How to install bigger (or prettier) mouse cursors on Linux Mint Cinnamon

So, this turned out to be not as easy as I’d like, especially for Mint, but here’s a quick HOWTO and two related bugs.

  1. Visit the somewhat unpromising-appearing for all sorts of bells and whistles which may or may not work with Cinnamon on Linux Mint; however, mouse cursors (“X11 Mouse Themes” as they are called on should work.
  2. Obsidian X11 mouse cursor theme image

    Obsidian X11 mouse cursor theme

    Pick and download a theme. I wanted BIGGER mouse cursors – unfindable mouse pointers are the bane of tons of screen real estate and small default cursors; nothing to do with my age and eyesight – so I downloaded the Obsidian Cursors 1.0 theme, but there are tons of choices.

  3. You’ll get a .bz2 file; uncompress it and you will find two folders and an “index.theme” file.  Here’s where the above-mentioned bugs come in; sadly, you can’t yet in Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” just right-click that file and install the theme. :(
  4. Create the directory ~/.icons if it does not exist. In the shell, this can be accomplished by running mkdir -p ~/.icons
  5. Move the directory containing your downloaded cursor theme to ~/.icons.  In my case, I did mv ~/Downloads/Obsidian ~/.icons
  6. Go to Menu > System Tools > System Settings > Themes > Other Settings > Mouse Pointer. You should now be able to choose Obsidian. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like the pointers are scalable at this time, but it’s there!

If you are really looking for BIGGER mouse pointers in Linux Mint and don’t like Obsidian – and the jury’s still out for me – there is a theme called “Aero Mouse Cursors with Drop Shadow” which contains a set of extra-large cursors that you can try.



  1. Posted 15 January 2014 at 07:21 | Permalink | Reply

    I followed your instructions and tried both. I really liked “Aero Mouse Cursors with Drop Shadow” and am using it now. That helped so much, thanks a lot!

    • Posted 22 January 2014 at 18:19 | Permalink | Reply

      Most welcome! I’m glad my program of making posts about little fixes to help the 3 people who’ll need it in the future is working! :)

  2. Mark Smidky
    Posted 3 July 2014 at 16:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks a LOT. My once perfect eyesight would strain under the default Mint Cinnamon cursor. I, too, liked “Aero Mouse Cursors with Drop Shadow”. Perfect!

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