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How do I change to a theme not listed in the Appearance screen?

I am new to Ubuntu. I don't know how to install softwares other than through Ubuntu software center.

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marked as duplicate by Tom Brossman, hexafraction, Eliah Kagan, jokerdino, John S Gruber Oct 4 '12 at 3:46

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Ubuntu by default comes with Ambiance theme and few other themes like Radiance etc. But these themes are not the best out there and you may want to experiment a bit with the appearance of your computer by installing a new theme but often wonder how do I install a new theme in Ubuntu 12.04. This simple tutorial will teach you to install a theme in Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity desktop environment. Follow these simple steps:

Step 1:

Download the theme. If it is zipped, extract it and copy the theme folder to the following location:


If you are using the graphical way to copy it, go to your home folder and on the top panel select View and then select Show hidden files (Ctrl+H). Now you can see .themes directory in your home directory. Copying the theme is equivalent to installing a theme.

Step 2:

Once you have copied the theme in correct place, the next step is to use the newly installed theme. To activate the theme we will use a wonderful tool “My Unity” which is a Unity tweaking tool and can be used for various other configuration changes such as launcher, dash, panel etc. To install My Unity use the following command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt-get install myunity

Once you have installed the My Unity app, you can open it and move to Themes tab. Here you will see all the themes available in ~/.themes directory. Just choose your favourite theme here.

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  1. Install the Gnome Tweak Tool / Advanced Settings for making theme selections from the software center.

    To install ubuntu tweak tool from command line:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa  
    sudo apt-get update  
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak  
  2. Download and fully extract the theme packages and hold the folders on the desktop until needed

    a. (Single User) Create a .themes and .icons folder in home /hidden folders . Use Crtl+H to open hidden folders in Nautilus.

    b. (All Users) Use gksudo nautilus in the terminal to open Nautilus as root and navigate to > File System /usr/share/themes or /usr/share/themes .

  3. Place the folders in either Location . Use Advanced Settings to make theme selections . Logout - in may be required before themes are visible in Advanced Settings.

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Please check back your answer /usr/share/themes or /usr/share/themes. Thanks! – penreturns Oct 18 '12 at 23:12
themes can be found here: – Aquarius Power Jun 3 '13 at 14:58

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