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How can I install themes in ubuntu 12.10 ?

For example, how can I install the following themes on ubuntu:



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Or... There is a way if you know the repository. It's a simple matter of just adding the repository and running sudo apt-get install *theme name* :) This is the most hassle-free way th –  Damith Senanayake Feb 26 '13 at 17:33

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You download it, extract it to ~/.themes, and you can use ubuntu tweak tool to select the theme. I will guide you through it with the grayday theme you selected in

Just a warning, not all themes work nicely under unity.

1.) Download grayday, and double-click it in nautilus to open it in the archive manager. You will see a folder called "GrayDay".

2.) Drag that folder into your ~/.themes folder. This is in your home directory. You will have to click "show hidden files" (under view). If you still don't see it, you will have to make the directory in your home folder. Just click make new folder and call it ".themes" (without quotations, of course).

3.) Download ubuntu tweak tool from here. Just double click the downloaded .deb file and you should be able to install it through the software-center.

4.) Once you have it installed, open ubuntu tweak tool and go to "Tweaks" and click theme.

5.) Select Grayday in GTK theme and Window theme.

It should work.

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Thank you very much for such detailed answer :) –  Levan Nov 6 '12 at 16:12
I don't have a ~/.themes... I'm running 13.10. –  ZeroDivide Oct 31 '13 at 20:00
@ZeroDivide: Then you will have to make it, like mentioned in the post. Go to your home folder, right click->Create new folder and name it ".themes". Or, open up your terminal and type: "mkdir ~/.themes". –  user65940 Nov 5 '13 at 20:37
"/home/casper" where casper is my user name. Is this directory correct? This folder also include ".fonts", right? Thank. –  Casper Li May 23 '14 at 11:26
That is correct. Put the theme inside /home/casper/.themes If there is no .themes folder, make one. –  user65940 May 23 '14 at 22:30

No extra downloaded third party software is needed.

For gnome shell, you can install the gnome-tweak-tool:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

For Ubuntu unity, you can either install the gnome-tweak-tool or you can use the unity-tweak-tool to change themes:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Download and extract all themes to your ~/.themes directory. Run the following command to create this directory:

mkdir ~/.themes

This directory is hidden, so you must press CTRL + H after you open nautilus to display hidden files if the directory is not displayed.

Once the theme has been downloaded and extracted to your ~/.themes directory, open either gnome-tweak-tool or unity-tweak-tool to select the theme.

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