Install / Change Mouse Cursor Theme, Size in Ubuntu 12.04 / 12.10

This simple tutorial is going to show you how to install and change the mouse cursor theme in Ubuntu 12.10 & 12.04 in graphical way.

G Alternatives is a graphical front-end to the update-alternatives, here I’ll use it to install & change the cursor theme.

To get started

Hit Ctrl+Alt+T, copy and paste this command into terminal and hit enter. It outputs a list of available cursor themes in Ubuntu repository:

apt-cache search cursor-theme

You can search for and install these themes in Ubuntu Software Center.

You can also download X11 Mouse Themes from Just extract the downloaded packages to /home/USER/.icons folder.

To apply or change Mouse Cursor theme:

Search for and install Alternatives Configurator in Ubuntu Software Center.

Then open it from the Unity dash. As you see in the picture, scroll down to choose x-cursor-theme, then choose a theme. You can also manually add a cursor theme to the list by type in the PATH-TO-CURSOR.THEME file.

Finally, install Dconf Editor in Ubuntu Software Center. Open it and navigate to org.gnome.desktop.interface, change the cursor size and cursor theme.



  1. BourneShell says:

    This tutorial doesn’t resolve the issue of changing the size of the pointer. Compiz won’t let it be set to 48px in most windows and somehow makes it stuck on 24px.

  2. Daniel Harvison says:

    Look, as far as I’m concerned, if a fix for changing mouse pointers doesn’t allow me to change the pointer theme on the fly, and have it apply right away, then it’s not adequate. I don’t see why that’s so hard under Unity?

  3. cmcanulty says:

    This is just dumb to make it so hard I have google everything and still on certain apps or even if I go up to the panel my cursor reverts from large black to small white

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