Where are Adwaita, HighContrast and HighContrastInverse GTK themes located in Ubuntu 18.04?

When I opened gnome tweaks in Ubuntu 18.04, I found these 3 themes but could not find the location.

  • They're are built into "GNOME". They're not separate themes in the conventional sense.
    – DK Bose
    May 28, 2018 at 14:03
  • @Bose hi, thanks for reply. Means cant i remove them from system? I dont want them to show up when i choose GTK themes from gnome tweaks. I successfully removed other GTK themes which are in usr/share/themes
    – UnKNOWn
    May 28, 2018 at 14:10

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GTK+ includes the Adwaita and HighContrast themes

From https://wiki.gnome.org/HowDoI/CustomStyle and https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gtk/tree/master/gtk/theme

Basically, Adwaita and the High Contrast theme are now part of GTK+ (the GIMP Toolkit) and no longer provided as separate themes as Ambiance or Radiance are.

In a comment to this answer ,there is a mention of gnome-themes-extra with a link to https://packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/amd64/gnome-themes-extra/filelist

The referenced package list has:


In other words, this package does provide Adwaita, but only for gtk2 applications.

apt show gnome-themes-extra has:

Description: Adwaita GTK+ 2 theme — engine
 This is the version of Adwaita, the standard GNOME theme, for the
 GTK+ 2.x toolkit.
 The GTK+ 3.x version is already included in libgtk-3-0.
 This package contains the Adwaita theme engine.

In short,there's no way to remove Adwaita or High Contrast themes without removing libgtk-3-0 itself which will take out a host of applications depending on libgtk-3-0.

You can simulate what will happen by using -s for ensuring a simulation. Because it's a simulation, there's no need for sudo:

apt purge -s libgtk-3-0

The exact output will depend on what you have on your system.

  • Seems to be in gnome-themes-extra. Given the -extra name, it might be removable without too much breakage. It's only a "recommended" dependency of gnome-session, for example.
    – muru
    May 29, 2018 at 4:48
  • @muru I think that's for gtk2 only.
    – DK Bose
    May 29, 2018 at 5:55

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