Thursday, September 20, 2018

Top 35 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 let you help to choose the best Ubuntu theme for your Linux Desktop. So what to do to change the desktop environment into something elegant and pretty? Ubuntu Themes will help you to improve the whole desktop environment, and it’s straightforward 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 the various desktop environment.

Best Ubuntu Themes Collection

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 make your Linux Ubuntu Desktop more appealing and beautiful.

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

1. Arc Theme

Arc Theme for Ubuntu Gnome

Arc Theme is one of the best and popular flat theme with transparent elements which supports GTK 3, GTK 2 and GNOME Shell based desktop environments like Gnome, Pantheon, MATE, Budgie, Xfce, etc. It comes in three different flavors including Arc, Arc-Darker, and Arc-Dark.

Resource Link – Install Arc Theme and Icon on Ubuntu, Fedora and Other Linux Desktop

2. Kisskool Sizzling Red

KISSKOOL-SIZZLING REDKisskool Sizzling red is a flat and dark theme with a beautiful red accent. It’s a nice and elegant combination of dark and sizzling red color style.


3. Equilux Theme

Equilux ThemeThe Equilux theme is created not to be a beautiful or fancy one instead it has a specific goal for the Linux uses. It helps the users to minimize the eye strain and avoid disrupting your circadian rhythms.


4. 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 beautiful and eye-catching apple design including blurred top panel, transparent elements, and a different dock.


5. Papirus Icon Theme

Papirus Icon Theme For Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Manjaro

The Papirus Icon Theme is impressive and lovely looking theme. This theme has got inspiration from Sam Hewitt’s Paper theme. This theme supports both famous and new coming application icons. Mentionable supported favorite 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

6. Trevilla Theme

Trevilla Theme

Trevilla Theme looks like Windows Metro Style and developed by Ninorpanama. This theme comes with a distinct 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 

7. Paper Icons Theme

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

Paper Icon Theme is one of the famous 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 a 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

8. OSX Arc Shadow

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.


9. 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 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

10. 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 simple, humanity and gnome icon themes. This theme provides an excellent 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

11. 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

12. 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

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  1. I use Adapta Nokto theme together with the Elementary icon set and obsidian mouse theme on my KDE Plasma 5.
    This is a beautiful combination.

  2. Unfortunately the trevilla icon pack is missing for Linux Mint 19 (Tara) in the repo.
    just tried to install it and said icons not found , maybe they havent updated for Linux Mint 19 yet.
    But thanks for the article …very informative and helpful 🙂

    • Thank you dear for helping me to make a good revision for this article. Now as per your recommendation, I have included some best Ubuntu dark Themes. I hope my readers will like it too. If you have any more suggestions, please let me know.

    • 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.

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


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