I have done some customization to my desktop but I am really stumped on trying to figure out how to make my own mouse cursor by taking a png and editing it and then making it an x11 file.

I have gotten all the files I need and made them all, in fact the cursor (its a star trek logo) shows up in the gnome tools advanced setting as star-trek-cursor, but when I go into the command line to use sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme, it does not show up in the list anywhere to set it.

I have tried making a .theme file where all the other X11 cursors are located, but no luck so I figured I would see if anyone else out there has had luck with this.


This and this video tutorial might help you making cursor theme.

To change cursor theme, Go to software center and install Unity tweak tool. Open it, select cursors and select the cursor that you like.

  • thanks for the reply, are you able to use this software to create a custom cursor? – user252692 Feb 26 '14 at 22:04
  • Honestly, I'm not sure. There are several cursors you can choose. Try finding icons of these cursors in the folder when the program is installed and modifying them. – Dusan Milosevic Feb 26 '14 at 22:08
  • I did change my cursor to an oxy-viorange already, however I am determined to figure how to make my own cursor, I know there is a way I just need to find it. my only problem is that I am not sure how to get the file to show up in the terminal so I can set it – user252692 Feb 26 '14 at 22:11
  • Try this and this(part2). If it works please mark this as answered. – Dusan Milosevic Feb 26 '14 at 22:21
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    @DusanMilosevic This is not what OP asked. They asked how to make cursor theme and you answered how to select a cursor theme! – Anwar Sep 12 '16 at 9:34

Try running this command in a Terminal Window let me know if this helps :)

sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme

(..) Choose the cursor number that you would like to use (..) exit terminal (..) log out (..) log back in ;)

  • Thank you for the reply, I have tried running this command in the terminal but the mouse cursor I designed does not show up, I was trying to take an image and save it as a png and then use it for my cursor, I have the files for it all made, how ever I can not seem to find a way to choose the image file that I have created, it alows me to choose it as a cursor in my advanced settings but it will not show up in the terminal when I run the sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme command – user252692 Feb 26 '14 at 22:02

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