On my Ubuntu 18.10 laptop, whenever I download a file in Chrome I cannot read the warnings or button at the bottom of the screen. Like this:

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Anyone know what is wrong here?

  • It was the Yaru-Dark theme causing the problem. Thanks. If you add this as a comment I will mark it as the solution. BTW I am using Wayland. – SteveInBavaria Mar 24 '19 at 14:55
  • I just edited the answer to include directions on launching Google Chrome 73 in "dark" mode so that it plays nicely with Yaru-Dark and other dark themes. – DK Bose Mar 24 '19 at 15:58

This reported issue is seen with various "dark" themes including the dark variants of Adwaita, Materia, and Yaru.

Using a light GTK theme fixes the issue. But it is still possible to use a dark GTK theme and to have the contents of the Downloads bar visible. This requires Google Chrome v73 (or later).

Open Google Chrome > Settings > Appearance > Themes. There, ensure that Classic is being used and not GTK.

Close the browser and launch it like this:

google-chrome-stable --enable-features=WebUIDarkMode --force-dark-mode

Now, when you download something, the Download bar appears properly even with a dark GTK theme such as Yaru-Dark.

Google Chrome's download bar with Yaru-Dark

Download bar contents visible

While the dark-mode switches to launch the browser are needed in version 73, they probably will not be necessary in later versions.

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    DK Bose please, consider my answer from other question – Julyano Felipe Mar 25 '19 at 6:44
  • @JulyanoFelipe very nice! – DK Bose Mar 25 '19 at 6:49
  • Actually just changing the Google Chrome > Settings > Appearance > Themes to Classic fixed the problem for me. There was no need to use any special command to launch Chrome, just the usual google-chrome-stable. – SteveInBavaria Mar 27 '19 at 16:01


to CHROMIUM_FLAGS variable in /etc/chromium-browser/default do the trick :D !!! Thanks to this post: How to change the color of Chromium (only chrome) downloads bar in a GTK3 theme?

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