I would like to install the default GNOME 3 shell theme (the one used in Fedora for example), but I can't seem to find it anywhere (it's not even on gnome-look).

Can someone tell me how I can achieve this? The only way I can think of is to use the gnome-session package, but that seems quite overkill frankly.

To clarify, I'm looking for the shell theme, not the GTK theme (I have the User Themes extension installed).

  1. Create a folder "myShellTheme" or any name as you wish in /usr/share/themes/
  2. Create subfolder in "myShellTheme" named "gnome-shell"

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  3. Copy the required theme file

    sudo cp /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css /usr/share/themes/myShellTheme/gnome-shell/

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  4. Close all the files, Open Gnome-Tweaks and Select "myShellTheme" under User Themes

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You can load the vanilla GNOME shell theme (Adwaita) from your home directory. To do that follow the steps below.

  1. Create a directory, say MyTheme either in ~/.themes or in ~/.local/share/themes. (You may create ~/.themes or ~/.local/share/themes if they don't exist.)
  2. Create another directory inside MyTheme called gnome-shell.
  3. Create an empty text file in this gnome-shell directory and name it gnome-shell.css.
  4. Open this gnome-shell.css in a text editor and add the following line

    @import url("/usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css");

    Then save the file.

  5. Launch (GNOME) Tweaks, go to Appearance section, and click the drop-down box next to "Shell" theme. MyTheme should appear in the drop-down list (assuming you've the 'User Themes' extension installed and enabled). Select it.
    (You may have to re-login or restart GNOME shell to see the effect)

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