How To Make Linux Mint Look Like macOS

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How To Make Linux Mint Look Like macOS

This is a modified excerpt, based on the article How to Make Linux Mint Look Like Windows 7, on the OMG! Ubuntu! website, written by Joey Sneddon.

This will help you switch from the Mint-Y-Dark theme, created by the Linux Mint team…

… to one of the macOS themes, created by the B00merang Project.

macOS Theme on Linux Mint

For a macOS theme on Linux Mint that looks accurate, we can turn to the design team at the B00merang Project.

Download the macOS GTK Theme

They have created a competent copy of the macOS UI for the Cinnamon desktop (the theme will work on other desktops as well, with varying results).

Assuming you are running a recent version of Linux Mint (or a different distribution with the Cinnamon desktop installed), your first step is to download the following macOS theme pack:

Download the macOS Catalina Theme Pack

NOTE: Before clicking Save, rename the file from macOS-Catalina-master.zip to macOS-Catalina-master-Theme-Pack.zip. A little later, you will download an Icon Set zip file with the same name as this file. It will overwrite this file if you don’t rename it before saving.

Let the zip file download completely. Using your file manager, find the macOS-Catalina-master-Theme-Pack.zip file that you just received, probably in your Downloads folder. Using the mouse, right-click on the file. A menu will appear. Left-click Extract Here. A macOS-Catalina-master folder will appear.

Open another file manager window. In the second window, open the Home folder. You must have two windows open. One in Downloads and the other in Home.

Inside Home, you should have a .themes folder. To view (or hide) hidden “point files”, you must press Ctrl+H. Open the .themes folder.

Don’t see a .themes folder inside your Home folder? Go ahead and create one, just remember to include the period at the beginning of the folder name and keep it lowercase. Open the .themes folder.

Inside the Downloads folder, using the mouse, right-click on the extracted folder macOS-Catalina-master. A menu will appear. Left click on Cut. Then, inside the .themes folder, right click on an empty space. A menu will appear. Left click on Paste to install the macOS Theme Pack. Close the Downloads folder and the .themes folder.

Linux Mint makes it very easy to change theme. Open the Mint Menu. On your keyboard, type Themes and then press Enter. Configure the macOS-Catalina-master theme for Windows borders, Controls, and Desktop. After that, close the Themes configuration window.

Download the macOS X Lion Icon Set

To help complete the look of macOS, you should use one of the macOS Icon Sets that B00merang Artwork provides:

Download the macOS X Lion Icon Set

NOTE: Before clicking Save, rename the file from Mac-OS-X-Lion-master.zip to Mac-OS-X-Lion-master-Icon-Set.zip.

Let the zip file download completely. Using your file manager, locate the file you got, Mac-OS-X-Lion-master-Icon-Set.zip, probably in your Downloads folder. Using the mouse, right click on the file. A menu will appear. Left click Extract Here. A Mac-OS-X-Lion-master folder will appear.

Open another file manager window. In the second window, open the Home folder. You must have two windows open. One in Downloads and the other in Home.

Inside Home, you should have an .icons folder. To view (or hide) hidden “point files”, you must press Ctrl+H. Open the .icons folder.

Don’t see an .icons folder inside your Home folder? Go ahead and create one, just remember to include the period at the beginning of the folder name and keep it lowercase. Open the .icons folder.

Inside the Downloads folder, using the mouse, right click on the extracted folder Mac-OS-X-Lion-master. A menu will appear. Left click on Cut. Then, inside the .icons folder, right click on an empty space. A menu will appear. Left click Paste to install the macOS Icon Set. Close the Downloads folder and the .icons folder.

Open the Mint Menu. On your keyboard, type Themes and then press Enter. Set the Mac-OS-X-Lion-master theme for Icons. After that, close the Themes configuration window.

Using the file manager, go to the Home folder. Using the mouse, left click on an empty space. On the keyboard, press the Ctrl+H keys to hide the “point folders” and the “point files”.

Final touches – Download a macOS Wallpaper and a Start Button icon

Finally, to seal the deal, you’ll want to download a nice, high-quality version of the macOS Catalina wallpaper to set as your desktop background.

Download the macOS Catalina Wallpaper

NOTE: Using the mouse, right click on the link. A menu will appear. Left click on Save link as… Save the file macos-catalina-mountains-wwdc-2019-2560×1440-1.jpg in your Downloads folder.

Use your file manager to find the downloaded wallpaper image macos-catalina-mountains-wwdc-2019-2560×1440-1.jpg, probably in your Downloads folder. When you see the image, use the mouse to right click on top of it. A menu will open. Left click on Set as Wallpaper… Close the Downloads folder.

Now, download the macOS Menu Button Icon, which will be used for the Linux Mint Menu Button.

Download the macOS Start Button Icon in black

NOTE: Using the mouse, right click on the link. A menu will appear. Left-click on Save link as …. Save the macos-icon-black-512×512-1.png file to your Downloads folder.

Using the mouse, right click on the Linux Mint Menu. A menu will appear. Left click on Configure… The Menu settings window will appear. Under Appearance, click on the switch to turn on the option Use a custom icon and label. Three other options will appear. In the Icon section, left click on the Icon to the right. The Choose an icon window will appear. Left click on the Browse button at the top right. In the Select image file window, left click on Downloads. Find the macos-icon-black-512×512-1.png file that you previously downloaded. Double click on that file. You will see the icon for macos-icon-black-512×512-1.png. Double click on that icon.

If you want the macOS Start Button icon to be Blue, download using the following link:

Download the macOS Start Button Icon in Blue

NOTE: Using the mouse, right click on the link. A menu will appear. Left click on Save link as… Save the macos-icon-blue-512×512-1.png file to your Downloads folder.

Using the mouse, right click on the Linux Mint Menu. A menu will appear. Left click on Configure… The Menu settings window will appear. Under Appearance, click on the switch to turn on the option Use a custom icon and label. Three other options will appear. In the Icon section, left click on the Icon to the right. A Choose an icon window will appear. Left click on the Browse button at the top right. In the Select image file window, left click on Downloads. Find the macos-icon-blue-512×512-1.png file that you previously downloaded. Double click on that file. You will see the icon for macos-icon-blue-512×512-1.png. Double click on that icon.

There you have it; a safe and secure Linux Mint system that looks a lot like macOS but, mercifully, isn’t macOS!

Thanks to the B00merang Project, you can download the macOS theme, and many other themes, and apply them to Linux Mint.

Desktop Themes by B00merang Project on GitHub.

Icon Artwork by B00merang Artwork on GitHub.

If you want to switch to Linux Mint and need help to make it look like macOS, you may contact me and I will gladly help you, according to my schedule in the calendar.

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