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After poking around on the Internet for awhile, I haven't been able to find the default icons used in Gnome 3 anywhere. My requirements are fairly simple:

  • SVGs would be nice, but not necessary
  • This doesn't need to be installable as an icon theme in Ubuntu
  • A compressed folder with all of the icons would be good, but I don't mind browsing a repository and downloading individual icons.

As a last resort, I could always download a full Gnome 3 iso and find the icons that way, but hopefully someone knows of a better solution.

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You should be able to get the icons from the gnome-icon-theme git repository.

Adapted installation instructions from WebUpd8:

  • Install git (if you don't have it already).
  • Then run git clone git://
  • You have to compile the icon theme using the standard ./ --prefix=/usr, ./configure, make, make install or sudo make install.
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Thanks, that's exactly what I needed! I haven't tried compiling/installing it yet, but I have the actual files, which was the real goal. – Michael Martin-Smucker Jun 20 '11 at 16:47

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