Install Unity Tweak Tool in Ubuntu

January 21, 2013 by
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

The Unity Desktop Shell for GNOME 3 on Ubuntu Linux has created a lot of controversy in the desktop Linux world. Some users love the new forward looking vision of Unity while others long for a more traditional desktop layout. One of the criticisms of Unity has been its lack of configuration settings. While many configuration settings have been added to Unity since the initial release, most of them remain hidden from regular users. That's where the Unity Tweak Tool comes in. It provides GUI access to many of Unity's hidden settings and collects them together under one convenient application. 

Install Unity Tweak Tool

The Unity Tweak Tool is developed by the Freyja Development Team and they have provided a package archive on At the time of this writing, there is only a PPA for the daily builds of  Unity Tweak Tool. The easiest way to set up the PPA is from the command line, so open up a terminal window and enter the following command.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:freyja-dev/unity-tweak-tool-daily

Add Unity Tweak Tool PPA


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After entering your password at the prompt, press [ENTER] if prompted to continue with adding the PPA to your sources list. Next you need to update your package list.

sudo apt-get update

Now you can install Unity Tweak Tool with

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Launch Unity Tweak Tool

Now that it's installed, you can find it in the Unity Dash.

Dash - Unity Tweak Tool


Once it's launched, this is what you should see.

Unity Tweak Tool Main Menu


Now, I could go though all of the various settings you can adjust with Unity Tweak Tool, but it's easier to just take a look at the menus for yourself. Take a look at the Unity Tweak Tool screenshots to see what it has to offer.

Unity Tweak Tool is a great addition to Ubuntu. Hopefully Canonical will see the value of this wonderful software and include it by default in future releases of Ubuntu.

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One Response to “Install Unity Tweak Tool in Ubuntu”

  1. Agent Smith says:

    mmm I get an error... Can anyone help me?

    sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package unity-tweak-tool

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