How to install themes with GNOME tweak tool?
I have been using the default Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity for some time now and decided to start customizing it.
I have already been able to make some changes with the gnome-tweak-tool. However, there are many themes that I get from
gnome-look.orgthat don't appear in the gnome-tweak-tool even after putting them in the
Any idea why this is happening? Thanks.
Have you placed the Themes correctly? i.e. Theme_Name>Gtk 2,3 metacity-1 folders.
i have confirmed that i am copying the files for the right destination folder. but in /usr/share/themes, i have around 60 folders and on the gnome-tweak-tool i get very little themes
Which themes aren't working?, try moving them to your home folder see if that works.
@nunos - please add links to the themes you have downloaded to confirm that you have been trying to install GTK+3/Gnome-3 compatible themes.
How to install themes in Ubuntu:
When you download a theme for Ubuntu this come compressed into a
.tar.gzfile almost always. What you have to do is:
- Run the terminal Ctrl+Alt+T
cd ~ && mkdir .themes
This command will create a
.themesfolder in your personal folder. The dot is necessary
cp files_path ~/.themes
files_pathwith the directory where are your zipped files. This command copy the compressed files into this folder.
cd ~/.themes && tar xvzf PACKAGENAME.tar.gz
PACKAGENAMEwith the name of the file. This command will unzip the theme file into the new folder.
Finally will appears the tweak window (similar as the following) and you'll see the themes that you've previously copy in the themes folder and will be able to choice them!
For future themes, omit the second step
I had the same problem when placing themes in
/usr/share/themes. You need to make sure the permissions are set correctly.
Right click on the folder of your theme and select properties, go to the permissions tab and set it like this:
Now go back to gnome tweak tool and your theme should be there. Alternatively, you could create
~/.themeand put your theme in there.
I installed a few themes from gnome-look.org
The site uses a special URL scheme. The URL handler comes in a package named
ocs-url. Here are the instructions for installing the URL handler on linux-apps.com.
However, the installation method described on this site has an issue: it marks the dependencies as manually installed.
Therefore I recommend the following method instead.
My method will ensure that, when you uninstall ocs-url, its dependencies will be automatically uninstalled as well.
First download the
ocs-urlDebian package, then (filename and directory name might differ):
cd ~/Downloads sudo dpkg -i ocs-url_3.1.0-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb sudo apt-get install --fix-broken
Once this is done, all you have to do is click on install links on gnome-look.org and them click "OK" and the themes will be installed in
Restart the Tweaks tool and your new themes should be available.
Tested on Debian.
Do I need to restart only after installing the deb file or each time I have to restart after installing new themes? Btw this works perfectly on my Ubuntu 18.4