Is there a way to make KDE applications (like digiKam) look native in GNOME?
First you need the KDE's "System settings" application by installing systemsettings from the Software Center.
Search the dash for System settings and launch it . Then make the following changes:
- under Style → Applications → Widget style, select GTK+
- under Colors, select the colours to match your GTK theme or download the Ambiance colour scheme .
- under Icons → Theme, select the icon theme you are using in GTK apps
- under Fonts select "Ubuntu", size 11
In Ubuntu 18.04, what worked for me was:
sudo apt-get install qt5-style-plugins
This is taken from the ArchLinux documentation. It also recommends setting the
QT_QPA_PLATFORMTHEME=gtk2 environment variable, but I did not need that.
Currently using Ubuntu 22.04. The following solution is applied to my system and has been tested on
fontmatrix, that is QT5 app.
You can apply QT styles that recreate GTK look and feel via the packages
qt5-style-kvantum (theme manager) and
qt5-style-kvantum-themes (collection of styles). To install them, run the command:
sudo apt install qt5-style-kvantum qt5-style-kvantum-themes
Then, you need to tell to your system to use
kvantum style for QT5 apps. This is performed by setting the
QT_STYLE_OVERRIDE variable in your
You have two alternative ways.
echo "export QT_STYLE_OVERRIDE=kvantum" >> $HOME/.profile
- open the file with
- add the line (if not present)
- save the file.
After changing the
.profile file, you have to logout from your account and login, then it will be sourced automatically.
Now, open the Kvantum Manager app from the app-grid menu:
- Click on the submenu "Change/Delete Theme"
- Select "KvYaru" from "Select Menu".
- Click "Use this theme" button.
This is the way to activate a style that resembles the default Ubuntu theme, called Yaru. By default, a lots of themes are installed, so you can choose what you prefer.
The Kvantum project is available at this GitHub page.