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I'm using Oneiric, and have some default theme set. I understand Unity is using Gtk3, and that the usual Ubuntu themes haven't been ported.

  • How do I set the theme in Oneiric?
  • Where is/will the new Appearance settings dialog /be?
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No, Unity is yet to use GTK3,it uses GTK2 hence the theme is broken the default theme is called raleigh, and you would need a GTK3 to be able to apply it as that is what Ubuntu is going to use. – Uri Herrera Jun 18 '11 at 3:24
So, once this is rectified, will it reappear? I'm looking at Alpha 3, and getting worried that this is going to be what we're rolling with. – CraigM Aug 16 '11 at 23:55
@CraigM: Me too. It's also appalling that central Ubuntu contributors have closed this question to prevent Ubuntu being criticized. – Matt Joiner Aug 17 '11 at 2:43
@Matt Joiner: Well, I'm not so worried about the question being criticized, as much as I'd like the assurance that it'll be fixed at some point. That's all. – CraigM Aug 17 '11 at 12:32
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Use the gnome-tweak-tool to change your GTK3 theme.

Download from

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After the release, this is the only way to do it. No decent settings dialog was shipped in the final release. – Matt Joiner Oct 22 '11 at 13:23
If you don't want to pull all those dependencies you can do the sam e with Ubuntu Tweak. – MeanEYE Dec 24 '11 at 1:06
Right, the new Ubuntu tweak has these settings – Owais Lone Jan 2 '12 at 8:23


  • Window border:

    You have to set the window border theme using gconf-editor at the path:

  • GTK/Icon/Cursor theme:

    Can be set using dconf-editor from the dconf-tools package at the paths:


AFAIK there are currently two ports of Ambiance in the works (make sure you have the gtk3-engines-unico package installed):

  1. One from Luca Forina (Lucazade) at Follow the instructions to get the branch, then copy the gtk-3.0 folder to /usr/share/themes/Ambiance and set the GTK theme to Ambiance.

  2. A second one from Andrea Cimitan (Cimi) which has been merged to the light-themes package - so it's probably the official one. You can find the code here. Again, just download like instructed and move the theme files to /usr/share/themes (move/backup the old ones first).

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