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appmenu-qt Add appmenu-qt and appmenu-qt5 Oct 23, 2016
appmenu-qt5 Add appmenu-qt and appmenu-qt5 Oct 23, 2016
bamf-ubuntu *: Remove support for upstart Oct 29, 2016
compiz-ubuntu compiz-ubuntu: Update to version with Ubunt… Nov 26, 2016
dbus-activation-env dbus-activation-env: New package Oct 23, 2016
dee-qt dee-qt: Remove unneeded qtchooser build dependency Oct 8, 2016
dee-ubuntu dee-ubuntu: Fix misleading indentation gcc error Oct 8, 2016
frame frame: Update to version 2.5.0daily13.06.05+16.10.20160809 Oct 8, 2016
geis geis: dbus-core -> dbus Oct 8, 2016
glew-unity glew-unity: Needed as glewmx was dropped in glew 2.0 Aug 4, 2016
gnome-screensaver-ubuntu gnome-screensaver-ubuntu: Update to version 3.6.1 with Ubuntu release… Oct 8, 2016
gnome-session-ubuntu gnome-session-ubuntu: Update to version 3.22.1 with Ubuntu release 1u… Nov 26, 2016
gnome-settings-daemon-ubuntu gnome-settings-daemon-ubuntu: Update to version 3.22.1 with Ubuntu re… Oct 23, 2016
grail grail: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
gsettings-desktop-schemas-ubuntu gsettings-desktop-schemas-ubuntu: Update to version 3.22.0+1+g6f52ab5… Oct 28, 2016
gsettings-qt gsettings-qt: Remove unneeded gsettings-qt dependency Oct 8, 2016
gsettings-ubuntu-schemas gsettings-ubuntu-schemas: Update to version 0.0.7+16.10.20160809 Oct 8, 2016
gtk2-ubuntu gtk2-ubuntu: Update to version 2.24.31 with Ubuntu release 1ubuntu1 Nov 26, 2016
gtk3-ubuntu gtk3-ubuntu: Update to version 3.22.4 with Ubuntu release 1ubuntu2 (f… Jan 6, 2017
hud hud: Update to version 14.10+17.04.20161026 Oct 28, 2016
ido ido: Update to version 13.10.0+17.04.20161028 Nov 26, 2016
indicator-application indicator-application: Update to version 12.10.1+17.04.20161028 Nov 26, 2016
indicator-appmenu indicator-appmenu; Track yakkety repo Oct 9, 2016
indicator-datetime indicator-datetime: Update to version 15.10+17.04.20161116.1 Nov 26, 2016
indicator-keyboard *: Remove support for upstart Oct 29, 2016
indicator-messages *: Remove support for upstart Oct 29, 2016
indicator-power *: Remove support for upstart Oct 29, 2016
indicator-printers *: Remove support for upstart Oct 29, 2016
indicator-session indicator-session: Update to version 12.10.5+17.04.20161114 Nov 26, 2016
indicator-sound *: Remove support for upstart Oct 29, 2016
libappindicator libappindicator: Update to version 12.10.1+16.10.20160905 Oct 8, 2016
libcolumbus libcolumbus: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
libdbusmenu-ubuntu libdbusmenu-ubuntu: Update to version 16.04.1+16.10.20160927.2 Oct 8, 2016
libgeonames libgeonames: Update to version 0.2+16.04.20160426 with Ubuntu release… Jul 22, 2016
libindicate-qt libindicate-qt: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
libindicate libindicate: Skip building mono bindings temporarily Nov 27, 2016
libindicator libindicator: Update to version 16.10.0+16.10.20160913 Oct 8, 2016
libtimezonemap libtimezonemap: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
libunity-misc libunity-misc: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
libunity libunity: Update to version 7.1.4+16.10.20160516 with Ubuntu release … Aug 3, 2016
libzeitgeist libzeitgeist: Added package May 14, 2016
lightdm-ubuntu lightdm-ubuntu: Update to version 1.21.1 with Ubuntu release 0ubuntu2 Nov 26, 2016
lightdm-unity-greeter lightdm-unity-greeter: Update to version Oct 9, 2016
nautilus-ubuntu nautilus-ubuntu: Fix git tag Jan 6, 2017
network-manager-applet-ubuntu network-manager-applet-ubuntu: Update to version 1.4.2 with Ubuntu ve… Oct 23, 2016
nux nux: Update to version 4.0.8+17.04.20161107 Nov 26, 2016
overlay-scrollbar overlay-scrollbar: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
properties-cpp properties-cpp: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
systemd systemd: Temporary package until systemd 232 is released Oct 23, 2016
unity-api unity-api: Update to version 7.119+16.10.20160909 Oct 8, 2016
unity-asset-pool unity-asset-pool: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
unity-control-center unity-control-center: Update to version 15.04.0+16.10.20161003.1 Oct 8, 2016
unity-gtk-module *: Remove support for upstart Oct 29, 2016
unity-language-packs unity-language-packs: 16.10 update 2 Oct 23, 2016
unity-lens-applications unity-lens-applications: Update to version 7.1.0+16.10.20160927 Oct 9, 2016
unity-lens-files unity-lens-files: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
unity-lens-music unity-lens-music: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
unity-lens-photos unity-lens-photos: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
unity-lens-video unity-scope-home: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
unity-scope-home unity-scope-home: Track yakkety repo Oct 8, 2016
unity-scopes unity-scope: Update to allow packaging non-standard scopes Oct 9, 2016
unity-settings-daemon *: Remove support for upstart Oct 29, 2016
unity unity: Update to version 7.5.0+17.04.20161111.1 with Ubuntu release 0… Nov 26, 2016
zeitgeist-ubuntu zeitgeist-ubuntu: Update to version 0.9.16 with Ubuntu release 0ubuntu5 Oct 8, 2016
.gitignore .gitignore: Add .tar Jan 6, 2017 metacity-ubuntu: Removed: no longer needed Nov 26, 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 Cleanup Oct 23, 2016
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.


  • 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
systemd System and service manager
dbus-activation-env Push session env vars to dbus/systemd
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
appmenu-qt Global menus support for Qt4
appmenu-qt5 Global menus support for Qt5
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
glew-unity The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library
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