MacBuntu Transform Ubuntu 16.04 To Mac OS X

So you wanna transform Ubuntu 16.04 desktop to Apple’s MacOS X operating system. Well, I got you covered. Macbuntu Transformation Pack is available for Ubuntu 16.04 and I will guide you to set it up easily. The Macbuntu Transformation Pack contains themes for GTK, meaning there is support for Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Xfce, and MATE desktop environments.

Noobslab’s latest Transformation pack comes with the following –

  • A PPA dedicated to Macbuntu packs.
  • Themes are better coded, looks shiny, smooth, fast.
  • GTK themes support Unity, Mate, Gnome, Xfce, Cinnamon.
  • Mac theme for LightDM-webkit autoconfiguration
  • Two themes for Gnome Shell dark and light version, and two for Cinnamon
  • Icon set compatibility for 16.04
  • Four Plank dock themes

So let’s dive in!

Get Mac OS X Wallpapers

Download some Mac Wallpapers made available by NoobsLab. Extract the wallpapers to your pictures folder. Apply any of this as your wallpaper.

download mac os x wallpapers

​Install Unity tweak tool

The Unity tweak tool extends the customization of Unity by allowing you to change the themes and icons. Enter the following command via terminal.

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
install unity tweak tool in ubuntu

Install and set MacOS theme on Ubuntu

Run the following command to download and install the MacOS theme –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-icons-lts-v7
sudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-ithemes-lts-v7

After installation, open the Unity Tweak Tool and set the mac theme as your current theme and apply the macbuntu icons also.

Install Slingscold Launcher (for Launchpad)

Install slingscold Launcher as a replacement launcher. To install Slingscold, enter the following commands in your terminal –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install slingscold
install slingscold launcher in ubuntu

Install Albert Spotlight

Similar to the Mac spotlight, Albert spotlight is an app designed to help the user quickly locate and open an application, files or system preferences on your PC. To install Albert spotlight, enter the following commands in your terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install albert

After installation, you can open Albert spotlight from the Dash and first set a hotkey to activate it.

install albert spotlight in ubuntu

Install Plank Dock and themes

Plank is a lightweight dock app which is a good alternative to the MacOS dock. Install plank via terminal with the following commands.

sudo apt-get install plank

After installing plank dock, run the following to install macbuntu plank themes.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-plank-theme-lts-v7

To change the default plank theme to your installed macbuntu themes, press “Ctrl” + “Right Click” on Plank to access the context menu and change the theme.

install plank dock in ubuntu

Replace the “Ubuntu Desktop” text with “Mac” on the panel

To do the above, enter the following command via terminal. For a non-English version of Ubuntu, replace the /en/ with your locale. For instance, the French Ubuntu version will require /fr/.

cd && wget -O Mac.po http://drive.noobslab.com/data/Mac/change-name-on-panel/mac.po
cd /usr/share/locale/en/LC_MESSAGES; sudo msgfmt -o unity.mo ~/Mac.po;rm ~/Mac.po;cd

Replace Ubuntu logo with Apple logo in launcher

Enter the following command via terminal to do the above –

wget -O launcher_bfb.png http://drive.noobslab.com/data/Mac/launcher-logo/apple/launcher_bfb.png
sudo mv launcher_bfb.png /usr/share/unity/icons/
replace ubuntu logo with apple logo

Install Monochrome icons for LibreOffice

If you have LibreOffice installed, you can also change the default Humans icons with Monochrome icons.

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-style-sifr

After installation, you have to open LibreOffice and apply the Monochrome icons at -​

Tools” > “Options” > “LibreOffice” > “View” and select “Sifr” under “Icon size and style”.

install monochrome icon in libreoffice

Add Apple Mac OS Font

Install the mac fonts with the following commands –

wget -O mac-fonts.zip http://drive.noobslab.com/data/Mac/macfonts.zip
sudo unzip mac-fonts.zip -d /usr/share/fonts; rm mac-fonts.zip
sudo fc-cache -f -v

Go ahead and apply the fonts from the Unity-Tweak tool.
So there, you have it, a very beautiful transformation of your Unity interface to a Mac interface.

install mac os x font in ubuntu


kevin.exe May 4, 2019 at 8:27 am

how do you change it from saying mac osx on the panel back to saying Ubuntu desktop?

rick March 25, 2020 at 6:26 am

I get this error:

E: Unable to locate package macbuntu-os-icons-lts-v7

Here’s my history
15 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu
16 sudo apt-get update
17 sudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-icons-lts-v7

Distributor ID: LinuxMint
Description: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia
Release: 19.3
Codename: tricia

I have Googled a lot but can’t find any solution.



Sohail March 25, 2020 at 8:06 pm

Hi Rick,

You can try the method that I explained in the following article. You can use this app to manage your themes on Linux.


Sarvesh January 9, 2021 at 10:02 am

How do you revert it?

iRay March 30, 2021 at 2:32 am

Just have 2 questions before installing.

Will the buttons be on the right place again?? Top-Left as they are supposed to be… 🙂

Is the cmd key available again ? Can not really get used to the ctrl button. Also as there is only one in the down left corner of the Mac keyboard



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