In this tutorial you will learn how to change the default Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop to macOS theme. Although in this tutorial we wil perform the installation of macOS Mojave theme the steps bellow should be applicable to perform the installation of any other macOS style theme.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install macOS theme
  • How to install macOS icons
  • How to install macOS cursor theme
  • How to install macOS style bottom panel
  • How to set macOS Mojave wallpaper
  • How to start automaticaly macOS panel after reboot
macOS theme on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
macOS theme on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software Gnome Tweaks, Plank
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to install macOS theme on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions

  1. First step is to install Gnome Tweaks.
  2. Next, we are going to install Mojave macOS theme. Begin by opening your terminal and installation for all prerequisites:
    $ sudo apt install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf
    
    Next, download the Mojave macOS theme:
    Navigate your browser the mcMojave theme and download the theme package. There are multiple options so choose any style you favour as the installation process is exactly the same.
    Navigate your browser to McMojave theme page and download the theme package. There are multiple options so choose any style you favour as the installation process is exactly the same. For tyhe purpose of this tutorial we will go with the dark theme. Download the package to your ~/Downloads directory.
    At this stage you should have the package downloaded in your ~/Downloads directory. Once ready execute the below commands to install the macOS theme:
    $ tar xf Mojave-dark.tar.xz
    $ mkdir ~/.themes
    $ mv Mojave-dark ~/.themes/
    
    Installation of the macOS Mojave theme on Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop
    Installation of the macOS Mojave theme on Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop

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  4. Once the theme is installed you can apply the theme to your current desktop:

    change to Applications theme appearance
    Open up the Gnome Tweaks tool and change to Applications theme appearance to Mojave-dark.
  5. Next step is to install Mojave CT icons.

    Use your browser to download the macOS Mojave CT icons
    Use your browser to download the macOS Mojave CT icons. Once again pick any icon style and save the package into your ~/Downloads directory.
    At this stage you should have the package downloaded in your ~/Downloads directory. Once ready execute the below commands to install the macOS Mojave CT icons:
    $ tar xf Mojave-CT-Night-Mode.tar.xz
    $ mkdir ~/.icons
    $ mv Mojave-CT-Night-Mode ~/.icons/
    
    Installation of macOS icons on Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome desktop
    Installation of macOS icons on Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome desktop
  6. Change the icons to macOS Mojave theme:

    Using Gnome tweaks set the icon appearance to Mojave.
    Reload the Gnome tweak and set the icon appearance to Mojave.
  7. In this step we will install the macOS cursor set.

    download the macOS cursor set
    Using your browser download the macOS cursor set package into your ~/Downloads directory.
    Once you have the macOS cursor set package downloaded in your ~/Downloads directory execute the below commands to install it:
    $ unzip -qq macOS\ Cursor\ Set.zip
    $ mv macOS\ Cursor\ Set ~/.icons/
    
    Installation of macOS cursor set on Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop
    Installation of macOS cursor set on Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop


  8. Apply the macOS cursor set:

    Reload the Gnome tweak tool apply the macOS cursor set.
    Reload the Gnome tweak tool and apply the macOS cursor set.
  9. Set the macOS wallpaper. The opinion on what constitutes a macOS wallpaper may differ. Good place to start is to download the Mojave wallpaper.
    Set macOS Mojave wallpaper on Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome desktop.
    Set macOS Mojave wallpaper on Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome desktop.
  10. Next, setup the macOS panel. To do so first install Plank:
    $ sudo apt install plank
    
    Once the Plank application is installed launch it from your Activities menu:
    Start Plank application on Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Desktop
    Start Plank application on Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Desktop
    At this point you should see the macOS panel at the bottom of your desktop.
    At this point you should see the macOS panel at the bottom of your desktop.
    Hold the left CTRL and right click to the bottom macOS panel to open up Preferences. Customise the macOS panel to fit your desired look and feel
    Hold the left CTRL and right click to the bottom macOS panel to open up Preferences. Customise the macOS panel to fit your desired look and feel. If you wish to take yet another step further install the optional macOS Plank theme


  11. Remove the default Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome dock panel.
  12. Configure the Plank application to start after reboot.

    Use Gnome Tweaks to set the Plank application to start after reboot.
    Use Gnome Tweaks to set the Plank application to start after reboot.
    All done.
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