Is it possible to change the background opacity of the Unity Launcher?

Transparent Background

I see you can change the panel opacity, but then the launcher clashes with the panel.


From the terminal, you can use:

gsettings get org.compiz.unityshell:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/ launcher-opacity

to get the current value for launcher opacity and

gsettings set org.compiz.unityshell:/org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/ launcher-opacity X

to set the launcher opacity to X. X must be between 0 and 1.

P:S This way is preferred over any other method that used dconf directly.

See also:

  • worked on 16.04 – ibrahim Nov 4 '19 at 12:34

For 11.10 and 12.04

There's an option to do this in ccsm:

Screenshot of ccsm with launcher opacity setting




If you're running 13.10 you can use Unity Tweak Tool.

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool  

Open the "Launcher" category, from there you can use the "Transparency level" slider to adjust the launcher's transparency.

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You can also change the launcher's color.

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    This does not remove the transparency once the dash is open. Works only on the launcher bar. (at least on 16.04) – shyam Oct 20 '16 at 9:15


You can use unity-df (a patched launcher)

Unity-df gives you options to change launcher's color and transparency AND it lets you place launcher at any place you want it.

Download Links

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  • I'm getting this error when I attempt to install it. "Error: Breaks existing package 'unity' that conflict: 'netbook-launcher'. But the '/home/alex/Desktop/unity-df_0.2.47-0ubuntu5_amd64.deb' provides it via: 'indicator-renderer,netbook-launcher'" – aboutros Apr 2 '11 at 23:10
  • @Alaukik Forgot to link your name when replying to you. See my other comment. – aboutros Apr 3 '11 at 12:46
  • @Spacecraft i have not made this you should try and contact artem on twitter (twitter.com/artemeas) – Lincity Apr 3 '11 at 13:22
  • @Alaukik Artem told me on twitter that he is not the developer of this package. – aboutros Apr 13 '11 at 16:41
  • The original source is tehnoblog.net/2011/04/… If Google gets the translation right it's a april fool hoax. – Florian Diesch Apr 13 '11 at 18:33

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