Monday, June 18, 2012

[HOW TO] Install desktop themes in Xubuntu

There're three categories of themes: Gtk themes (that control how the window contents is themed), Window title bar themes (known as xfwm4 themes in Xfce/Xubuntu) and icon themes.

Desktop theme example in Xubuntu
Xubuntu 12.04 customized with the 'Bluebird' Gtk and xfwm4 themes and 'Faenza' icon theme

How to install themes

Depending on the category of theme you're installing, extract the theme to one of the following locations:

  • Gtk and xfwm4 themes: ~/.themes
  • Icon themes: ~/.icons

Hint: If you're running Xfce 4.10 you can drag-and-drop the *.tar.gz file containing the theme in the dialog for changing the theme.

Where to get themes

11 comments:

  1. Muchas gracias por tu trabajo y por los links ;)

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  2. I went into one of the links you posted and successfully downloaded one of the themes...I just don't know where to put it and extract it so I could install the theme (I'm just new to xubuntu)


    Thank you in advance for your reply/...

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    1. Open your home folder with Thunar and hit Ctrl+H. This will show hidden files; their names start with a period. Extract the themes to .themes and the icons to .icons.

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  3. what if there is no .themes folder?

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    1. Just create it. Don't forget the "."

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    2. its not working, still not showing up in settiings/appearance/style

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    3. May I ask which theme are you trying to install?

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  4. never mind i got one working, thank you

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