How to make Linux Mint 18 look like MacOS

by Daniel Pham
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In this article, I will show you how to make Linux Mint 18 look like MacOS.

What to do when you’re using Linux but like the beauty of MacOS. Do as I do.

My computer information

My laptop has the following configuration.

  • OS: Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64 bit.
  • Cinnamon version: 3.6.7
  • Linux kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic.
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • Chip: Intel Core i5-6200U.
  • Brand: Dell

Step by step makes Linux Mint 18 look like MacOS

First, we need to change the theme of the computer. At this point, in the repository of Linux Mint there is no MacOS theme.

Install MacOS theme

Thanks for having a programmer created the MacOS theme for Mint. You use the command below to install MacOS theme for Mint.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/macbuntu
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install macbuntu-os-ithemes-lts-v7 macbuntu-os-icons-lts-v7 -y

After installing the theme, open System Settings -> Appearance -> Themes and set up as shown in the image below.

set up MacOS theme for your computer
Set up MacOS theme for your computer.

Change the title style of the window

You know, Mint uses icons in the upper right corner of the window. Meanwhile, MacOS left its icons in the upper left corner of the window.

Therefore, we need to change a bit of the window interface in the computer. You open System Settings -> Preferences -> Windows and change the settings as the image below.

 change the icon to the upper left corner of the window

Change the icon to the upper left corner of the window.

At the Titlebar tab -> Buttons. You choose as shown in the image above.

Change the Start menu icon to an apple icon

By default, the Start menu icon of Linux Mint is a green M.

It did not suit the MacOS, you want it with apple. I have written a separate article to guide you to do this, to avoid making this article too long.

Recommended Reading: How to change Start menu icon in Linux Mint

Change the panel position

Another thing to change is the panel position. By default, Mint Cinnamon’s panel is at the bottom of the screen.

To look like MacOS, you need to move it to the top of the screen. I also have a separate article about it, read the link below.

Recommended Reading: How to move panel bar in Linux Mint

Install Docky

You see MacOS has a dynamic panel bar at the bottom of the screen. You hover your mouse on the panel bar as the program icons are enlarged, which is very interesting.

In Linux, a tool allows you to do the same thing. That is Docky.

Go to Software Manager and type find Docky, then install it and start it up.

You set it as this image.

install and config Docky
Install and config Docky.

Enjoy the results

After everything is set up, you can enjoy the result as shown below.

I am also enjoying that interface. Very beautiful and without any errors.

linux mint 18 look like macos
Linux Mint 18 look like MacOS.


The steps are relatively simple. But the results are worthy. Open source power of Linux Mint combined with the beautiful interface of MacOS. You already have a perfect computer.

(This is an article from my old blog that has been inactive for a long time, I don’t want to throw it away so I will keep it and hope it helps someone).

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4 years ago

Really nice design and style and good subject matter, nothing
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