What is Unsettings?

Unsettings is a graphical configuration program for the Unity desktop environment that lets you change some oft the Unity settings.

Unsettings can only change your users’s settings, you can’t use it to change global settings or do anything else that needs root privileges.

You can use Unsettings to change the themes for GTK, window manager, icons and cursors. But it doesn’t support the installation of new themes.

With Unsettings you can switch off the global menu and the overlay scrollbars used in Unity.

In addition to just applying the settings Unsettings lets you to save your settings into and load from a text file (JSON format) so you can easily backup you settings or copy them to a different account.



Unsettings is beta software. It works for me and a lot of other users but may still have some bugs. Use it at your own risk.

If you find a bug in Unsettings have have an idea how Unsettings could be improved please report it at the bugtracker at Launchpad so that I can have a look at it. Thank you.


Unsettings is beeing developed on Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” and additionally tested on Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” and Ubuntu 12.04 “Precise Pangolin”.

Alle software packages needed by Unsettings are installed by default on Ubuntu.


For bug reports or feature requests please use the bugtracker at Launchpad

Have a look at the project page at Launchpad , too.


If you want to help to translate Unsettings to other languages go to the translation page at Launchpad.

To see the list of people who contributed to the translatiosn you are using go to Help –> About –> Credits in Unsettings.

Thanks to all contributors! You really rock!


You can use Unsettings under the conditions of GPL v3 or later.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/


Unsettings is available from the PPA (“Personal Package Archive”) ppa:diesch/testing for Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” and Ubuntu 12.04 “Precise Pangolin”. If you add this PPA to your software sources Ubuntu’s Update manager will automatically install newer versions of Unsettings when they are available.

Depending on how busy the Launchpad build servers are it may take a few hours for the PPA to get new packages after a release.

If you don’t know how to do this see this explanation.

If you rather want to download the files manually here they are:

File Size Modified MD5
unsettings_0.08ubuntu1_all.deb 91.6 KByte 2012-10-28 22:04 b9ff11d6fb133a29f54c36bcfaea2835
unsettings-0.08.tar.gz 109.2 KByte 2012-10-28 22:04 6af98b098569e876ec7cf9d3ddde7531

Source code

The source code is available from the Bazaar repository at Lauchpad