How to Make Ubuntu Look Like macOS 11 Big Sur

Linux is known to be highly customizable. Many users are interested in making their personal computer resemble a Mac, but cannot afford it. That is where Ubuntu comes in. There are a number of alterations to the design introduced with the new macOS Big Sur from Apple.

Of course, this will allow you to convert your Ubuntu into macOS Big Sur. The ideal method for this is by using the WhiteSur GTK Theme by vinceliuice. In our latest guide here, we will show you how to make Ubuntu look like macOS Big Sur by using the WhiteSur GTK Theme.

How to Make Ubuntu Look Like macOS 11 Big Sur

How to Make Ubuntu Look Like macOS 11 Big Sur

You will require some things in order to start installing custom themes on your Ubuntu GNOME desktop, which have been listed below.

1. Download Packages

There are some dependencies for the WhiteSur GTK theme that you must install. In Linux, these are basically packages that another app or package is dependent upon in order to work properly or get installed properly. You can install them by launching a terminal and entering the command you see below:

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

Type in your password, press Enter, and hit the Y key when prompted. After this, you can run the command given below:

sudo apt install sassc optipng inkscape

2. Tweak Tool

This is a useful piece of software that is a must for Ubuntu users. It enables you to apply themes and also offers a number of other options to you. You can install it by running the given command in a terminal:

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

3. Themes Extension

This is an optional but advisable extension you can consider using. GNOME does not let you modify the GNOME shell theme, including the desktop interface, by default. However, you will be able to change the icon theme and the app theme.

4. Dash to Dock Extension

This is another optional but recommended extension. The GNOME dock is concealed in the Activities screen by default. On Ubuntu, you will find it in the form of a panel on the left side of your screen, resembling the Unity layout. However, macOS’ dock is placed horizontally below. By virtue of the Dash to Dock Extension, you will gain more control over the appearance and positioning of the dock. Needless to say, it will enable you to move the dock to the bottom of the screen, like on macOS.

How to Install the WhiteSur GTK Theme on your Ubuntu Linux

After you successfully install the dependent packages, you basically have two choices when it comes to installing the WhiteSur GTK theme. If you would like to go with the conventional method, you can go to the GitHub link, download the theme as a compressed zip file, extract it, and put the extracted folder in your Home directory. After that, you must go to the folder, open a terminal within it, and then run the given install script at last.

The second and much more convenient method is to use the terminal from the beginning. Bring up the terminal and enter the given command to clone the git repository to your home folder.

git clone

Now go to the newly cloned folder by using the command given below.

cd WhiteSur-gtk-theme

After this, use the given install script to put the required files in the correct places.


How to Install the macOS Big Sur Icon Theme on your Ubuntu Linux

Although the WhiteSur theme is fairly accurate, it does somewhat drop the ball regarding one thing. The icon theme featured in it is a circular macOS icon theme, rather than the iOS-themed Big Sur icons. You can rectify this by using the Big Sur icon theme by yeyushengfan258. Similar to the GTK theme before, you will be able to install the icon theme with the handy commands listed below.

Proceed to clone the git to your home folder with the command given below:

git clone

Now go over to the icon folder by entering the command given below:

cd BigSur-icon-theme

Proceed to install the icon theme by using the given install script.


macOS icon and cursor theme for Ubuntu Linux

In Ubuntu Linux, you will find cursor themes in the very same folders as Icon themes. However, both of them are different entities. For macOS cursors, you can visit the KDE Store, download the zip file in the Files tab there, extract its contents, and finally put the extracted folder in the .icons folder in your Home folder.

Making Ubuntu resemble Mac with macOS Big Sur


Now that you have successfully installed the icon theme and the GTK theme and icon theme, you simply need to apply them now. For that, just follow the steps given below.

  • Start up the GNOME Tweak Tool.
  • Choose “Appearance” in the column on the left.
  • You should see options to choose themes for Applications, Cursors, Icons, and Shell in the Appearance portion. Proceed to click on the dropdown menus near Applications and choose any one of the WhiteSur themes in there.
  • Choose a Shell theme, likewise.
  • Choose BigSur from the dropdown menu for the Icons.
  • Choose McMojave-cursors, likewise, for cursors.

The chosen themes will be instantly applied when you choose them. Below are some images of the final result you would obtain after using method.

Congratulations! Your Ubuntu GNOME should closely resemble macOS 11 Big Sur now. We hope our guide helped you with this accomplishment. Now, check out our Windows Guides, Gaming Guides, Social Media Guides, iPhone, and Android Guides to find out more. However, if there are any queries or feedback, comment below with your name & email ID. We will try to reply soon. Moreover, subscribe to our YouTube Channel in order to watch awesome videos on gaming and smartphone tips and tricks. Thank you!

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