As the title suggest I really like the looks of geary and the smaller memory footprint vs thunderbird but where is the dark theme?


Geary 0.12 and later uses whichever GTK+3 theme your desktop environment has been configured to use, so if you want Geary to use a dark theme you'll need to configure your desktop's settings to enable that.

There is some support for customising the CSS used to display individual messages in a conversation, see the Geary FAQ for details. This does not currently apply to the Composer at the moment, but there is an open ticket requesting that.

  • I'm using a dark theme with Linux mint cinnamon and that doesn't propogate to Geary. I was able to change the css files I found then recompile and it is now dark theme except for the message pane which is still white. – flyingdrifter Apr 6 '18 at 19:59
  • Oh, if you're on Mint you'll need to make sure you're running at least Geary 0.12 for it to pick up the dark theme completely. You can install the latest version from the official PPA. – Michael Gratton Apr 7 '18 at 2:14
  • I'm running Geary 0.12.1, I also have use dark theme varient when available in theme settings turned on. @MichaelGatton is there a git folder to submit a branch, I know having a dark theme is important to a lot of people. I am also looking for a way to just show unread email like I can do in thunderbird... – flyingdrifter Apr 7 '18 at 18:58
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    @flyingdrifter, Geary's source code and bugs are hosted on GNOME's infrastructure, you can find links to it on the Contribute page. – Michael Gratton Apr 8 '18 at 0:08

Thanks to Jaraj Fiala for this answer:

sure, you can either change your GTK+ theme to a dark theme like Adwaita-dark, or launch Geary with:

   env GTK_THEME=Adwaita-dark org.gnome.Geary

in my case with Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3 I use ( env GTK_THEME=Adwaita-dark geary )

or, if you are using the Flatpak version (can recommend):

   flatpak run --env=GTK_THEME=Adwaita-dark org.gnome.Geary

turns out you can set the GTK_THEME for other apps as well using the env flag!!

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