No matter what I use, e.g. gtk-ctheme, and the other apps availible in the repos, gtk applications running under Awesome WM stay ugly.

The same apps look fine when I use unity.

Any thoughts?

  • 2
    Did you try to start gnome-settings-daemon ?
    – user49503
    Mar 6, 2012 at 23:09
  • Possible duplicate? askubuntu.com/questions/82095/…
    – fossfreedom
    Mar 6, 2012 at 23:12
  • @user49503 unfortunately it not only work with theme, but also screws down keyboard layout.
    – Hi-Angel
    Oct 23, 2015 at 9:56

2 Answers 2


Try installing lxappearance

sudo apt-get install lxappearance



You can edit the gtk config files, like described here http://awesome.naquadah.org/wiki/Customizing_GTK_Apps

lxappearance works fine too, but if you can't get it done with gtk-ctheme then it probably doesn't work for you either


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