Skip to content
Porting Ubuntu's Unity Shell to Arch Linux
Shell Python Other
Failed to load latest commit information.
bamf-ubuntu bamf-ubuntu: Update to version 0.5.3~bzr0+16.04.20160415 May 14, 2016
compiz-ubuntu compiz-ubuntu: Update to version with Ubuntu … May 13, 2016
dee-qt dee-qt: Reformat PKGBUILD Jan 25, 2016
dee-ubuntu dee-ubuntu: Reformat PKGBUILD Jan 25, 2016
frame frame: Fix vercheck typo May 13, 2016
geis geis: Update to version 2.2.17+16.04.20160126 May 13, 2016
gnome-screensaver-ubuntu gnome-screensaver-ubuntu: Fix libsystem pkgconfig dependency May 13, 2016
gnome-session-ubuntu gnome-session-ubuntu: Remove Unity session files May 14, 2016
gnome-settings-daemon-ubuntu gnome-settings-daemon-ubuntu: Update to version 3.20.1 with PPA relea… May 13, 2016
grail grail: Update to version 3.1.0+16.04.20160125 May 13, 2016
gsettings-desktop-schemas-ubuntu gsettings-desktop-schemas-ubuntu: Revert removal of scroll-method key May 14, 2016
gsettings-qt gsettings-qt: Update to version 0.1+16.04.20160329 May 13, 2016
gsettings-ubuntu-schemas gsettings-ubuntu-schemas: New package May 14, 2016
gtk2-ubuntu gtk2-ubuntu: Update to version 2.24.30 with Ubuntu release 1ubuntu1 May 13, 2016
gtk3-ubuntu gtk3-ubuntu: Update to version 3.20.4 with PPA release 0ubuntu1~xenial0 May 13, 2016
hud hud: Update to version 14.10+16.04.20160415 May 13, 2016
ido ido: Update to version 13.10.0+15.10.20151002 Jan 25, 2016
indicator-application indicator-application: Update lib{app,}indicator3 dependencies May 13, 2016
indicator-appmenu indicator-appmenu: Use hooks and update lib{app,}indicator3 dependencies May 13, 2016
indicator-datetime indicator-datetime: Requires gsettings-ubuntu-schemas May 14, 2016
indicator-keyboard indicator-keyboard: Use libalpm hooks May 13, 2016
indicator-messages indicator-messages: Use hooks and update libindicator3 -> libindicato… May 13, 2016
indicator-power indicator-power: Use libalpm hooks May 13, 2016
indicator-printers indicator-printers: Update to version 0.1.7+15.04.20150220 with Ubunt… May 13, 2016
indicator-session indicator-session: Update to version 12.10.5+16.04.20160412 May 13, 2016
indicator-sound indicator-sound: Requires gsettings-ubuntu-schemas May 14, 2016
libappindicator libappindicator: Rename packages to libappindicator-gtk{2,3} May 13, 2016
libcolumbus libcolumbus: Update to version 1.1.0+15.10.20150806 Jan 25, 2016
libdbusmenu-ubuntu libdbusmenu-ubuntu: Update to version 12.10.3+16.04.20160223.1 May 13, 2016
libgeonames libgeonames: Update to version 0.2+16.04.20160321 with Ubuntu release… May 13, 2016
libindicate-qt libindicate-qt: Reformat PKGBUILD Jan 25, 2016
libindicate libindicate: Fix build with new versions of mono Jan 25, 2016
libindicator libindicator: Rename packages to libindicator-gtk{2,3} May 13, 2016
libtimezonemap libtimezonemap: Update to version 0.4.5 Jan 25, 2016
libunity-misc libunity-misc: Reformat PKGBUILD Jan 25, 2016
libunity libunity: Remove .install file now that we have libalpm hooks May 13, 2016
libzeitgeist libzeitgeist: Added package May 13, 2016
lightdm-ubuntu lightdm-ubuntu: Update to version 1.19.0 with Ubuntu release 0ubuntu1 May 13, 2016
lightdm-unity-greeter lightdm-unity-greeter: Update to version 16.04.2 with Ubuntu release … May 13, 2016
nautilus-ubuntu nautilus-ubuntu: Update to version 3.18.4 with Ubuntu release 0ubuntu1 Jan 25, 2016
network-manager-applet-ubuntu network-manager-applet-ubuntu: Update to version 1.2.2 with Ubuntu ve… May 13, 2016
nux nux: Update to version 4.0.8+16.04.20160209 May 13, 2016
overlay-scrollbar overlay-scrollbar: Update to use libalpm hooks May 13, 2016
properties-cpp properties-cpp: Reformat PKGBUILD Jan 25, 2016
unity-api unity-api: Update to version 7.108+16.04.20160322 May 14, 2016
unity-asset-pool unity-asset-pool: Reformat PKGBUILD Jan 25, 2016
unity-control-center unity-control-center: Update to version 15.04.0+16.04.20160413 May 13, 2016
unity-gtk-module unity-gtk-module: Track xenial repos Jan 25, 2016
unity-language-packs ubuntu-language-packs: Update to 16.04 langpacks May 14, 2016
unity-lens-applications unity-lens-applications: Update to version 7.1.0+16.04.20160217.2 May 13, 2016
unity-lens-files unity-lens-files: Use libalpm hooks May 13, 2016
unity-lens-music unity-lens-music: Use libgee instead of libgee06 May 13, 2016
unity-lens-photos unity-lens-photos: Reformat PKGBUILD Jan 25, 2016
unity-lens-video unity-lens-video: Update to version 0.3.15+16.04.20160212.1 May 13, 2016
unity-scope-home unity-scope-home: Update to version 6.8.2+16.04.20160212.1 May 13, 2016
unity-scopes unity-scopes: Use libalpm hooks May 13, 2016
unity-settings-daemon unity-settings-daemon: Update to verison 15.04.1+16.04.20160209 May 13, 2016
unity unity: Clean up PKGBUILD May 14, 2016
zeitgeist-ubuntu zeitgeist-ubuntu: Update to version 0.9.16 with Ubuntu release 0ubuntu4 May 13, 2016
.gitignore [.gitignore] Ignore tar.Z archives Nov 3, 2013 gsettings-ubuntu-schemas: New package May 15, 2016
What_can_I_update?.py What_can_I_update?.py: Add missing newline May 1, 2015 []: Fix issue #189: If pyalpm is not installed, a… Mar 15, 2015 [] Don't build in /tmp/ because of systemd's securi… May 1, 2015
repo-make.conf update repo-make.conf (taken from Mar 21, 2015 Update to support Xenial repos May 14, 2016

Build Status


This project is a port of the Ubuntu Unity desktop and most of its features to Arch Linux. Please see the Arch Wiki for more information.

Installation from binary repositories

The packages in this repo are automatically built by my Jenkins server whenever a commit is made. To use these packages, just add the following to /etc/pacman.conf:

SigLevel = Optional TrustAll
Server =$repo/$arch

SigLevel = Optional TrustAll
Server =$repo/$arch


  • thn81
  • L42y
  • City-Busz
  • All of the other AUR maintainers that helped make it possible to run Unity under Arch Linux

Compiling from source

Please make sure you don't already have modified versions of the dependencies installed. For example, gtk3-ubuntu might fail to compile if there's a modified version of gtk3 already installed.

Packages ending with "-ubuntu" contain Ubuntu patches and REPLACE Arch Linux versions of those packages.

To compile from source, just build all of the packages in the following order:

Package Description
gtk2-ubuntu GTK toolkit 2.0 with Ubuntu's patches
gtk3-ubuntu GTK toolkit 3.0 with Ubuntu's patches
libdbusmenu-ubuntu Library for passing menus over DBus
ido Widgets and objects used for indicators
libindicator Symbols and functions for indicators
libindicate Libraries to raise 'flags' on DBus
libindicate-qt Qt 4 bindings for libindicate
libappindicator Library to export menu bar to Unity
unity-gtk-module Application menu module for GTK+
dee-ubuntu Model to synchronize instances over DBus
libunity Library for integrating with Unity
libunity-misc Differently licensed stuff for Unity
indicator-messages Collects messages that need a response
bamf-ubuntu Application matching framework
libtimezonemap GTK+3 timezone map widget
gsettings-desktop-schemas-ubuntu Shared GSettings schemas for the desktop
gsettings-ubuntu-schemas GSettings desktop-wide schemas for Ubuntu
gnome-settings-daemon-ubuntu Daemon handling the GNOME session settings
gnome-session-ubuntu GNOME Session Manager
gnome-screensaver-ubuntu GNOME screen saver and locker
unity-settings-daemon Daemon handling the Unity session settings
libgeonames Library for parsing local DB
unity-control-center Utilities to configure the Unity desktop
properties-cpp C++11 library providing properties/signals
lightdm-ubuntu Cross-desktop lightweight display manager
unity-api API for Unity shell integration
indicator-application Takes menus and puts them in the panel
indicator-appmenu Indicator to host the menus from apps
indicator-datetime Indicator to show the date and time
indicator-keyboard Indicator to show kb. layout/input method
indicator-power Indicator to show battery information
indicator-printers Indicator to show active print jobs
indicator-session Indicator for session management
indicator-sound Indicator to show a unified sound menu
gsettings-qt Library to access GSettings from Qt
dee-qt Qt5 bindings for dee
libcolumbus Small, fast, error tolerant matcher
hud Backend for the Unity HUD
network-manager-applet-ubuntu NetworkManager applet w/indicator support
overlay-scrollbar Overlay scrollbars for GTK+2 and GTK+3
frame Open Input Framework Frame Library
grail Gesture recognition and instantiation lib.
geis Implementation of the GEIS interface
nux An OpenGL toolkit for Unity
unity-asset-pool Design assets for Unity
nautilus-ubuntu File manager for GNOME and Unity
zeitgeist-ubuntu Service for logging user activities
libzeitgeist Zeitgeist client library
unity-lens-applications Unity lens for searching applications
unity-lens-files Unity lens for searching files
unity-lens-music Unity lens for searching music library
unity-lens-photos Unity lens for searching photos
unity-lens-video Unity lens for searching videos
unity-scope-home Unity lens for aggregating search results
unity-scopes Unity scopes for searching online sources
compiz-ubuntu Compositing window manager
lightdm-unity-greeter LightDM greeter for Unity
unity Desktop shell designed for efficiency
unity-language-packs Unity language packs


See the Arch wiki for more troubleshooting tips.

  • AHH! Something is wrong with Unity!

    Try resetting the settings for Unity and Compiz and relogin:

    rm -rvf ~/.cache/unity/
    rm -vf ~/.cache/unity-lens-video

    If something is still wrong, please file a bug report at either:




  • The global menu does not show up for Qt 4 applications.

    Just install appmenu-qt

Something went wrong with that request. Please try again.