Ubuntu – How to get Mac style title bar buttons on Ubuntu gnome without changing rest of the theme


I have installed arc theme on Ubuntu gnome and I am loving it, but I have one more wish that is to change the close, minimize, maximize buttons' style to that of the Mac OS X Yosemite.

Like this: https://sixcolors.com/images/content/title-bar-edge.jpg

I want retain the rest of the theme and only change the title bar buttons.

Please do tell if there is a gnome extension to do so. Or is there a work around?

Thanks in advance..

Best Answer

First you will need to find a theme with the buttons you want and install that theme.

You can find many OS X themes at gnome-look, search gtk3 theme in the type and osx in the description, though I will recommend you, based on your question, this nice flat Yosemite theme (Developers screenshot).

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This should look really nice with the Arc theme, in my opinion.

Next install

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

When it is finished start this app from the launcher or


Browse to the Appearance section and you will see this

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Change the window theme to change your window declarations and gtk3 for the rest of the theme.

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