I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome Shell 3.4. Since day one I had some random crashes mainly after reloading or during search. After a lot of research I concluded that user-theme extension is to blame. Only when disabled Gnome Shell runs 100% smoothly. So my question is: Is there a way to install a theme without using user-theme extension?

edit: Trying to install it via Gnome Tweak Tool without user-theme extension won't work because of [this][1].

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  • have you tried gnome-tweak-tool ? – hhlp Jun 4 '12 at 15:09
  • Can't, check the updated post. – Aventinus Jun 4 '12 at 15:21

Yes you can.

Extract your theme to ~/themes or /usr/share/themes

I use this command for manually change theme and icon on ubuntu.

Open terminal Ctrl+Alt+T and run following command:

Icon Pack

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'theme'


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'theme'

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences 'theme'

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'theme'

Change 'theme' with your theme name



sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions 

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After Installation Press Alt+F2 and type 'r' to restart Gnome Shell, or just logout and login back. Open Gnome Tweak Tool to change/install shell Themes.

  • there is no "gnome-shell-extensions" in official repositories! Where did you find that? – mondjunge Oct 4 '12 at 12:08
  • of course, there is one: packages.ubuntu.com/quantal/gnome/gnome-shell-extensions – abybaddi009 Apr 18 '13 at 15:40
  • quantal is ubuntu 12.10, question was about 12.04 (precise)... – mondjunge May 10 '13 at 11:41

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