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I have heard a lot about Ubuntu-Tweak and how it is great for power users, but I don't know how to install it.

How do I do that?

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Home screen
The Ubuntu-Tweak Home screen


Installing Ubuntu-Tweak is rather simple and easy. Follow these simple steps, and you will have Ubuntu-Tweak installed, and be on your way to tweaking Ubuntu to your liking.

For 12.10 and Earlier:


  1. Add the PPA:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

  2. Update your sources. (Steps are listed below. Chose the method that fits your scenario):

    Ubuntu Software Center:

    • Ubuntu Software Center will run this step automatically after adding the PPA.


    • Refresh your sources.

    From the command line (terminal):

    • Run sudo apt-get update
  3. Now to install Ubuntu-Tweak:

    Ubuntu Software Center/Synaptic:

    • Search for Ubuntu-tweak, then click install.

    Command-Line (Terminal):

    • sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

The Admin panel

The Tweaks panel

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why isnt ubuntu tweak not available in official repositories? Is it safe to trust a ppa that it wont have malware code? – balki Jun 13 '12 at 15:29
@balki it's a risk, a small one at that, but it is very unlikely for a project like Ubuntu-Tweak to have malware in the PPA. The main reason why Ubuntu-Tweak is not in the repositories, is because it has to be approved - by real people - and they don't always agree with the developer's decisions. – RolandiXor Jun 14 '12 at 14:48
@balki: That is a very fair concern. But remember PPAs that are hosted on Launchpad (the ones you add with add-apt-repository) must contain source code, and also comply with Ubuntu's Code of Conduct. So if you suspect of anything malicious, download the source and inspect it. And for popular projects like Ubuntu Tweak, I bet its source code was scrutinized by many people already. So a PPA is much "safer" than a third party .deb binary repository. – MestreLion Apr 9 '13 at 6:42
I agree with @MestreLion that it helps to have the source available, and to have a Launchpad build the binaries from that source, so this is much better than a binary repo. But there is no independent process for reviewing whatever is uploaded by the ppa owners or whoever gets their credentials, and the fact that it is a ppa rather than part of Ubuntu is evidence that the ppa owners haven't managed (or in some cases they haven't tried) to persuade the Ubuntu developers that the package is worthy. So caution is absolutely advised. The packages can totally screw up or own your machine. – nealmcb May 17 '15 at 14:09
In U16.04LTS, doing this yields (at step 2): W: The repository ' xenial Release' does not have a Release file. N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use. N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details. E: Failed to fetch‌​kages 404 Not Found E: Failed to fetch‌​ages 404 Not Found... – user2413 May 14 at 10:45

To install follow the following steps:

Open the terminal. Add the required repository with the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

Update the software list with the command:

sudo apt-get update

Finally, install Ubuntu Teak with the command:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

After that, open dash and type "ubuntu tweak".

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For Ubuntu 11.10 still there isn't a stable version but you can download the alpha version form here

You have to add the ppa and install the software, using this terminal command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/next && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak


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For Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

Follow this steps:

1.setup the GetDeb Apps repositories - more information on GetDeb Apps:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

2.Update your sources:

sudo apt-get update

3.Install Ubuntu tweak tool:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
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The method worked for me after trying the answers posted @Videonauth – daumie Jun 4 at 0:09

I have just installed Ubuntu Tweaks by downloading the current Debian package for version 0.8.7, for 14.04 trusty, right clicking on it and selecting to open with Ubuntu Software Centre. This is obviously the simplest solution but I found out about it myself by accident. I can find no reference to this method on the internet.

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This is indeed the most simple, but not the most preferable. The reason I've provided the PPA method is because it ensures updates. – RolandiXor Sep 2 '14 at 4:06
Thank you for pointing that out, I don't have full understanding of ppa. How does one know what kind of software is better installed with ppa? – benawhile Sep 2 '14 at 12:51
I'd rather you take that question to chat, since it would be lot to cover in comments. – RolandiXor Sep 2 '14 at 16:02

Adding PPA did not worked (404) for 15.10 so I went to official website and simply downloaded the deb, that did the job.

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