Top 28 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.

Resource Link: Ubuntu Mac Theme: A Tutorial to Make Your Ubuntu Look Like Mac OS

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. 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

2. 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

3. 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 

4. Paper Icons Theme


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

5. 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

6. 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 in 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

7. 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 parts of this theme are based on elementary, humanity and gnome icon themes. This theme provides an awesome desktop environment with 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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 for 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. Square 2.0 Icon Pack


Square 2.0 Icon Pack
Square 2.0 Icon Pack|Image Credit- It’s F.O.S.S.

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

18. 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

19. Shadow Icon Theme


Shadow Icon Theme
Shadow Icon Theme-wiredmahir.com|Image Credit- It’s F.O.S.S.

Shadow icon theme comes with a flat icon and a bit shadow display. it gives a beautiful display of Ubuntu Unity.

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

20. Flat-Plat


Flat-Plat

Flat-Plat is another amazing theme made for Gnome environment. Did you hear about Adapta Theme? which is described above, is made on top of Flat-Plat and both of the themes use material design. This theme varies depending on various Gnome version, so before installing, you must be careful and download the correct one.

Download for Gnome 3.20  Download for Gnome 3.18  Download for Gnome 3.16

21. Xenlism Wildfire Icon Theme


Xenlism Wildfire Icon Theme
Xenlism Wildfire Icon Theme|Image Credit- It’s F.O.S.S.

Xenlism is more beautiful and vivid colored theme, which changes the Ubuntu into amazing Linux distro.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 90127F5B
echo "deb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/xenlism-wildfire/repo deb/" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xenlism-wildfire-icon-theme

22. Super Flat


Super Flat

When the super flat remix theme has come, it had lots of issues while applying. To resolve all those bugs, the developer brought an update which is called Super flat theme. It has brought lots of customization for the desktop alongside removing all the previous stability issue. Out of all the great features, shadows on the left panel is one of the best for mentioning. But it has one drawback that it comes only in shell theme, not for gtk theme engine.

  • Install Super Flat Source

Download

Download and unzip to your theme folder. This is usually /usr/share/themes and you can apply this as shell theme from Tweak Tools > Themes

23. Dalisha Icon Theme


Dalisha Icon Theme
Dalisha Icon Theme|Image Credit- It’s F.O.S.S.

Dalisha is another theme with beautifully circled and flat colored icons.

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

24. Elementary Add Icon Theme


Elementary Add Icon Theme

Elementary OS is well known and one of the beautiful Linux distros out there. This OS is based on Ubuntu distro. It uses many customs made icon set which is much beautiful and gives elegant look to the environment. Now you can use this pretty looking and custom made icon theme on your Linux desktop environment.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-add-team/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elementary-add-icon-theme

SEE MORE: Install Elementary OS Style Icon Theme on Ubuntu

25. Uniform Icon Theme


Uniform Icon Theme
Uniform Icon Theme|Image Credit- It’s F.O.S.S.

This icon theme is one of my favorite and one of the Ubuntu themes out there. You can have a try at it.

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

26. Oranchelo Icon Theme


Install Oranchelo icon theme on Ubuntu and Linux

There are lots of themes available in the Linux community based on material design and flat fab. Oranchelo icon theme is one of the well-looking and charming icon themes which is relatively new in this Linux theme area.

  • Install Oranchelo icon theme in Ubuntu and Linux Mint
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oranchelo/oranchelo-icon-theme
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oranchelo-icon-theme
  • If you want to uninstall then follow the following command
sudo apt-get remove oranchelo-icon-theme
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:oranchelo/oranchelo-icon-theme
  • For other distributions download from the GitHub repository

Oranchelo on GitHub

27. Adapta


adapta_ubuntu_theme
Image credit – www.devpy.me

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

Download

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

28. Vertex


Install Vertex on Ubuntu Linux
Image credit – www.devpy.me

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 in 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

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 to the list as soon as possible.

Recommended Post: Top 15 Best Gnome Shell Themes for Your Gnome 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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