How to Install Emerald Window Decorator on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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Emerald Window Decorator is a custom window decorator shipped with Compiz Fusion that allows for change theme and full composite window decorations with the use of engines. Emerald also allows for all sorts of different configurations and layouts of buttons, look, title bars and frames. Emerald Window Decorator is completely independent of any Desktop enivornment, and you specify your own themes to use for it. The Decoration plugin must be enabled in order for Emerald Window Decorator to function.

Emerald is awesome window decorator. Since ubuntu 11.10 oneiric ocelot Emerald window decorator is not available in official Ubuntu Software repositories so you can not install it easily. On ubuntu 12.04 you can install emerald theme manager via source, just follow these guidelines to install and run Emerald window decorator in Ubuntu 12.04

Step-by-Step Install Emerald on Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 13

Step 1. Open terminal then install all the required dependencies and CompizConfig Settings Manager

sudo apt-get install git autoconf libtool libwnck1.0-cil-dev libwnck-dev intltool libdecoration0-dev gawk

Install CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM)

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-main

Step 2. Download latest emerald source tarball (emerald-0.9.5.tar.gz) then compile and install it on your Ubuntu 12.04

tar -zxvf emerald-0.9.5.tar.gz
cd emerald-0.9.5
./ && make clean && make distclean && ./configure --prefix=/usr && make && sudo make install

Step 3. Run CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM) to integrate Emerald with Compiz, from unity dash type “ccsm”. Navigate to effects – window decartoration, Change the command parameters “/usr/bin/compiz-decorator” to “/usr/bin/emerald“.

CompizConfig Settings Manager - change parameter window decorator

How to Add emerald theme
Download emerald theme : wind_emerald_theme

Extract emerald theme

install Emerald Theme - ubuntu 12.04

Open Emerald theme manager – import – select emerald theme (*.emerald) – open

import emerald theme-ubuntu 12.04


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