How to make Ubuntu 12.04 look like Mac OSX

Undoubtedly, Mac OS has got the best looks among all the operating systems. But just for the its look one doesn’t need to ditch our beloved Ubuntu which has a pretty decent looks with Unity or Gnome. Here is a way to install a theme that will give Ubuntu the looks of Mac OS and by this way you will have the beauty of Mac and the power of Linux, perfect combination!

Installing The Theme:

The theme which turns your Ubuntu in Mac OS is Adwaita Cupertino. You can download it from here. This downloaded package is in .tar.gz format. You can extract it by right clicking on it. It contains of four themes one for Mac Leopard and one for Lion for Unity and Gnome Shell. You should use Adwaita Cupertino SL Unity  if you are using Unity.

Now the next step is to copy the folder to the themes directory which is located at ~/.themes If you are not able to see this directory in your Home, then use Ctrl+H to show the hidden files. Now copy the entire folder here.

If you prefer to do the same procedure explained above in terminal then follow these steps:

cd ~/Downloads

tar xvzf 147061-Adwaita-Cupertino.tar.gz

cp -r 147061-Adwaita-Cupertino/Adwaita Cupertino SL Unity ~/.themes

Using the Theme:

Now once we have copied our theme in the correct directory, its the time to use this theme. To use the newly installed theme, we need a tweaking tool.

For Unity, you can use My Unity by using the following command in the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt-get install myunity

For Gnome Shell, you can use Gnome Tweak Tool by using the following command in the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Now you can use these tools and select all the installed themes. The pic below shows you the MyUnity interface in Mac theme:

I hope you find the article helpful. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any. Cheers :)