I am trying to get a uniform dark theme going on Ubuntu 19.04, and am not a big fan of the light notifications.

One can change the shell theme to obtain dark notifications, but I don't know a theme that fits well with Yaru-Dark.

Any suggestions?


You could try the 'pop' theme.

sudo apt install pop-gnome-shell-theme

I think 'pop-dark-slim' works well with the 'Yaru-dark'

Edit: I'm running Ubuntu 18.04 and I believe the theme was available in the repositories, but if it's not there on your system then just run this command first:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:system76/pop

Note: You might want to remove the newly added repository after the installation:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:system76/pop

(You can also build it from the source [GitHub])

  • Is this theme available in the standard repositories? If not, please explain what has to be done to run the command you've provided. – DK Bose Jun 19 at 14:52
  • @DKBose - It should be available in the standard repository. If it's not there, then you can get it from GitHub – nom4d Jun 19 at 15:01
  • Have you checked whether it's available on your system? I couldn't find it in my 19.04 repos. Have you tried the GitHub route on your system? Please mention your system? Is it vanilla Ubuntu? – DK Bose Jun 19 at 16:29
  • @DKBose Thanks, I edited the answer with some additional info. I installed the theme some time ago and I was pretty sure that it was available from the standard repo, but I might be wrong – nom4d Jun 20 at 9:17
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    Hey @nom4d!!! Welcome to Ask Ubuntu. I am sort of against using that repository on an standard Ubuntu system. The packages generally installed from that repository are customised for Pop!_OS which may cause some features which you expect on Ubuntu to limit, for example, see this question. I have a fully updated 18.04 installation. But as soon as I add that PPA, 34 packages needs to be upgraded. I've shared details of those packages here. – Kulfy Jun 20 at 12:10

Ideally there would be a Yaru-dark shell theme that is changeable in gnome-tweaks.

Issues being tracked here and here.

For now, you can build the Yaru-dark shell theme from source. I have only tested this on a fresh install of 19.10.

Building and installing Yaru-dark gnome-shell theme from source

  1. Install git
sudo apt update && sudo apt install git
  1. Clone the yaru repo and checkout the latest release.
git clone https://github.com/ubuntu/yaru.git
cd yaru/
git checkout $(git describe --tags $(git rev-list --tags --max-count=1))
  1. Change $variant variable in gnome-shell.scss from light -> dark
sed -i 's/light/dark/g' gnome-shell/src/gnome-shell.scss
  1. Install build dependencies for building yaru. Note: If you receive an error here, review this.
sudo apt build-dep yaru-theme
  1. Build yaru
meson build
cd build
  1. Install the newly built theme into the user themes directory
mkdir -p ~/.themes/Yaru-dark/gnome-shell
cp gnome-shell/src/* ~/.themes/Yaru-dark/gnome-shell
  1. Now use gnome-tweaks to change the shell to Yaru-dark from Default. This can be found under Appearance if the User themes extension is enabled. You may need to install gnome-shell-extensions and reboot to get User themes to show up under Extensions in gnome-tweaks.
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