How to Install McMojave Theme: Make your Ubuntu look like macOS

In this article, you’ll learn how to install the McMojave theme on Ubuntu that makes your Ubuntu/Mint desktop look like macOS.

You love the macOS desktop look right? If you want to give the Mac OsX like look to your Ubuntu desktop, then this is one of my favorite theme for doing that. Mojave is an elegant, compact theme for GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome-Shell which supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Pantheon, Mate, etc.

Steps to install McMojave Theme on Ubuntu

Follow the easy steps mentioned below and make your Ubuntu beautiful and compact like macOS:

Step 1: Open the terminal and run the following command to install the prerequisites:

sudo apt install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf

Step 2: Download the McMojave theme package. Choose the package that you like from many theme variants. Method of installation is the same for all packages.

Download McMojave theme package
Save the downloaded package to the ~/Downloads directory

Step 3: Go to the ~/Downloads directory where the theme packages are saved. Open the terminal, navigate to the ~/Downloads directory using cd ~/Downloads and run the following commands to extract and install the downloaded package (If you’ve downloaded another theme package, then just change the name of the package, name of package is in bold letters.) :

tar xf Mojave-light.tar.xz


mkdir ~/.themes


mv Mojave-light ~/.themes/

Now go to the appearance section of the Gnome tweaks or the Unity tweak tool to apply the new theme or to change theme.


Step 3: Download and install Mojave CT icons. Once the theme is applied, download the Mojave CT icons to change the default icons of the Ubuntu desktop. Choose the flavor you like from a list of icon packages. Method of installation is same for all the icon packages.

Download and install Mojave CT icons
Save the downloaded package to the ~/Downloads directory.

After downloading, go to the ~/Downloads directory where your downloaded packages are saved and make sure if the packages are saved there. Run the following commands to extract and install the icon set while ~/Downloads being the current working directory(Change the names of the packages if you’ve downloaded another package, names of packages are in bold letters.):

tar xf Mojave-CT-Light.tar.xz


mkdir ~/.icons


mv Mojave-CT-Light ~/.icons/

After installation of the Mojave icons, go to the same appearance section of Gnome tweaks or the Unity tweak tool to apply the icons. You can try all the icon sets to make a good choice.


Step 4: In this step, download and install the macOS cursor set. Your existing cursor can also be used along with the McMojave theme and icons, but the macOS cursor set is completely different experience when it comes to elegance.

So why not have the complete macOS experience if you’ve got resources to get that? Enough idle talks, let’s install the macOS cursor set. You don’t get choices here, but the one package is all you need to make your Ubuntu look like macOS. Click on the picture or the link above to download the package.

Download and install macOS Cursor set
Save it to the ~/Downloads directory.

After downloading, go to the ~/Downloads using cd ~/Downloads in the terminal, which should be your current working directory from the steps above. Run the following commands in the terminal to extract and install the macOS Cursor Set from the downloaded file:

unzip -qq macOS\ Cursor\ Set.zip


mv macOS\ Cursor\ Set ~/.icons/

Again, go to the appearance section of the Gnome tweaks or the Unity tweak tool to apply the installed Cursor Set on your existing Ubuntu desktop.


Step 5: In this step, download macOS wallpapers of your choice to give your Ubuntu desktop a beautiful finishing touch of your choice. You can follow the previous link or search online for more wallpapers. macOS wallpapers look great on this theme.

Change wallpaper from the appearance section of Gnome tweaks or the Unity tweak tool.


Step 6: Install and setup plank. To make the panel look like macOS, install plank to get that dynamic macOS panel. To install plank, run the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt install plank

Plank has been installed, launch plank from the activities section, you’ll see the new bottom panel on your screen. Hold the left Ctrl button and right click on the bottom plank to go to the preferences.

Change your preferences in the plank and then configure plank to start after reboot automatically. Go to Unity tweaks tool/Gnome tweaks > Startup applications to add plank to the Startup applications.

Add plank in Ubuntu to the startup applications

To hide the default dock of Ubuntu desktop, go to Settings > Dock to hide the default dock from the desktop.

Hide default dock in Ubuntu

That’s all. Changing the theme took some time, but that is worth it. Your fresh Ubuntu desktop with macOS look is ready.

Final thoughts: McMojave theme gives an elegant look to your existing Ubuntu desktop. It makes the working environment beautiful and fresh. Every Ubuntu user should give it a try.

In this article, we learnt how to install McMojave Theme on Ubuntu using terminal. We also learnt how to install the macOS cursor, icon set and then how to install plank to get that dynamic macOS panel.


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