Unity Tweak Tool: The Best Tweak Tool For Ubuntu? May Be Not!

Tweak tools have always been in demand considering how much Linux users prefer to experiment with the looks of their desktop. Ubuntu has several tweak tools that are potent enough to do a lot of changes to Unity interface. My Unity and Ubuntu Tweak are such honourable names in the tweak world of Ubuntu. But the kingdom of these tools might be at stake with the arrival of Unity Tweak Tool, deemed by many as the best tweak tool Unity could ever have.

Install Unity Tweak Tool in Ubuntu 12.10:

Open the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following commands one by one to install Unity Tweak Tool:

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

To un-install the Unity Tweak Tool, remove the PPA.

Hits and Misses:

First thing you’ll notice about Unity Tweak Tool is that it has a neat interface that gives a quick access to different aspects (system and appearance) of Unity to tweak. It practically gives you all there is to tweak. From Unity launcher to theme, icons, folders, cursor, fonts, desktop etc. This is the USP of Unity Tweak Tool.

Ubuntu Unity Tweak Tool

Now coming on to the missing stuffs from Unity Tweak Tool. Where is the Save/OK and Apply button? There is none. You just click on it and it is saved automatically. When I tried it, most of its functions were not working. For example I tried to change the theme by adding a new theme. The click on the plus button got no response at all. There were couple of more such hiccups where click on the buttons met with no reponse.


It’s a nice tool. Not too resource heavy. It gives you option to tweak almost all the aspects of system and appearance. But, based on my experience, I won’t term it as the best Ubuntu tweak tool out there. Seems that it is still in beta mode. It does have to cover a few more miles and looking at its potential, I am sure it will. And when it matures up, I would like to see it in official Ubuntu repository instead of installing it from a PPA.