Top 20 Best Ubuntu Themes That Will Blow Your Mind

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There are lots of Best Ubuntu Themes available out there. But installing all the themes for testing and choosing the right one seems a bit tiring and time-consuming task. Moreover, you may not like the default Ubuntu theme which comes preinstalled. That’s why this article of Ubuntu Themes comes into picture which obviously let you help to choose the best Ubuntu theme for your Linux Desktop. So what to do to change the desktop environment into something amazing and pretty? Ubuntu Themes will help you to change the whole desktop environment and it’s really easy to use with little Terminal Commands and Tweak Tools configurations.

Don’t worry, I am here to help you. I am going to show you how to install all these attractive Ubuntu Themes and Icons on Unity, KDE environment and apply those into the system.

Top Best Ubuntu Themes

Though this article is primarily focused on only Ubuntu Themes, I will also show you how to install that specific Linux Themes onto other Linux distributions like Manjaro, Arch, Elementary OS, Linux Mint etc, if and only the Themes PPA support that Distributions.

Now let me proceed with the easy tutorial on Best Themes for Ubuntu which will definitely make your Linux Ubuntu Desktop more appealing and beautiful.

No more talks, Now let me proceed with the basic and fundamental steps How To Install Themes and Apply Those Into a system-wide.

1. Adapta

adapta_ubuntu_theme

If you have installed and considered Arc theme is good and nice looking theme and icon then I must say, you first install Adapta. And get astonished to the beauty of this magnificent icon theme. This icon theme is recommended by the various developer from Google and Disqus commenting community as one of the best and beautiful icon themes which are based on Google’s material design. There are total 4 variants and mostly comes with a dark theme. Adapta supports all the main desktop environment including Gnome, Gnome-flashback, Budgie-desktop, Unity 7, Cinnamon and so on.

  • Installation from PPA
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:tista/adapta -y
sudo apt update
sudo apt install adapta-gtk-theme
  • Installation from Source

Download

Download and unzip to your theme folder. This is usually /usr/share/themes.

2. Vertex

Install Vertex on Ubuntu Linux

Vertex theme is one of the best icon themes out there in the Linux community which is made by the same guy who has made arc icon theme. This theme mostly looks like realism version of the flat arc and focused on texture and shadow on UI. Vertex comes with total 3 variants including Vertex dark, dark headers and light and all the variants are beautiful and eye-catching. It supports all the major desktop environment including GTK 3, GTK 2, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon.

  • Install on Ubuntu and Other Derivatives
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Horst3180/xUbuntu_16.04/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vertex-theme.list"
sudo apt update
sudo apt install vertex-theme
  • Install on openSUSE

Support for Tumbleweed, Leap 42.1, and openSUSE 13.2. Run all commands as root to install.

Tumbleweed
zypper addrepo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:Horst3180/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/home:Horst3180.repo
zypper refresh
zypper install vertex-theme
Leap 42.1
zypper addrepo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:Horst3180/openSUSE_Leap_42.1/home:Horst3180.repo
zypper refresh
zypper install vertex-theme
openSUSE 13.2
zypper addrepo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:Horst3180/openSUSE_13.2/home:Horst3180.repo
zypper refresh
zypper install vertex-theme
  • Install on Fedora

Works on 24, 23, 22, and 21. Run the commands as root or it won’t work.

Fedora 24
dnf config-manager --add-repo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:Horst3180/Fedora_24/home:Horst3180.repo
dnf install vertex-theme
Fedora 23
dnf config-manager --add-repo http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:Horst3180/Fedora_23/home:Horst3180.repo
dnf install vertex-theme
Fedora 22
cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:Horst3180/Fedora_22/home:Horst3180.repo
yum install vertex-theme
Fedora 21
cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:Horst3180/Fedora_21/home:Horst3180.repo
yum install vertex-theme
  • Install on Debian 8.0
echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Horst3180/Debian_8.0/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vertex-theme.list
apt update
apt install vertex-theme
  • Install on Arch Linux

Arch users can install from AUR.

Download

3. Apple Arc OSX

Install Apple Arc on Ubuntu and Linux

If you like to make your Linux desktop looks like Mac then this theme could be the right choice for you. Apple Arc OSX offers many nice and eye-catching apple design including blurred top panel, transparent elements, and a different dock.

  • Install Apple Arc OSX

Download

4. Papirus Icon Theme

Papirus Icon Theme For Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Manjaro

The Papirus Icon Theme is amazing and nice looking theme. This theme has got inspiration from Sam Hewitt’s Paper theme. This theme supports both popular and new coming application icons. Mentionable supported popular apps are Firefox, Twitter, Thunderbird, steam, opera and much more, and Nocturn, Gmail, Cumulus, Gradio, Pithos are mentionable for new coming apps.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install papirus-gtk-icon-theme

SEE MORE: How to Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu / Arch Linux / Manjaro

5. Trevilla Theme

Trevilla Theme

Trevilla Theme looks like Windows Metro Style and developed by Ninorpanama. This theme comes with a various taste like Trevilla Dark, Trevilla White, Trevilla White Orange, Trevilla White Blue and also supports GTK 3 theme engine. You can install this theme and icons in all the Ubuntu versions, Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu-based distros.

  • Trevilla Icons
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install trevilla-icons
  • Trevilla Themes
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install trevilla-themes

SEE MORE: Install Trevilla Theme on Ubuntu and Linux Mint 

6. Paper Icons

Install Paper Icon Theme on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS

Paper Icon Theme is one of the popular and modern free Ubuntu themes. This theme is inspired and based on Google’s material design. But some aspect is adjusted for the best suite of the desktop environment. Paper icon theme demands at least GTK 3.16 for better integration. This theme comes with clean code and updates regularly via daily PPA. Paper icon theme supports all the version of Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Peppermint, Deepin and other Ubuntu-based systems.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/pulp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install paper-icon-theme paper-gtk-theme

SEE MORE: Install Paper Icon Theme on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Arch Linux and Much More

7. OSX Arc Theme (Dark and Light) and Icon

OSX-Arc-Shadow Theme, Available For Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, OpenSUSE and Other Linux Distributions

OSX Acr shadow theme is nice looking and flat modern theme which supports GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome Shell. It supports many desktop environments out of the box like Unity, Gnome, Pantheon, Budgie, XFCE, Mate, and so on. You can install this themes on all version of Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distros, Arch Linux and Arch Linux based distros, Elementary OS, Debian 8, Fedora 21-24, OpenSUSE. And all other distros based on these mentioned Linux platforms should not have any problem to install this icon theme.

  • Install Arc Theme on Ubuntu and Linux Mint:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install arc-theme
  • Install Arc Icon on Ubuntu and Linux Mint:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install arc-icons

SEE MORE: Install Arc Theme on Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Elementary OS/ Arch Linux/Fedora

8. Revival Icon Theme

Revival Icon Theme

Revival Icon Theme is one of the newest and regularly updated Ubuntu theme out there. This theme is in active development and inspired by Emerald icon theme about getting kind of gradient variation and mime types. Revival theme is an eye-candy stuff which gives a classic and sophisticated look of the Linux desktop. It can be installed on any Linux Distros by following manual download. It comes with three variations of blue, orange and mint green.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons2
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install revival-icons

SEE MORE: Install Revival Icon Theme on Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Elementary OS

9. Numix-Circle Icon Theme

Install Numix icon theme on Ubuntu

Numix icon theme is the outcome of Numix project which is well-known for making GTK themes for the Linux Desktop Environment. Few part of this theme is based on elementary, humanity and gnome icon themes. This theme provides an awesome desktop environment by its circle icons and it supports all the Linux variations like Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, and so on.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install numix-icon-theme

SEE MORE: Install Numix Circle Icon Theme on Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Fedora and Other Desktop Environment

10. Vivacious Colors GTK Theme

Vivacious Colors GTK Theme

Vivacious icon theme is one of the best modern and clean Ubuntu themes which is designed by the RAVEfinity open design team. This theme supports all the desktop environment which is based on GTK 3.16 and GTK 3.18. That means you can install it on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Arch, OpenSUSE, Debian Testing/Sid, and so on.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ravefinity-project/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vivacious-colors-gtk-dark
sudo apt-get install vivacious-colors-gtk-light

SEE MORE: Install Vivacious icon theme on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu-based derivatives

11. Ambiance & Radiance Flat Colors

Ambiance & Radiance Flat Colors

Ambiance and Radiance flat theme are one of the best and classic Ubuntu themes out there. It’s a re-imagination of  Ambiance & Radiance Color GTK 2/3 Themes, created by well know a developer RAVEfinity open design team. It offers full integration with all the modern desktop environment which is based on GTK2 and GTK 3.10 – 3.18+.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ravefinity-project/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ambiance-flat-colors
sudo apt-get install radiance-flat-colors

SEE MORE: Install Ambiance and Radiance Flat Colors GTK Themes on Debian / Ubuntu / Linux Mint and Elementary OS

12. Ivy Icon Themes

Ivy Icon Themes

Ivy Icon Theme is a classic one with lots of colorful and pixel perfect icons. This theme is a part of Hadera theme. So it’s easy to download and use in any Linux Desktop Environment.

Download

SEE MORE: Install Ivy Icon Theme on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Other Linux Desktop

13. La Capitaine Icon Theme

La Capitaine Icon Theme

This is basically an Icon theme for the modern Linux desktop environment. This Icon set is inspired by Mac OS X and Google’s material design. It’s based on scalable vector graphic. That makes it suitable for any screen size and ensures pixel perfect amazing look. This icon theme is regularly updated and you can always recommend the icon request to the developer.

Download

SEE MORE: Install La Capitaine Icon Theme on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

14. Inspire Icon Set

Inspire Icon Set

This icon set is used in Fero OS exclusively as an open source icon set. But now it’s available for everyone to use in the other Linux distros. It is completely separated from the OS. This icon set is mostly a mixture of flat and non-flat design but it ensures quality integration on the Linux system.

wget https://dl.opendesktop.org/api/files/download/id/1466934242/Inspire.tar.gz
sudo tar -xfz Inspire.tar.gz -C /usr/share/icons/

SEE MORE: Install Inspire Icon Set on Ubuntu and Other Linux Desktop

15. OS X El Capitan Theme

OS X El Capitan Theme

This theme is solely applicable for Ubuntu derivative system which means it can be installed and used on all version of Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS and other Ubuntu based distros. GTK 2 is required for smooth rendering on Gnome shell 3.18 and 3.20. Linux cinnamon desktop environment is also suitable with GTK 3. This icon theme is going under heavy development, so if you face any problem, let me know in the comment section.

Download

SEE MORE: Install OS X El Capitan Theme on Ubuntu

16. OSX Breeze Gnome Theme

OSX Breeze Gnome Theme

This theme is really nice looking and applicable for Gnome Shell with Gnome 3.18 minimum. It gives a taste of Mac OS X with the latest inclusion of top panel. This icon theme is highly optimized for GTK theme engine and rendering smoothly on Gnome shell environment.

Download Theme

SEE MORE: Install OSX-Breeze Gnome Theme on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

17. Moka Icon Theme

Moka Icon Theme

Moka theme is a marvelous and gem theme and of course one of the popular Ubuntu themes in the community. It’s being designed and maintained by the developer who brought ‘Arc GTK’ Themes.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moka/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install moka-icon-theme

18. Lexis

lexis_gnome_shell

Lexis is unique and simple shell theme out there. It makes the desktop panel empty and toolbars colored.

  • Install Lexis Theme from Source.

Download

19. Square 2.0 Icon Pack

Square 2.0 Icon Pack-wiredmahir.com
Square 2.0 Icon Pack

This icon pack is flat and square. You can try this one.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons2
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install square-icons

20. Masalla Icon Theme

masalla_icon_theme

This is one of the best vector graphics icon theme available. Masalla theme supports a huge list of variations like Ubuntu Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, KDE, Mate and so on. It comes with 15000+ icons including a wide range of folders, categories, Softwares, status, and mime-types.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install masalla-icon-theme

SEE MORE: Install Masalla Icon Theme on Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Other Ubuntu Derivatives

After installing all the above best themes for Ubuntu, you can change the setting through Ubuntu Gnome Tweak Tools or Unity Tweak Tools or follow the instruction on how to install themes on any Linux Desktop Environment.

Which One Did You Like Most?

Did you like this Ubuntu Themes list? Did I miss any other beautiful and amazing modern Ubuntu Themes and icons to enlist here? Let me know in the comment section and I will be adding those in the list as soon as possible.

Recommended Post: 8 Best Linux Themes and Icons: How To Install Those on Linux Desktop

All Ubuntu themes mentioned here are fully tested and verified from the original source. But if you face any problem during or after installation, please let me or you can contact the original developer for further assistance.

One Last Thing…

I hope you will be liking the short list of best themes for Ubuntu. Let me know if I missed anyone which mentionable in this list. Moreover, if you face any problem, let me know in the comment section.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Cool curation of themes but you made a mistake with OSX Arc Dark: This theme is hosted on gnome-look.org and your how-to points to it’s Arc theme root. (it’s a fork and way different, more mac-ish than Arc)

    • Thanks. Yes, It would be better if I could add theme preview but on the other hand the content load time will be increased a lot. I am going to add all the themes here in one article with the link of detailed single theme which will be supported by theme preview. Thanks once again.

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