Looks ridiculous, but I can't find Ambience theme for XFCE out the in the Internet (while there are even couple of pretty good versions for Windows XP). Could you share a link? I even don't require everything (like controls and icons) look exactly like it does in original Ubuntu Ambiance, I just want window decorations (better with controls on the right though) and a colours scheme (for example dark menu bars instead of default blue ones).

PS: I'd prefer not to install Gnome and Metacity.


I just made a theme that imitate exactly Ambiance theme used in Ubuntu, and built for Xubuntu. Check it out: http://xfce-look.org/content/show.php?content=141027


I recently stumbled upon the best XFCE/LXDE versions of Ambiance and Radiance I've seen yet, put together by the RAVEfinity team. You can check them out at xfce-look:


For the impatient, they can be installed thusly:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ravefinity-project/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ambiance-xfce-lxde radiance-xfce-lxde

They look great and I haven't run into any of the bugs or oddities I've seen with the other Ambiance/Radiance knockoffs. They also provide some interesting "colored" versions of Ambiance and Radiance (which I haven't tried yet):



have you checked out xfce-look.org? It has a lot of themes for you to choose from.

A few Ambiance themes are found here:

Most of the themes (including those two above) use GTK. You can sort through the KFCE themes on kfce-look.org though. Here are some similar to the Ambiance theme, though they aren't the same:

  • Of course I have checked out xfce-look.org. "Redefined III" and "Elegancy" are, as far as I understand, made for Metacity (Gnome's WM, XFCE uses XFWM and I don't want to change this). Even the author writes "I did not like some of the settings of the default Ambiance theme, so I changed the following..." which says that his intention was to modify the original "Ambiance", which only exists for Gnome. I just wonder why are those themes hosted on xfce-look while they are not XFCE themes.
    – Ivan
    Dec 20 '10 at 6:02
  • "Axiom" and "Shiki-Colors" both notably differ from Ambiance. "Shiki-Colors" comes close though, maybe I'll use it, I haven't noticed it before.
    – Ivan
    Dec 20 '10 at 6:04
  • I think you can just use Ambiance somehow for the windows, however I think you will have to find your own window decorator theme. Dec 20 '10 at 9:21
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    The two Ambiance themes use GTK which is different than Gnome. Both Gnome and XFCE use GTK.
    – tibbyyo
    Dec 20 '10 at 17:27

After 12.10 (quantal) the Ravefinity PPA has not been updated. But as of 14.04 (trusty), one can get their current Xfce Ambiance and Radiance themes from their website.

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