How to install Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa Linux

The GNOME Tweaks tool allows users to configure a bunch of cosmetic and behavior in the GNOME desktop environment. It can be installed on Ubuntu 20.04 and used to customize things like the top bar, quick launch toolbar, etc.

GNOME Tweaks grants us more control over our GUI than what is availably by default in GNOME settings. You will be able to edit fonts, title bar clicking actions, workspace settings, and much more.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install GNOME Tweaks on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux. You’ll also see how to open the application so you can begin customizing your GNOME desktop environment.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Gnome Tweak Tool
  • How to start Tweak Tool
  • How to install additional GNOME tweak extensions

Tweak Tools on Ubuntu 20.04

Tweak Tools on Ubuntu 20.04

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 Tweak Tool
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

Installing Tweak Tool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa step by step instructions

  1. The first step is to make sure that we have the universe repository enabled on our Ubuntu system:
    $ sudo add-apt-repository universe
  2. Once ready, execute the following command to install Tweak Tool on your Ubuntu 20.04 system:
    $ sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool
  3. Use activities and search for tweak keyword to start the Tweak Tool. Alternatively, execute the bellow command:
     $ gnome-tweaks
  4. ( optional ) You may now install additional extensions to further tweak your system. Search for available gnome shell extensions:
    $ apt search gnome-shell-extension

    Next, either install only selected extensions for example:

    $ sudo apt install  gnome-shell-extension-gsconnect

    or install all extensions:

    $ sudo apt install $(apt search gnome-shell-extension | grep ^gnome | cut -d / -f1)

Closing Thoughts

In this tutorial, we learned how to install the GNOME Tweaks tool in Ubuntu 20.04. This is an essential tool for all GNOME users, granting us the ability to customize our desktop environment in ways that streamline our workflow and look more aesthetically pleasing. GNOME Tweaks makes it easier to apply granular settings rather than having to manually dig into configuration files or searching for third party plugins.