Make Your Linux Desktop Look Like a Mac with Mac4Lin

Mac4Lin is a complete package for Linux desktops to make them look like a Mac.

Mac4Lin is a free download that is a package of skins, wallpapers, icons and interface refinements with an automated installation script. It not only transforms your Gnome desktop to look like a Mac but also provides interface tweaks to popular apps like Firefox, Songbird, Thunderbird, etc.

Mac4Lin Features


Mac4Lin v1.0 sports these new features

  • Fully supports GNOME 2.26 and backwards compatible
  • Improved support for GlobalMenu, support integrated in the default GTK theme
  • Better native Xfce support
  • Icon additions
  • Statusbar is now fixed
  • New progress bars
  • New tabs
  • Improved installation and uninstallation scripts
  • Integrates well with Globus
  • Finer UI refinements
  • Metacity theme now supports different button sizes
  • Firefox 3 themes are now updated
  • Songbird plugins included
  • Pidgin AWN 64bit plugin now included
  • Fonts are now consolidated
  • Transparent top panel
  • GDM theme is now in-line with Mac OS X login window
  • Cairo dock is the default recommended dock

Download Mac4Lin

I use Kubuntu 9.0.4 and hope Mac4Lin supporting KDE4 will be available soon. It would be really awesome to use one.

[news & image via Phoenix]

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8 Responses to “Make Your Linux Desktop Look Like a Mac with Mac4Lin”

  1. Ber2 June 16, 2009 at 6:08 am #

    Thanks for the sharing. i will try it.

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  2. R48 June 16, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    This is great information, using gnome desktop and look like Mac with the same interface that I have, I really looking forward on it… thanks…

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  3. Andreas June 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    aha! Now I know my bro’s secret.I asked him few weeks ago how did he convert the look of his desktop into Mac-like interface but he refused to tell me. I will surprise him later 🙂

  4. infra_red_dude June 24, 2009 at 12:52 am #

    I’m very happy to announce that Mac4Lin has been declared as one of the finalists at Community Awards 2009 in the Best Visual Design category. The final phase of voting began today and will run till July 20th 2009. Please vote for Mac4Lin, if you feel it deserves to be voted. To vote click on this image:

    Optionally, you can also click on the first box in the right frame on my blog ( You do not need to login id. All you need is a valid email id. Each vote is associated with an email id, which needs confirmation that you actually voted (you will get an email giving a confirmation link, so all you need to do is click it). The whole voting process takes just 3 clicks.

    I urge patrons to vote for Mac4Lin if they feel it should win. Mac4Lin is completing with projects like Xbox Media Center (XBMC) etc. I once again thank everyone for their continued support, feedback and appreciation. Mac4Lin exists today because of you all 🙂 Do spread the word around about this.

  5. K June 24, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Thanks for the heads up and a big congratulations for getting selected! It is very well deserved and I hope you win. I have put in my votes in all categories and was heart warmed to see some my favorite projects have been nominated in various categories.

    Good luck! 🙂

  6. hashofer July 7, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    Hey people. Thank you for sharing Gcbr I must try it

  7. Alistair October 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    Dont bother with this one – the sites often offline and it needs a password to login to the livecd and there is no password given – time waster.


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