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 A quick way to make Linux Mint look like Mac OS X

Macbuntu is an open-source program designed to transform the Linux desktop appearance and layout into a Mac OS X environment. It will install all the necessary apps, icons, and other resources to make your desktop look just like OS X.

You can read the "Software Requirements Specification for MacBuntu v10.10", a 21.9 MB PDF document, to find out more about Macbuntu.

You should be aware that this script significantly changes the desktop.
Also, keep in mind that running scripts with root privileges is dangerous. If you do not trust the software or you are unsure about the origin of this software, please do not install.
Macbuntu guarantee the safe code only if the application comes from this address

The Macbuntu installation script automatically installs and configures all necessary system components to mimic Mac OS X appearance:
 * Paw-OSX and Paw-Ubuntu Plymouth themes
 * Macbuntu sound theme
 * Macbuntu GTK theme based on GTK Leopard
 * Macbuntu-Icons based on Mac4Lin and Faenza Icons
 * Macbuntu-Cursors based on Shere Khan X
 * Mac OS X backgrounds
 * Mac OS X fonts

The script also installs:
 * Compiz Extras
 * Application Menu
 * Docky
 * Ubuntu-Tweak
 * Cheese

It changes the configuration for:
 * Login screen
 * Metacity
 * Compiz effects
 * Window theme
 * Backgrounds
 * Cursors
 * Icons
 * Top panel

If a previous version of Macbuntu is installed it will be overwritten.

To install Macbuntu for Linux Mint 10, which is based on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, just run the following four lines in a Terminal window to download and install the 42.0 MB package:

wget -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz

tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10/
./ force

Also, there is a Gnome GlobalMenu patch for Macbuntu 10.10 that you should install, available here.


To install Macbuntu for Linux Mint 9, which is based on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, just run the following four lines in a Terminal window to download and install the 42.2 MB package:

wget -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz

tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz -C /tmp

cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04/

./ force


When the installation is finished, the script asks about the optional installation of some extras:
 * Firefox theme Vfox3_Basic and MacOSX Theme
 * Thunderbird theme Leopard Mail-Default-Aqua
 * Chrome theme GTK Leopard Chrome Theme

After the installation, it is required to restart your computer.

To use Mint Menu with your new desktop, you can add it in the top panel by right-clicking on the panel and choosing "Add to panel". There you can search for "mintMenu" and add it to the panel.


If you decide that the Mac-themed desktop is not what you want for your desktop, you can just uninstall Macbuntu.

To remove Macbuntu 10.10 v2.3 from Linux Mint 10, open a terminal and type the following commands:

cd ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3/


To remove Macbuntu 10.04 v2.3 from Linux Mint 9, open a terminal and type the following commands:

cd ~/.macbuntu/10.04-2.3/



After the removal of Macbuntu, it is required to restart your computer.

You may see that the default theme after the uninstallation is not the right one, so you can just select your favourite desktop theme from the Appearance Preferences available in the Mint Menu.


Recommended reading:

Macbuntu 2.3 GTK 2.x Theme/Style on

Pinguy OS - an optimised Live DVD build of Ubuntu 10.10 Minimal CD with added repositories, tweaks and enhancements

Linux OSX like - download two Ubuntu remasters using Mac4Lin as the default theme, Avant window navigator and Gnome global menu

Macbuntu-iso - download the Ubuntu remastered ISO using  Macbuntu for the default theme (based on Mac4Lin)

Tags: Macbuntu Mac OS X Transformation Pack
Created: 8 years ago.
Last edited: 8 years ago.
Reviewed: 7 years ago.

5 years ago

I did the same as above told and installed mac os x theme. But I want to remove it completely. How do I do that?
I did cd ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3/
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $

then i typed ./
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $ ./

Macbuntu - Mac OS X Transformation Pack

Deinstallation script

This script will slide back to default Ubuntu desktop
all Macbuntu-10.10 components will be removed permanently

Checking Ubuntu version...
Failed. System not supported, script will end here
To ignore their compatibility with current OS try ./ force
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $

then I typed ./ force
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $ ./ force
bash: ./ No such file or directory
satish@satish-Inspiron-N5010 ~/.macbuntu/10.10-2.3 $
7 years ago

thanks for that tutorial. It worked at first run. Nice and cool!  
7 years ago

After installing I didn't get screen edges working properly (show desktop and scale windows). And seems like something is overriding CompizConfig settings' shortucts, because they are set but not working.

What can be overriding it?

And how can I make screen edges work? Without them system cannot be count as "OSX like" :)
8 years ago

If this is targeted at Ubuntu (hence the name Macbuntu), why is there no .deb or PPA? That little extra bit of work would make distributing this package (on the developer's side) and using it (on the end users' side) MUCH simpler.  

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