Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[HOW TO] Install AwOken icon theme in Xubuntu

Updated: 14/05/2013. Version 2.5 released and available via PPA up to Raring (13.04).

AwOken is a icon theme for Linux that is very well designed and allows plenty customization. The theme can be further personalized; the package comes with some scripts that help you to easily choose one of the 46 available folder types and more. There are three main variants: AwOken Clear, AwOken Dark and AwOken White.

Bellow you'll find instructions to install and customize AwOken. There are two installation processes: manual and using PPA. If you which to get automatic updates, you should choose the PPA method.

Install AwOken (PPA)

Open a terminal window and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alecive/antigone -y && \
sudo apt-get update && \
sudo apt-get install awoken-icon-theme -y

Install AwOken (Manual)

Open a terminal window and run (please let me now if something goes wrong; I chose to include the download as a command and I'm afraid the URL might change in the future, but for now the instructions are as automatic as possible):

wget -O awoken.zip http://goo.gl/DeCgI && \
unzip -x awoken.zip  && \
cd AwOken-2.5/ && \
test ! -d ~/.icons && mkdir ~/.icons || true && \
for f in $(ls *.tar.gz); do tar -xf $f; done && \
mv AwOken*/ ~/.icons/ && \
cd ~/.icons/ && \
sudo cp -p AwOken/awoken-icon-theme-customization /usr/bin && \
sudo cp -p AwOken/awoken-icon-theme-customization-clear /usr/bin && \
sudo cp -p AwOkenDark/awoken-icon-theme-customization-dark /usr/bin && \
sudo cp -p AwOkenWhite/awoken-icon-theme-customization-white /usr/bin \
rm -rf ~/AwOken-2.5/ ~/awoken.zip

Customize AwOken

AwOken can be customized using the awoken-icon-theme-customization script provided in the package. Just run this on a terminal window or use Alt+F2:

AwOken Customization
AwOken Customization

The customization process is pretty simple, just follow the instructions.


After installing and customizing AwOken it can be finally set as the icon theme using Xfce's Appearance Settings.

Uninstall AwOken (PPA)

Open a terminal window and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alecive/antigone -r -y && \
sudo apt-get remove awoken-icon-theme -y

Uninstall AwOken (Manual)

Open a terminal window and run:

rm -rf ~/.icons/AwOken*/ && \
sudo rm AwOken/ /usr/bin/awoken-icon-theme-customization*


AwOken by *alecive on deviantART


  1. Hi, I'm a ubuntu newbie. I tried to implement your post, but I think I messed up somewhere along the way and my front-end is all messed. How can I reset to the original install? Thx. Cheers

    1. Well, it kind of depends on what you've mean by messed, but if it's related to the Xfce Desktop you could try removing the /home/YOUR_USER/.config/xfce directory and them log out/log in (hit ctrl+h in the file manager to show the hidden files).

      If you need further assistance, show me a screenshot so I can figure out what you mean by "front-end all messed".

  2. Thanks Wilson. Removing the directory did it. I like the default gui more than the changed one suggested in this tutorial. Playing with "eye candy" is so easy. lol. Btw, I enjoy your postings on xubuntu. A lot of very helpful tutorials and tips.

  3. great theme icons - thanks!

  4. Is it still working?
    azm@azm-Satellite-L855D:~$ wget -O awoken.zip http://goo.gl/wWSPS
    --2013-05-12 18:12:34-- http://goo.gl/wWSPS
    Resolving goo.gl (goo.gl)...,,, ...
    Connecting to goo.gl (goo.gl)||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
    Location: http://www.deviantart.com/download/163570862/awoken_by_alecive-d2pdw32.zip [following]
    --2013-05-12 18:12:34-- http://www.deviantart.com/download/163570862/awoken_by_alecive-d2pdw32.zip
    Resolving www.deviantart.com (www.deviantart.com)...
    Connecting to www.deviantart.com (www.deviantart.com)||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
    2013-05-12 18:12:34 ERROR 404: Not Found.

    1. Awoken got updated to version 2.5 and the link to version 2.4 doesn't exist anymore. This article was fixed/updated. Awoken 2.5 is also available via PPA. Thanks!

    2. Wow! Thank you. Really dresses things up a bit!