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. Apple Arc OSX
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
2. Papirus Icon Theme
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
3. 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
4. Paper Icons Theme
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
5. OSX Arc Theme (Dark and Light) and Icon
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
6. 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
7. Numix-Circle Icon Theme
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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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/
13. 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.
SEE MORE: Install OS X El Capitan Theme on Ubuntu
14. 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.
15. 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
Lexis is unique and simple shell theme out there. It makes the desktop panel empty and toolbars colored.
- Install Lexis Theme from Source.
17. 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
18. 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
19. Shadow Icon Theme
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
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.
21. Xenlism Wildfire Icon Theme
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
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 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 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 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
25. Uniform Icon Theme
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
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
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 and unzip to your theme folder. This is usually /usr/share/themes.
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
More Recommended Theme
- Xenlism Themes – A Complete GTK Theme Pack for Your Linux
- Vimix GTK Theme – A Flat Material Design Theme for Linux
- Canta Theme – A Flat Material Design GTK Theme for Linux
- Yosemite Gtk Theme – Mac OSX Yosemite Like Theme for Ubuntu and other Linux Derivatives
- Materia Theme – A Material Design Theme for GNOME/GTK+
- Ubuntu “Communitheme” – A New Ubuntu Community theme
- ArcMPD Theme – An Arc-Based Translucent GTK Theme for Ubuntu Linux
- Matcha Gtk Theme – A Beautiful Flat Design Theme for Ubuntu Linux
- How to Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu, Arch Linux, and Manjaro
- Arrongin and Telinkrin GTK Theme – A modern and Refined Re-interpretation of Ambiance Theme
- How to Install Ubuntu Touch Suru Icon Theme in Ubuntu Derivatives
- How to Install Flat and Modern Ant GTK Theme on Ubuntu Variants
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.
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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.
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