When using Xubuntu I always installed the package xfwm4-themes as I really liked the good old nostalgic themes like Redmond, Platinum, etc. I am unable to find this package in 19.10 in the main repos these days though, so I was wondering where one can find this package.

  • Possibly, most of these themes are obsolete since xfce largely moved to GTK3 – vanadium Oct 27 at 15:41

According to packages.ubuntu.com, the xfwm4-themes package is no longer available in the standard 19.04 and 19.10 repositories. And that makes sense because it's been dropped from Debian in December 2018 for being unmaintained.

Alternative 1

I would suggest looking at the themes available in the 19.10 repositories. Many of them provide their own xfwm4 theme and it's likely that these themes will be appropriate for your system.

Alternative 2

You can visit xfce-look.org and click on XFCE/XFWM4 Themes to get a listing of themes. I suggest you choose from recently updated themes to ensure compatibility.


I downloaded the Neon_Knights_Blue .tar.xz archive, extracted it, and placed it in ~/.themes.

Then, I opened Settings > Window Manager and could choose it from there.

Selecting the new xfwm4 theme

Alternative 3

You can still find the xfwm4-themes in archived form online. For example, there's git.xfce.org/archive/xfwm4-themes/ from which you can download xfwm4-themes-4.10.0.tar.gz from eight years ago.

  • extract the contents
  • open the redmond folder
  • create a folder called xfwm4 in the redmond folder
  • move all the .xpm files and the themerc file into the xfwm4 folder
  • move the redmond folder into ~/.themes, which you'll need to create if it doesn't exist.
  • open Settings > Window Manager and choose redmond
  • applications that use GNOME's client-side decorations will obviously not use any xfwm4 theme.

Using the redmond xfwm4 theme

redmond xfwm4 theme on 19.10

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