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I changed the icon theme in Ubuntu 12.04, but it doesn't affect Qt-applications. They have the default theme.

For KDE applications the icon theme can be changed with the systemsettings package. This, however, does not work for some non-KDE QT applications.

Is there a setting I can change to make all QT applications follow suit?

marked as duplicate by Uri Herrera, rɑːdʒɑ, coteyr, user68186, Mateo May 20 '13 at 20:02

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  • @UriHerrera The asker here says system settings doesn't work for him. – Seth May 19 '13 at 18:35
  • @Seth unfortunately the OP doesn't say where he/she installed the icons. Also Some Qt applications (such as Skype) seem to have their some icons within the binary. – Uri Herrera May 19 '13 at 18:48

Gconf and Dconf settings

A lot of QT applications will query GNOME's configuration databases for the icon theme settings. Under some circumstances there might be a discrepancy between the icon theme in use and the corresponding GNOME setting.

So to change the icons you might have to set the corresponding Gconf and Dconf keys first. You can do so with the following commands (replace Faenza-Dark with your icon theme of choice):

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme Faenza-Dark


gconftool-2 --type=string --set "/desktop/gnome/interface/icon_theme" "Faenza-Dark"

It might take a relog to see the changes.

The theme names correspond with their basename in the filesystem. It doesn't matter where the theme is located. Be it /usr/share/icons/AskUbuntu, ~/.icons/AskUbuntu or ~/.local/share/icons/AskUbuntu, in each case the Gconf/Dconf name will be AskUbuntu.


This fix will not work for all QT applications out there. Some, e.g. Clementine, have turned out to be very resilient and - as much as you might try - just won't change their icon theme. That's likely due to issues with how these applications detect the system theme. In other cases (e.g. Skype) the icons might be hard-coded into the binary and impossible to change.





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