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
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 15:29
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    @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
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 14:48
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    @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
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 6:42
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    In U16.04LTS, doing this yields (at step 2): W: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ppa/ubuntu 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 http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ppa/ubuntu/dists/xenial/main/binary-amd64/Packages 404 Not Found E: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ppa/ubuntu/dists/xenial/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found...
    – user2413
    Commented May 14, 2016 at 10:45
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    @RezaTaba Ubuntu-Tweak is no longer maintained, as far as I'm aware. You should be using Gnome-Tweaks if you are on the Gnome Desktop.
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Jan 10, 2022 at 17:58

For Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

Follow this steps:

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

wget -q -O - http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu 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
  • Does it really work? It reports a depenency error
    – Anwar
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 11:29
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    This method worked fro Ubuntu Yakkey yak 16:10, thanks! Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 2:26
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    Did not work for 18.04. It appears that the key is not available: % wget -q -O - archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add - gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found. Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 21:20

For Ubuntu 11.10 still there isn't a stable version but you can download the alpha version form here https://launchpad.net/~tualatrix/+archive/next.

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

Source http://ubuntu-tweak.com/


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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    This does NOT work for Ubuntu Yakkey yak 16.10 Commented Nov 12, 2016 at 2:32
  • On Ubuntu 16.04 I get: The repository 'http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ppa/ubuntu xenial Release' does not have a Release file.
    – Chris
    Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 13:25

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
    Commented Sep 2, 2014 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
    Commented Sep 2, 2014 at 12:51
  • I'd rather you take that question to chat, since it would be lot to cover in comments.
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Sep 2, 2014 at 16:02

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