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Best GNOME Shell Themes For Ubuntu 14.04

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#1 cwbytez


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Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:47 PM

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Themes are the best way to customize your Linux desktop. If you install GNOME on Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10, you might want to change the default theme and give it a different look. To help you in this task, I have compiled here a list of best GNOME shell themes for Ubuntu or any other Linux OS that has GNOME shell installed on it. But before we see the list, let’s first see how to change install new themes in GNOME Shell.

Install themes in GNOME Shell

To install new themes in GNOME with Ubuntu, you can use Gnome Tweak Tool which is available in software repository in Ubuntu. Open a terminal and use the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Alternatively, you can use themes by putting them in ~/.themes directory. I have written a detailed tutorial on how to install and use themes in GNOME Shell, in case you need it.

Best GNOME Shell themes

The themes listed here are tested on GNOME Shell 3.10.4 but it should work for all version of GNOME 3 and higher. For the sake of mentioning, the themes are not in any kind of priority order. Let’s have a look at the best GNOME themes:




No list can be completed without the mention of Numix themes. These themes got so popular that it encouraged Numix team to work on a new Linux OS, Ozon. Considering their design work with Numix theme, it won’t be exaggeration to call it one of the most beautiful Linux OS releasing in near future.

To install Numix theme in Ubuntu based distributions, use the following commands:

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


Another beautiful theme from Satyajit Sahoo, who is also a member of Numix team. Elegance Colors has its own PPA so that you can easily install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colors


Moka is another mesmerizing theme that is always included in the list of beautiful themes. Designed by the same developer who gave us Unity Tweak Tool, Moka is a must try:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moka/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install moka-gnome-shell-theme


Based on Gnome’s default Adwaita theme, Viva is a nice theme with shades of black and oranges. You can download Viva from the link below.

Download Viva GNOME Shell Theme



Previously known as Zukitwo Dark, Ciliora-Prima has square icons theme. Theme is available in three versions that are slightly different from each other. You can download it from the link below.

Download Ciliora-Prima GNOME Shell Theme



Faience has been a popular theme for quite some time and rightly so. You can install Faience using the PPA below for GNOME 3.10 and higher.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install faience-theme
Paper [Incomplete]


Ever since Google talked about Material Design, people have been going gaga over it. Paper GTK theme, by Sam Hewitt (of Moka Project), is inspired by Google Material design and currently under development. Which means you will not have the best experience with Paper at the moment. But if your a bit experimental, like me, you can definitely give it a try.

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

*just wanted to share this,looks awesome :thumbup2:

all credits goes to --> http://itsfoss.com/gnome-shell-themes-ubuntu-1404/


My native language isn't English,so please point out to me out if I make any grammar mistake :P (i'm not really good at english)

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#2 Captain_Chicken


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 09:38 PM

Love the amount of choice and customization linux has!

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 01:08 PM

Love the amount of choice and customization linux has!

And I love the fact that I can minimize back to a Window Manager that has no bells and whistles and spinning icons and other stuff.  Call me an old fart; but I still prefer a solid color background, neutral gray ( #3b3b3b ), icons, just go away, don't spin and shrink.   Lets me focus on the contents.


But definite kudos/props or whatever the "hip" term is to folks that like this and develop it.



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