How to install MacOS theme and Icons in Manjaro XFCE

Enjoy shiny Mac OS theme on your current Manjaro XFCE installation

When it comes to elegant looking operating systems, unarguably, Apple’s Mac OS is one of the top contenders. You can make your Manjaro look like MacOS in a few simple steps.

Manjaro is a beautiful looking Linux distribution based on Arch Linux distribution. It comes in 3 flavors, including the GNOME, KDE, and the lightest XFCE. You can further revamp your Manjaro PC by applying themes. Let’s take a look at how to install the McOS Theme in the Manjaro XFCE.

Installing macOS Theme in Manjaro XFCE

One of the best features in the XFCE is the ease with which eye candies can be installed. Here are the steps needed:

Step 1) Download macOS Theme for Manjaro XFCE from the below link. Your downloaded file should look something like McOS-XFCE-Edition-II-1.tar.xz.

Download macOS Theme

Step 2) Extract the content.

Extracting Theme Contents
Extracting Theme Contents

Step 3) Open the “Home” directory. Click “View” and select “Show Hidden Files.”

Enabling Show Hidden Files
Enabling Show Hidden Files

Step 4) Create a new folder and name it as .themes.

Create folder to store the themes
Create the folder .themes to store the themes

Step 5) Copy and paste the McOS-XFCE-Edition-II-1 folder into the .themes.

Saving the theme folder
Saving the theme folder

Step 6) Launch the “Appearance” app and select the “McOS-XFCE-Edition-II-1”. You should immediately see the shiny new theme in action!

Appearance App
Appearance App

Step 7) Open the “Window Manager” app and similarly select the new theme.

Window Manager
Window Manager

If needed, you can change the button layout to show the control buttons on the left. Click and drag the buttons in the “Button layout” section.

Installing Mac OS X Icons in Manjaro XFCE

Now that you have the themes and the windows manager updated to the new Mac OS look, all you need are some juicy Mac OS X icons. macOS Sierra package is a community-developed free icons package inspired by Mac OS X. Here is how to install it.

Step 1) Download the Mac OS X icon package from the below link and extract the content.

Download macOS Sierra Icon Theme

Step 2) Create a folder named .icons  in the “Home” directory.

Step 3) Copy and paste the icon folder into the “Home” directory.

Step 4) Open the “Appearance” app and click the “Icons” tab. Select the style “macOS Sierra.”

MacOS Sierra Icon Activation
macOS Sierra Icon Activation

That’s it! You should see the shiny new icons activated.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I tried this theme on my Manjaro XFCE 18 edition and was really impressed. In addition, tried several available “global menu/top menu” add-ons from the Arch and AUR repositories, but didn’t work well (and dropped the idea of having a top menu bar). I’m using Cairo dock with this theme.
    Also, I was wondering if this theme might as well work on Manjaro MATE 18 edition, if you have possibly tried, though!

  2. Thank you for operating this page. I tend to use Ubuntu Server 19.1 as my daily driver on the Raspberry Pi 4. I look forward to being able to theme it as a Mac very soon. I convert a lot of Mac and Windows users to Ubuntu. This theme seems to intimidate them the least. They are almost always able to begin operating it with little or no instruction; and these users are typically elderly, technically challenged and skittish about computers. To me that speaks volumes for Ubuntu and for Mac Transformation Packs. After I finalize the configuration on my Pi4 I intend to aim it at the RV and tiny home market, where they can connect to a tv for a display and save a little space. I also want to push it out to anyone who could not otherwise afford a computer.

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