mac?

Xubuntu is a derivative of the Ubuntu operating system, one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world. Instead of Ubuntu’s GNOME desktop, it users the Xfce desktop environment, which shares the same basic layout with macOS.

How do I change Ubuntu to look like Mac?

How To Make Ubuntu Look like a Mac

  1. Pick the Right Desktop Environment. GNOME Shell. …
  2. Install a Mac GTK Theme. The single easiest way to make Ubuntu look like a Mac is to install a Mac GTK theme. …
  3. Install a Mac Icon Set. Next grab some a Mac Icon set for Linux. …
  4. Change the System Font.
  5. Add a Desktop Dock.

How do I make my pop OS look like Mac?

Let’s see the steps one by one.

  1. Step 1: Install a macOS inspired GTK theme. Since the focus is on making GNOME look like macOS, you should choose a macOS like theme. …
  2. Step 2: Install macOS like icons. …
  3. Step 3: Add macOS like dock. …
  4. Step 4: Use macOS wallpaper. …
  5. Step 5: Change system fonts.

How do I make Ubuntu 20.04 Look Like Mac?

Prerequisites: Installing the Required Packages

  1. Step 1: Install Mac OS GTK Theme. …
  2. Step 2: Install Mac OS Icons. …
  3. Step 3: Change the Wallpaper. …
  4. Step 4: Add a Mac OS Dock.

Which Linux is best for Mac?

10 Best Linux Distros to Install on Your MacBook

  1. Ubuntu GNOME. Ubuntu GNOME, which is now the default flavour that has replaced Ubuntu Unity, needs no introduction. …
  2. Linux Mint. Linux Mint is the distro that you probably want to use if you don’t pick Ubuntu GNOME. …
  3. Deepin. …
  4. Manjaro. …
  5. Parrot Security OS. …
  6. OpenSUSE. …
  7. Devuan. …
  8. Ubuntu Studio.

Is Apple a Linux or Unix?

Yes, OS X is UNIX. Apple has submitted OS X for certification (and received it,) every version since 10.5. However, versions prior to 10.5 (as with many ‘UNIX-like’ OSes such as many distributions of Linux,) could probably have passed certification had they applied for it.

Why does Linux look like Mac?

ElementaryOS is a distribution of Linux, based on Ubuntu and GNOME, which pretty much copied all the GUI elements of Mac OS X. … This is mainly because for most people anything that isn’t Windows looks like Mac.

How do I make Linux Mint look like Mac?

More Ways to Make Linux Mint Look like a Mac

  1. Change the desktop wallpaper to a Mac background.
  2. Replace the bottom panel with a dock app like Plank.
  3. Install a Mac icon theme for Linux.
  4. Move the bottom panel to the top of the screen.
  5. Install/enable Nemo Preview, analogous to Quick Look.

How do I make Xfce look like Mac?

4 ways to Customize Xfce desktop

  1. Change themes in Xfce. The first thing we will do is pick up a theme from …
  2. Change icons in Xfce. also provides icon themes which you can download, extract and put it in your home directory under . …
  3. Change wallpapers in Xfce. …
  4. Change the dock in Xfce.

How do I customize pop OS?

To install a customization, simply head to to install, remove, and configure currently installed customizations. A web browser plugin is needed to interact with the site, and it will prompt for installation if needed. Remember to refresh the page after the plugin is installed.

What to do after installing pop OS?

Try watching this video on, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser.

  1. Update and Upgrade. After Installing POP!_OS you need to update your system. …
  2. Enable Minimize and Maximize Buttons. Pop!_ …
  3. Install Dash to Dock. “A dock for the Gnome Shell. …
  4. Load up on Apps. …
  5. Install RestrictedFormats.

How do I change my pop OS theme?

Once installed, open it, go to “Appearance” and from here you can adjust the theme, icon theme, and shell theme.

Is Ubuntu similar to Mac?

Essentially, Ubuntu is free due to it’s Open Source licensing, Mac OS X; due to being closed source, isn’t. Beyond that, Mac OS X and Ubuntu are cousins, Mac OS X being based off of FreeBSD/BSD, and Ubuntu being Linux based, which are two separate branches off of UNIX.

What is the latest Mac OS?

Which macOS version is the latest?

macOS Latest version
OS X El Capitan 10.11.6
OS X Yosemite 10.10.5
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5
OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5

How do I make Linux look better?

5 Ways to Make Your Linux Desktop Look Fantastic

– Last updated on December 10, 2010 by VG

Today we are going to share 2 Mac OS X transformation packs for Linux operating system. These transformation packs will make your Linux Desktop look-like Mac OS X Leopard.

  • Mac4Lin
  • Macbuntu


Mac4Lin” transformation pack brings the look-n-feel of Mac OS X Leopard on *nix GTK based systems such as GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, openSolaris, etc.

This customization pack changes desktop theme, icons, login screen, dock interface and much more. It also includes several 3rd party apps to provide Mac OS X features in Linux.

This skin pack completely transforms Linux into Mac OS X Leopard. Following is a preview of this transformation pack in action:

If you want to make Linux OS look-like Mac OS X Leopard, you should definitely give it a try. You can download it using following link:


Macbuntu is another open-source transformation pack which transforms your Linux operating system into Mac OS X. Although Macbuntu was specifically developed for Ubuntu Linux OS, but it can be used in other OS based on Debian/GTK. This transformation pack makes Linux OS look-like Mac OS X.

The Macbuntu installation is very easy. It also comes with uninstall option which can restore all of your original settings if you want to restore default user interface.

How to Install Instructions:

  • First download the transformation pack and save it on your Desktop.
  • Now extract the pack.
  • Open a terminal and type cd Desktop/Macbuntu-10.10/ command and press enter.
  • Now type ./ and press enter.
  • Follow the directions and it’ll install the required stuff.

How to Uninstall Instructions:

  • Open terminal and type cd Desktop/Macbuntu-10.10/ command and press enter.
  • Now type ./ and press enter.
  • Follow directions and it’ll restore default settings.

You can download it using following link:

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About the author: Vishal Gupta (also known as VG) has been awarded with Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award. He holds Masters degree in Computer Applications (MCA). He has written several tech articles for popular newspapers and magazines and has also appeared in tech shows on various TV channels.


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im having troubles will there be 1 for kinux mint 15 mate edition

Hi vg. for my years of being a fan of your site i didnt know you also had linux (atleast ubuntu) articles. I hope you do more about ubuntu as much as you do for windows. (i treat and use both os fairly). thanks 🙂

Does this work for all linux operating systems (eg. Pixel) or only Ubuntu??

Also in today’s open source roundup: The world’s smallest Linux server for $5, and the Prisma art app is coming to Android

Make Ubuntu 16.04 look like MacOS

Linux users often love customizing their desktop interfaces, and now you can make Ubuntu 16.04 look like MacOS with the MacBuntu 16.04 Transformation Pack.

Noobs Lab has detailed instructions on how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.

Umair Riaz reports for Noobs Lab:

MacBuntu (Macbuntu Yosemite/El Capitan) transformation pack is ready for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial. This pack contains themes for GTK (which supports: Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate and Xfce two themes dark & light for Gnome Shell, two themes for Cinnamon, two icon packs, cursors.

By following these instructions you can change look of your Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial to look like Mac. In previous packs we used LightDM webkit theme which looks quite similar to Mac OS X login screen, this time we are offering again but you have to install it on your own risk because we experienced a lot of issues after installing it (like: not able to login/blank screen).

As you know guys we are doing Mac packs from quite sometime because such packs for Linux are almost stopped but we kept this project on our must do list from 12.04, and as you know we have reached to 16.04 with Mac transformation. Many people look on the internet for pre-configured Macbuntu 16.04/Mac4lin, Mac Ubuntu theme and so on, but it is good idea to transform it by yourself because if you want to go back to default look or want to change look, you can do it easily.

By offering this pack no hate or infringing behavior is intended, simply designed for those who don’t want to use Mac or can’t use Mac for any reason.

The world’s smallest Linux server for $5

Kickstarter is known for funding innovative projects, and now you can help developers create a tiny $5 Linux server that is roughly the size of a cherry.

Here’s the description from the Omega2’s Kickstarter page:

We made the Omega2 tiny so that it can easily fit into your DIY project or commercial product. It is less than 1/4 the size of the Raspberry Pi, and less than 1/3 the size of the Arduino Uno.

The Omega2 has integrated Wi-Fi and on-board flash storage. This means that it springs to life the moment you power it on. You don’t have to worry about buying Wi-Fi dongles or installing operating system images onto external SD cards.

Using the Omega2 is just like using a desktop computer. We’ve built simple and intuitive apps for you to interact with the Omega2. We also have an App Store where you can discover even more apps! For the more adventurous, you can even build apps with our SDK and publish them on the Onion App Store to share with the world 🙂

Don’t be fooled by its size, the Omega2 is a full computer running Linux, the same operating system that powers some of the world’s most mission-critical infrastructure. You can think of the Omega2 as a tiny Linux server with Wi-Fi. (Yes, it even runs Apache!)

The Prisma art app is coming to Android

Prisma is an art app that has proven to be quite popular among iOS users, and now it is poised to make its debut on Android.

Stan Schroeder reports for Mashable:

Prisma, the mobile app that can turn your mundane photos into beautiful pieces of art, is poised to launch an Android version, and an invite-only beta is already available.

Originally launched only on iOS, the app quickly became a hit in Apple’s App Store, its large selection of artistic photo filters working what appears like magic on pretty much anything your phone’s camera snaps.

Now Prisma has launched a closed beta version of its highly anticipated Android app. That means you can’t download it just yet, but you can go to the app’s website and sign up to get an invitation to try out the beta (have in mind, though, that you’re essentially signing up for Prisma’s newsletter).

Did you miss a roundup? Check the Eye On Open home page to get caught up with the latest news about open source and Linux.

Jim Lynch is a technology analyst and online community manager who has also written for many leading industry publications over the years, including ITworld, InfoWorld, CIO, PCMag, ExtremeTech, and numerous others.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Jim Lynch and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

If you like Mac OS Mojave but you are using Ubuntu 19.04, you came to the right place. Personally, I love to make my Ubuntu 19.04 looks like Mac OS Mojave. Thanks to Gnome-look community that provides resources to easily make over our Ubuntu. With few efforts, we can turn the Ubuntu 19.04 into something like Mac OS Mojave. I know Ubuntu is not Mac and this transformation is not perfect though.

Ubuntu 19.04 Desktop with Mac OS X Theme

So basically, this modification was done manually. I don’t have time to create an automated script for this Mac Mojave transformation. Here are the steps to make your Ubuntu 19.04 looks like Mac OS Mojave.

Steps to Make Ubuntu 19.04 Looks Like Mac OS Mojave

Step 1. Download and Install Ubuntu 19.04 Gnome Edition

Even though any other desktop environment can be used, I would recommend using the Ubuntu 19.04 Gnome edition. You can get the ISO from this link.

Step 2. Update Ubuntu 19.04

It is recommended to update your system. Simply use the Ubuntu updater or this command also works

Step 3. Install Gnome Tweaks and Other Packages

Gnome Tweaks is a great tool to help us modify the Ubuntu appearance. You can install this program with this command

Chrome-gnome-shell package is required to enable the Gnome Extension Tool. We will need this tool later.

Step 4. Download Mac style GTK3 Theme and Mac Icon Theme

To get the best result, I would recommend the following GTK3 theme and icon theme.

  • GTK3 Theme: McOS-Theme, file name: McOS-MJV-Gn3.32-v2.2.tar.xz
  • Icon Theme: Mojave CT Icons, file name: Mojave-CT-Classic_2.tar.xz
  • Shell Theme: McOS-Shell, file name: McOS-Shell-themes.tar.xz

So basically, you should have those three files already. Let’s continue.

McOS-Theme Dark version

Install GTK3 theme and Icon Theme

To install the GTK3 theme, first, extract the file McOS-MJV-Gn3.32-v2.2.tar.xz. It will create a new directory called McOS-MJV-Gn3.32-v2.2. Open the folder and there is another folder inside it: McOS-MJV-Gn3.32-v2.1. We need to move or copy this folder to /usr/share/themes directory.

Next, do the same for the icon theme. Extract the file Mojave-CT-Classic_2.tar.xz and move the content to /usr/share/icons.

Finally, extract and move the McOS-Shell-themes.tar.xz shell theme. There are three themes inside. You can move them all to /usr/share/themes.

Apply Themes

Use Gnome Tweaks to apply this new Theme and Icon theme.

Move Dock to Bottom

Mac OS X comes with a beautiful dock at the bottom of the screen. You can install Plank, Docky or Cairo Dock to simulate the Mac OS X dock. But here, I am not using those three. The following set of commands will move your Ubuntu dock to the bottom of your screen and it will looks like this:

Change Activities with Mac Logo

As you can see, the default Ubuntu’s “Activities” button is replaced with Mac logo at the top left of my screen. To do this, you will need to install Activities Configurator extension. And then enable and configure it from Gnome Tweaks.

You can download that nice Mac logo from this link.

Closing Words

I do love this setup and proudly share the tips on how to make your Ubuntu 19.04 looks like Mac OS Mojave. Thanks for reading this and I hope you enjoy it. See you next time. Cheers

Best Linux Distributions that Look Like MacOS

  • Ubuntu Budgie. Ubuntu Budgie is a distro built with a focus on simplicity, elegance, and powerful performance. .
  • Zorin OS. .
  • Solus. .
  • Elementary OS. .
  • Deepin Linux. .
  • PureOS. .
  • Backslash. .
  • Pearl OS.

How do I make Linux look like Mac?

How to give your Ubuntu Linux a macOS makeover

  1. Step 1: Install a macOS inspired GTK theme. Since the focus is on making GNOME look like macOS, you should choose a macOS like theme. .
  2. Step 2: Install macOS like icons. .
  3. Step 3: Add macOS like dock. .
  4. Step 4: Use macOS wallpaper. .
  5. Step 5: Change system fonts.

Which OS is similar to Mac?

What Are the Differences Between macOS and Linux?

  • Elementary OS. Elementary OS presents itself as a privacy-respecting replacement for macOS. .
  • Deepin Linux. Deepin Linux is based on Debian, and it features its own desktop environment, called the Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE). .
  • Xubuntu. .
  • Zorin OS. .
  • Voyager Live.

What is the best looking Linux OS?

The 5 Most Beautiful Linux Distros Out Of The Box

  • Deepin Linux. The first distro I would like to talk about is Deepin Linux. .
  • Elementary OS. The Ubuntu-based elementary OS is without a doubt one of the most beautiful Linux distributions you can find. .
  • Garuda Linux. Just like an eagle, Garuda entered the realm of Linux distributions. .
  • Hefftor Linux. .
  • Zorin OS.

Why does Linux look like Mac?

ElementaryOS is a distribution of Linux, based on Ubuntu and GNOME, which pretty much copied all the GUI elements of Mac OS X. . This is mainly because for most people anything that isn’t Windows looks like Mac.

Can you make Ubuntu look like Mac?

The single easiest way to make Ubuntu look like a Mac is to install a Mac GTK theme. . It’s one of the best designed Mac GTK themes out there (it also has a matching GNOME Shell theme). The ‘macOS Mojave’ theme requires GNOME 3.20 or later, so you’ll need to be running Ubuntu 16.10 or later to use it.

How do I make Linux Mint look like Mac?

More Ways to Make Linux Mint Look like a Mac

  1. Change the desktop wallpaper to a Mac background.
  2. Replace the bottom panel with a dock app like Plank.
  3. Install a Mac icon theme for Linux.
  4. Move the bottom panel to the top of the screen.
  5. Install/enable Nemo Preview, analogous to Quick Look.

Is Mac a Linux system?

Mac OS is based on a BSD code base, while Linux is an independent development of a unix-like system. This means that these systems are similar, but not binary compatible. Furthermore, Mac OS has lots of applications that are not open source and are build on libraries that are not open source.

Is Apple a Linux?

Both macOS—the operating system used on Apple desktop and notebook computers—and Linux are based on the Unix operating system, which was developed at Bell Labs in 1969 by Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson.

Can Linux be installed on a Mac?

Linux is incredibly versatile (it’s used to run everything from smartphones to supercomputers), and you can install it on your MacBook Pro, iMac, or even your Mac mini. Apple adding Boot Camp to macOS made it easy for people to dual boot Windows, but installing Linux is another matter entirely.

Which is the smoothest Linux distro?

10 Most Stable Linux Distros In 2021

  • 2| Debian. .
  • 3| Fedora. .
  • 4| Linux Mint. .
  • 5| Manjaro. Suitable for: Beginners. .
  • 6| openSUSE. Suitable for: Beginners and advanced users. .
  • 8| Tails. Suitable for: Security and privacy. .
  • 9| Ubuntu. Suitable for: Developers, Professionals, Students. .
  • 10| Zorin OS. Suitable for: Beginners, Professionals.

Which Linux is most like Windows?

Best Linux distributions which look like Windows

  • Zorin OS. This is perhaps one of the most Windows-like distribution of Linux. .
  • Chalet OS. Chalet OS is the nearest we have to Windows Vista. .
  • Kubuntu. While Kubuntu is a Linux distribution, it is a technology somewhere in between Windows and Ubuntu. .
  • Robolinux. .
  • Linux Mint.

Which Linux distro is fastest?

The five fastest-booting Linux distributions

  • Puppy Linux is not the fastest-booting distribution in this crowd, but it’s one of the fastest. .
  • Linpus Lite Desktop Edition is an alternative desktop OS featuring the GNOME desktop with a few minor tweaks. .
  • Arch Linux is another lightweight distribution that aims to have a lightning-fast boot time.

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.

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

Mac themes for Linux Mint are not new.

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.

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.

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.

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!

  • 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

So get started and share your screenshots in the comments.

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What Are the Differences Between macOS and Linux?

To start with, Linux is just an operating system kernel, while macOS is a complete operating system that comes bundled with a large number of applications. The kernel at the heart of macOS is called XNU, an acronym for X is Not Unix.

The Linux kernel was developed by Linus Torvalds, and it’s distributed under GPLv2. XNU was originally developed by the American computer and software company NeXT, which was purchased by Apple in 1997. XNU is developed under the Apple Public Source License 2.0, which allows only limited modification of the code by a licensee.

To create complete operating systems (Linux distributions), developers bundle the Linux kernel with third-party open-source applications. This open and flexible approach is one of the biggest strengths of Linux, and it’s also the reason why it can meet the needs of everyone from data centers to home users.

The Linux community has been working tirelessly to support all kinds of hardware, including devices that have been labeled as obsolete by their manufacturers. On the other hand, Apple is actively preventing users from installing macOS on non-Apple hardware, forcing them to purchase expensive Macs.

Apple wants macOS users to install applications only from the App Store, which is inaccessible without a user account. Most Linux distributions that look like macOS come with their own “app stores” packed with free, open-source applications that can be installed with a simple click and without registration.

Top 5 Best macOS Alternatives

Our selection of Linux distributions that look like macOS includes only active projects with a decent number of users. We ranked the distributions according to their similarity with macOS, general usability, and popularity.

1. Elementary OS

Elementary OS presents itself as a privacy-respecting replacement for macOS. It takes just a few minutes to realize that its developers understand what macOS users like about Apple’s operating system. All parts of the Elementary OS—from the familiar bottom dock to individual applications—are designed with ease of use in mind. As a user, you never feel overwhelmed with options because everything just works.

The Pantheon desktop environment, which the developers created from scratch, is arguably the main reason why Elementary OS is so cohesive. In addition to Pantheon, Elementary OS comes with its own heavily curated app store for free and paid applications, called AppCenter. At the moment, there are only 170 applications in the AppCenter, all of which have been reviewed to ensure a native, privacy-respecting, and secure experience.

You can download, install, and use Elementary OS without paying a single dollar, but users are encouraged to make a small donation to support the development of this beautiful and powerful operating system.

2. Deepin Linux

Deepin Linux is based on Debian, and it features its own desktop environment, called the Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE). This desktop environment is written in Qt and is clearly inspired by Apple’s operating system.

The China-based developers of Deepin Linux, Wuhan Deepin Technology Co., Ltd., don’t limit themselves to open-source software. WPS Office, Skype, Google Chrome, and Steam are just a few examples of proprietary applications included in the distribution.

Most basic applications that you would expect to find in any Linux distribution were created by the Deepin development team, and they include Deepin Installer, Deepin File Manager, Deeping System Monitor, and others.

3. Xubuntu

Xubuntu is a derivative of the Ubuntu operating system, one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world. Instead of Ubuntu’s GNOME desktop, it users the Xfce desktop environment, which shares the same basic layout with macOS.

One of the main goals of Xubuntu is to run well on low-end hardware and older computers. If you have, for example, an aging MacBook with a limited amount of RAM, replacing macOS with Xubuntu will allow you to extend its lifespan by a couple of years.

To work well on older hardware, Xubuntu had to sacrifice some features, and the same can be said about Xfce. Even the included applications can, at times, look a little basic and dated, but they get the job done and don’t consume too much resources.

4. Zorin OS

Designed to be easy to use and feature-complete, Zorin OS is an increasingly popular Linux distribution that directly targets users of macOS who would like to break the chain that binds them to Apple’s expensive hardware.

The distribution is available in over 50 languages and comes with many open-source and proprietary applications. Additional applications can be installed from the built-in app store, and Zorin OS even allows its users to install many Windows apps using the Wine compatibility layer.

Only the most basic version of Zorin OS is free. To unlock a macOS desktop layout, you need to pay €39 for the Ultimate version, which also comes with professional installation support and additional apps and games.

5. Voyager Live

Voyager Live is a French Linux distribution that ships with Voyager-branded computers and tablets. It’s based on Ubuntu and includes excellent support for 2-in-1 convertibles (namely the Voyager PC Tablet).

macOS users will appreciate the familiar layout, with a dock at the bottom and a menu bar at the top. Voyager Live makes heavy use of Conky, a popular desktop system monitor capable of displaying all kinds of information directly on the desktop, including network speed, CPU utilization, tasks, and application shortcuts.

If you’re not afraid to try a less popular Linux distribution (whose website hasn’t even been translated into English), then you might be pleasantly surprised by Voyager Live and its polished version of the Xfce desktop environment.

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Love it or hate it, Apple’s macOS has carved its place in the PC market, even more after the iPhone. One of the many advantages of using Linux though is that you have the freedom to make it look like anything you fancy. Follow the steps given below to install mac OS theme on your KDE Plasma desktop.

Being a Linux user doesn’t mean you have to loathe macOS or Windows. In fact, many people dig the look of Windows or macOS but simply don’t want to invest in buying them. The reasons can be several, but we won’t be discussing those here. Rather, let’s discuss how you can make your KDE Plasma desktop to look and feel like MacOS.

1. Top Panel

KDE Plasma looks more like Windows, by default than Mac. Some other desktop environments give more of a Mac feel with a top panel that houses the time/date, system tray, etc. Yet, it’s KDE Plasma that can replicate MacOS’s menu bar the best, as far as I know. In the screenshot above you can see the default KDE panel at the bottom, and a customized panel at the top that looks like the menu bar on a Mac. Before we can change anything, make sure widgets are unlocked.

System tray

  1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select Add panel > Application menu bar. This will add a white bar at the top of your screen. The panel you see in screenshots is the finished product and sadly I’m not willing to undo it all so …
  2. Click on the hamburger menu icon (three horizontal lines) on the very right and drag the Height button up or down to increase or decrease the height of the top panel to your liking.
  3. When you have the desired height, you can start adding widgets. Right-click anywhere and select Add widgets.
  4. Select the system tray from the Widgets and drag it to the very right of the top panel to place it. Do the same with the clock widget and add anything you want really. You can use the bottom panel as a guide or the screenshot above if you’re not sure which widgets to place.
  1. The system tray widget contains all the necessary icons which will appear when needed as it happens on Windows. I prefer adding each of the system tray icons manually because it gives more of a Mac look and is also less cluttered.
  2. In the screenshot above, right-to-left, the widgets are – Search, Lock/Logout, User Switcher, Simple Date and Time (you’ll have to download this one), Bluetooth, Networks, Audio Volume, Device Notifier, Clipboard, KDE Connect, Notifications, Weather widget. I’ve added Pager in order to easily switch between different virtual desktops, a trash widget, and a Netspeed widget as well but you can ignore those.

macOS-like Global menu

On the very left of the panel, add an Active Window Control Widget (might have to download it), next to it add the Global Menu widget. Unfortunately, I can’t show you how to space them but you’ll probably figure out how far or close you like those two on your own.

When you’re done, you might want to remove the bottom panel because you won’t be needing that. To do that click on the hamburger menu on the bottom panel, select More Settings… > Remove Panel.

macOS Dock for KDE Plasma

The other quite popular component of a Mac desktop is the dock at the bottom that houses all your favorite and currently open apps. The dock is not that hard to replicate though and can even be done on Windows with quite a perfection. Linux has many options such as Docky, Plank, and my favorite Cairo. You can use either you want, but you will need Mac themes for either one before it starts to look anything like the one in the screenshot above.

I’m using Cairo dock with a Mac theme (credit: sean barman). To install the theme on Cairo dock, right-click anywhere on the dock and select Cairo > Configure. Select Themes, then drag and drop the downloaded file to where it says …or drag and drop a theme package here: then click on Apply.

Icons and Cursor

There are so many MacOS icon packs and cursor themes for Linux that you can download and install and any of those will work fine. You can download the ones linked below if you’re having trouble finding them.

Extract the files and place the extracted folders in

macOS Themes for KDE Plasma

By now your desktop must look like Mac but the menu bar is still quite white which is not how it looks on the Mac. Not to mention any apps you open must look completely off with the default KDE theme. To change that, go to System Settings > Workspace Theme > Desktop Theme and click on Get New Theme. Install and Apply Breeze Transparent, Breeze Transparent with Antu icons or Breeze transparent panel which I am using because it makes the top panel more transparent than the others. The downside is that the other themes also make a few other parts of the UI transparent, while this one doesn’t.

While you’re at it, you can also apply the Cursor Theme.

Next, go to System Settings > Application Style and select Breezemite, then head over to System Settings > Icons and select your Mac icon pack.

That’s pretty much the gist of it although there still remain a few tweaks and modifications you can do to make it even better or just suit your style. Do you know that you can restart your KDE Plasma desktop with even rebooting? Read our tutorial to learn how to do that!

This simple tutorial shows how to install ‘McMojave’, a Mac OS Mojave like theme, in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10.

Following steps will first download and install the GTK theme, icons theme, and a set of wallpapers. And then apply new themes and tweak the left dock to make your Ubuntu desktop look like Mac OS X.

Install Mojave GTK theme:

1. First download the source code of GTK theme from the project releases page:

2. Then extract the tarball, select ‘Open in Terminal in source folder’s right-click menu.

3. When terminal opens, run command ./ :

If everything goes OK, the GTK theme should installed successfully for single user usage.

Install Mojave icon theme:

The icon theme source code is available for download at the link below:

Same to the GTK theme, after downloaded the Mojave icon theme, do following steps one by one:

  • extract the source code by right-clicking on the tarball and selecting ‘Extract Here’.
  • open icon folder in terminal by selecting ‘Open in Terminal’ in its context menu.
  • install the icon theme by running command ./ -a in the pop-up terminal.

Apply new themes to make Ubuntu look like Mac OS X:

1. First open terminal, and run command to install required GTK engine and Gnome Tweak Tool:

2. Search for and install “user themes gnome shell extension” (without quotes) from Ubuntu Software.

3. Open Gnome Tweaks, and select the new themes under Applications, Icons, and Shell.

4. Finally tweak the left panel by running following two commands in terminal:

  • To move left dock to bottom:
  • To shorten the dock: