Ubuntu: Install Compiz Config Settings Manager to Configure Desktop Effects

Compiz-Fusion adds some very sexy desktop effects to Ubuntu. To easily customize these effects, it is vital to use the Compiz Config Setting Manager. Here’s how to install this great utilitiy:


1. Open a terminal window.

2. Execute the following command:sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-manager

To open the Settings Manager, click System, mouseover Preferences and select Advanced Desktop Effects Settings. You will be presented with a large selection of effects to choose from.

 

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42 Responses to “Ubuntu: Install Compiz Config Settings Manager to Configure Desktop Effects”

  1. November 06, 2008 at 11:53 am, vaitheez said:

    Thanks….

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  2. December 31, 2008 at 9:42 am, joe said:

    i love you

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  3. January 31, 2009 at 10:54 am, sergiu said:

    THX

    Reply

  4. February 08, 2009 at 11:20 am, laxy said:

    root@laxy-laptop:/home/laxy# sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-manager
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Reading extended state information
    Initializing package states… Done
    Building tag database… Done
    Couldn’t find any package whose name or description matched “compizconfig-settings-manager”
    Couldn’t find any package whose name or description matched “compizconfig-settings-manager////////////////////////////////////////////WHY///////////////////////////
    No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
    0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Reading extended state information
    Initializing package states… Done
    Building tag database… Done

    Reply

    • July 03, 2010 at 3:36 pm, Program to Win said:

      try sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager

      Reply

      • September 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm, Junior said:

        Thanks!

        Reply

  5. May 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm, sageb1 said:

    what do you need to do to stop compiz from interfering with the screen using the config file.here’s my file contents:[general]integration = truebackend = ini[gnome_session]integration = truebackend = gconf[kde_session]integration = truebackend = kconfig# /etc/compizconfig/config (file 1 of 1) (END)do i replace integration=true with integration=false ?

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  6. June 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm, fraiold said:

    I can not find Advanced Desktop Effects Settings!
    You can help me? please?

    Reply

  7. July 05, 2009 at 1:05 pm, UFC 100 Live Stream said:

    this one also works:
    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

    Reply

  8. July 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm, Josh Patton said:

    Thanks for this, I couldn’t remember what the package was.

    Reply

  9. August 18, 2009 at 4:29 am, Anonymous said:

    after finished this package can’t display it.display error massage can’t display desktop driver’s how to solve this problem

    Reply

  10. December 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm, Anonymous said:

    I dont know how to install it. What can I do?
    What is the procedure. Where I have to put the comand “sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-manager”. I dont know where to find this comand to execute it.

    Reply

    • January 14, 2010 at 12:27 am, Name said:

      It tells you: open up a terminal window, and enter this in. If you don’t even know what terminal does, is Linux really the right operating system for you?

      Reply

      • January 14, 2010 at 6:21 am, Anonymous said:

        When i execute comand sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-manager it
        find nothing.

        Reply

  11. January 09, 2010 at 12:52 am, Anonymous said:

    Thank You soooo Much.

    Reply

  12. January 09, 2010 at 12:54 am, Anonymous said:

    Thank You so much for this.

    Reply

  13. January 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm, psion0027 said:

    its not doing the cool effects when i enable them, do i hafta logout or restart?

    Reply

  14. February 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm, Anonymous said:

    Here’s what I’m getting in terminal:

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package compizconfig-settings-manager
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

    what am I doing wrong? I am running Ubuntu 9.10

    Reply

    • February 22, 2010 at 5:19 am, Anonymous said:

      k so i just installed a buncha apps and games an’ stuff and i was testing some of them out and the whole thing froze up i couldnt even get the mouse to move and i tried all the keyboard tricks i knew so i just hit the restart button on the pc and when it id everything was working all my effects and my awn i dont know what it did but its all good… but sadly my hard drive went out so imma get a new one and hopefully get it right the first time

      Reply

    • July 03, 2010 at 3:37 pm, Program to Win said:

      you need to type
      sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager

      Reply

  15. March 06, 2010 at 4:05 am, Sune Mangs said:

    So worthless. “klick a button”. Why is this the top google hit?

    Reply

  16. April 13, 2010 at 3:09 am, Anonymous said:

    i run the given code in terminal and it worked out too i cant find advanced desktop setting in preferences to edit compiz manually….what shall i do ???

    Reply

  17. June 09, 2010 at 5:45 am, 681ankit said:

    Is tere anyting wich work on windows os?

    Reply

  18. June 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm, Ismyhill said:

    I still can find Advance Desktop effect setting on my Ubuntu, pls is there any command to bring it out or to get it installed on my system?

    Reply

  19. August 23, 2010 at 2:40 am, Skystarbalaji said:

    its really cool buddy

    Reply

  20. November 03, 2010 at 7:26 pm, Cipi_boss_2006 said:

    I don’t have the burning effect and some others effects. How can I enable those effects? I have CCM but I didn’t have the “effects add-on” . How can I install that add-on?

    Reply

  21. December 30, 2010 at 7:54 am, Fanyiconnect said:

    i canot install ccsm in softcenter

    Reply

  22. December 30, 2010 at 7:57 am, Fanyiconnect said:

    i have typed
    sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager
    but cannt install why

    Reply

  23. March 31, 2011 at 12:49 am, H1r0Sh1mA said:

    if you guys – cant find *Advance Desktop effect setting* try to look for *CompizConfig Settings Manager*

    Reply

  24. July 11, 2011 at 8:35 am, Rano said:

    I can’t install any packages, i install Ubuntu 11.04 inside windows, but not use Virtual.
    Here’s the message:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information… Done
    Package compizconfig-settings-manager is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘compizconfig-settings-manager’ has no installation candidate

    Reply

  25. July 15, 2011 at 9:19 am, Lancedfr said:

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-managerworked for me in 11.04

    Reply

  26. August 08, 2011 at 2:45 pm, Andre Philippe said:

    Thank you very much!

    Reply

  27. December 13, 2011 at 10:40 am, Harrison said:

    To find it after install go Dash Home then use the search feature and type the name then launch it.

    Reply

  28. February 20, 2012 at 7:27 am, ashley101justin said:

    what is a terminal window? i’m only 11.

    Reply

  29. February 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm, David Kirk said:

    ashley101justin: Nothing wrong with being 11 and asking questions! The original author of this article is not with us anymore, but I’ll try to help.

    In the old days of computers, we didn’t have the ability to point and click at our commands. We typed in our commands. In all computer operating systems, you can do advanced tasks by typing commands into a “terminal.” The terminal window is just an application where the user is allowed to type in these commands.

    The terminal applications in all operating systems look about the same. Here’s a picture of the terminal application in OS X.

    http://media.tech-recipes.com/rx_images/osx/leopard/leopard_terminal_tabs_1.png

    If you are running the default desktop environment, you should be able to find the terminal by searching from the dash. If you are running Gnome, you should be able to find the terminal through the following method.

    Applications menu -> Accessories -> Terminal

    You can break stuff by hacking away in the terminal; however, nobody can really successfully run Ubuntu without mastering the terminal. We wish you the best of luck. I wish I was more of a Ubuntu master or I would walk you through the entire process. Best of luck.

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  30. February 21, 2012 at 3:10 am, daniel said:

    Thank u!!!!!!!!!!! i love ubuntu

    Reply

  31. February 21, 2012 at 5:12 am, Anyoks said:

    denn@denn-HP-620:/$ sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package compizconfig-settings-manager is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘compizconfig-settings-manager’ has no installation candidate
    denn@denn-HP-620:/$ sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-manager
    sudo: aptitude: command not found
    denn@denn-HP-620:/$ ^C
    denn@denn-HP-620:/$

    Reply

  32. May 14, 2012 at 5:15 am, willtell said:

    When I try to run the command ‘sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-manager’ the computer responds with ‘sudo: aptitude: command not found’

    how do i get around this ?

    Reply

  33. June 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm, JG said:

    Instead of aptitude, you can use apt-get:

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

    (aptitude is an alternative package manager which some people prefer. You can get it by doing
    sudo apt-get install aptitude)

    Reply

  34. July 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm, mumin said:

    thanks

    Reply

  35. April 15, 2013 at 1:19 am, Nikola said:

    hello,

    funny question from my side: how can i save changes made by compiz? cannot see any “save” button or something….

    thank you in advance!

    Reply

  36. March 24, 2014 at 12:51 am, Kyli Rouge said:

    > aptitude
    Autocorrect getcha? x3

    Reply

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