I don't like the themes I have in my system (Xubuntu 11.04) by default.

  • Is Xfce Look the only place where I can get new themes?

  • Can I run themes that are made for Gnome, for example?

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You can use gtk2 themes from Gnome-Art as well.

Similar websites:

  1. deviantARTs: XFCE-section
  2. Customize.org: XFCE-section
  3. XFCE-Forums: mostly window manager themes
  4. deviantARTs: (GNOME) GTK2-section


Example install from Gnome-Art

First create a .themes folder in your home folder

mkdir ~/.themes

Download one of the themes e.g. Aero-ion which should be saved in your ~/Downloads folder

then extract the compressed tar file into .themes

cd ~/.themes
tar -xvf ~/Downloads/GTK2-AeroIon.tar.gz

Finally Settings Manager - Appearance to apply your new theme e.g. AeroIon will appear at the top of the list.

Here is my example:

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  • Looks like download links on Gnome Art are broken (at least the ones I tried were)... – Jarrett Mar 17 '13 at 3:30

The excellent Faenza icons work not only with Gnome, but with XFCE as well.

They are easy to install through a PPA on Launchpad.

Issue the following commands in a terminal window to install the icons, then select them in Menu > Settings > Settings Manager > Appearance > Icons.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

Faenza theme

Also, have a look at xfce-look.org.

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Another nice effect can be achieved by replacing the default Sans font in GTK+ menus with a compacter, crisp and more readable font. An excellent substitute is the freely available Adobe Source Sans Pro.

I find it most convenient to install new fonts using Font Manager.

sudo apt-get install font-manager

After downloading and extracting the font, click on the cogwheel button and then on Install Fonts.

Finally, navigate to Menu > Settings > Settings Manager > Appearance > Fonts and make sure to select the Source Sans Pro Regular variant. You may also want to increase the font size one notch. For consistency, you may set the same font as the default font in your browser.

Here is how Source Sans Pro looks like.

Source Sans Pro glyphs

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If a XFCE theme pleases you in design, but not in colour, you can edit it for all users. For example, I changed a number of hex-coded RGB colours in the default Greybird XFCE theme with a text editor.

gksu gedit /usr/share/themes/Greybird/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
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At gnome-look.org you can also find themes for Xfce4

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