Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.6 released with Desktop Recovery!

I’m proud to announce the latest version of Ubuntu Tweak was released today, coming with a brand new feature: Desktop Recovery, which help you backup your desktop setting.

This is a milestone for the three years of Ubuntu Tweak release cycle. For the first time, Ubuntu Tweak starts to help you make the Ubuntu Desktop stronger.

Let’s check out how Desktop Recovery works to make  Ubuntu life easier than ever.

As a Ubuntu user, you always get excited when you see something new in Ubuntu world. You install new applications, new themes, new applets…After tons of time spent on them, you may make lots of damages to the desktop,  and you don’t even know how to recover to the original ones.

That’s what the Desktop Recovery helps you.

Desktop Recovery is a tool integrated into Ubuntu Tweak to help you guys tweak with desktop settings safely, and never feel worried that you can’t go back.

It has three basic functions:

  • Backup: backup the current settings, as many as you want;
  • Recover: recover to your backups;
  • Reset: even if you don’t have any backups, you can also reset to the default settings;

Desktop Recovery can backup stuffs as follow:

  • GNOME Desktop settings: Panel, Themes, Background;
  • Application settings using GConf: gedit, Compiz, Empathy, Nautilus…You know, almost every desktop applications in GNOME;
  • System components: Input method (ibus), network-manager, proxy…

That’s to say, Desktop Recovery covers almost everything of desktop/applications.

ONE THING YOU MUST KNOW: it will operate with the setting only, not the files related to the setting. E.G. It will backup the setting about the background names, but not the real background files.

Here are some screenshots I wanna show to you.

Desktop Recovery comes with an easy-to-use interface, it has three categories of settings to backup: Desktop, Applications and System.

When you select on category, you can backup all the sub-settings at once, of course you can also backup the individual setting by selecting it.

Desktop Recovery supports unlimited backup items and the backup history can be listed. You can rename, or delete it.

Let’s start from a real-world case.

My desktop panel is broken as below like this, how can it go back to recover it? It’s quick and easy!

Open Ubuntu Tweak, enter the Desktop Recovery, select the “Applications”->”panel”. Even I haven’t  backed up before, I can still press “Reset” to go back.

After resetting, you should re-logout and login, finally, the original desktop has came back!

How do you like this feature?

Besides the Desktop Recovery, now almost all options in Ubuntu Tweak respectively are followed by a “Reset Button” to revert to the original default value.

Even if you don’t know how to use it, the tool-tip will tell you the default value, then all you just need to do is click it.

OK, that’s all. I hope you like it.


The package in the Ubuntu Tweak source is now available, and you can also download the package by using the link below:



All the backups will be saved under: ~/.config/ubuntu-tweak/desktoprecovery/

So you can do anything you want about easily to save these files, or sync them with Ubuntu One.


43 thoughts on “Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.6 released with Desktop Recovery!

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  2. Hello,

    thank you very much for this update!
    In my opinion “Ubuntu Tweak” is the greatest App for Ubuntu!!! You’re making many people happy!


    Please keep on working! I have translated some strings to German, thats my contribution to this great Projekt.

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  4. So great !

    Where are those backup stored ? Can it be usefull to save it (for a new installation of the system for example) ?

  5. Hi
    where do I find ~/.config/ubuntu-tweak/desktoprecovery/ in the file system? I have backed up, but am having probs lcating it. Thanks – this is an excellent feature

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  10. Hello,

    I’d like to test the recovery tool but I don’t have the “Desktop Recovery” tab in my menu, so as “session control” and “login setting”. I use the package found in your download sub part.

    Any idea what’s going on?

    thanks for your work!

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  15. Hello

    it would be nice to have a function that would enable / configure the framebuffer mode on the basis of our material because that kind of task can be complicated sometimes.

    Keep it up, this program is excellent:)

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  17. I have installed UT on Ubuntu netbook edition (lucid) and it does not have neither Desktop recovery feature, nor compiz setings… but when I load Gnome session, all those features are OK…
    Is that a UNE specific, or just some kind of a bug??

  18. My problem is somewhat similar to Latra’s. Installed Tweak on Lucid, everything was there except for the desktop settings i.e. no compiz, no desktop recovery, etc. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling but to no avail. Suggestions are much welcomed. Thanks.

  19. The backups can be found in /home/???/.config/ubuntu-tweak/desktoprecovery. Don’t forget to turn on the “Show Hidden Files” option in Nautilus or you won’t see the .config folder.

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  22. Thanks for this excellent app!
    Recently, I switched to KDE but I continue to use your program.
    Problem is that in the latest update, Ubuntu tweak does not launch on KDE…

    I will file a bug report for this but nevertheless i would like to see the program to be adapted so to suit better to the KDE environment.
    If you have not the time for this, some one else(me?) has to find the time…

    Greetings and keep up the good work!

  23. Here is the message i got every-time i try to launch ubuntutweak from KDE:
    (and this happened recently since I did not have problems running this app from KDE…)
    “Distribution: Ubuntu 10.10
    Application: Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.6
    Desktop: kde

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/bin/ubuntu-tweak”, line 110, in
    launcher = TweakLauncher(session_bus, MainWindow())
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/ubuntutweak/mainwindow.py”, line 190, in __init__
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/ubuntutweak/mainwindow.py”, line 318, in update_model
    self.LOGO_COLUMN, MLOADER.get_pixbuf(module.__name__),
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/ubuntutweak/modules/__init__.py”, line 76, in get_pixbuf
    pixbuf = icon.get_from_name(module.__icon__, size=24)
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/ubuntutweak/utils/icon.py”, line 30, in get_from_name
    pixbuf = icontheme.load_icon(alter, size, 0)
    GError: Icon ‘gtk-execute’ not present in theme”

    I hope that this will be fixed soon…
    Thanks in advance and forgive me that I did not proceed the formal process to report this bug through the launchpad…

  24. For those trying to run on KDE and having problems if you check the introduction on the Ubuntu Tweak home page (not the blog) you will find that it says it is at present only designed for the Ubuntu Gnome desktop.

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