1

I've just installed the Greybird theme from Ubuntu Software Centre.

But it is not available for selection in the Appearance settings. Only the standard themes (Ambiance, Radiance, and High Contrast) are shown.

It is definitely installed:

carl@number8:~/$ dpkg --list | grep -i greybird
ii  greybird-gtk-theme                                         1.9.4-0ubuntu2                             all          Greybird GTK2 and GTK3 themes

Does installing a theme via Software Centre not actually install it ready for use?

A search around this site shows that in earlier versions of Ubuntu, theme installation invovled things like :

  • Knowing the difference between GTK, GTK2, GKT+, GTK3, etc.
  • Unzipping an archive and copying the contents to ~/.themes.
  • Installing and running Unity Tweak Tool.
  • Adding PPA repositories
  • Assorted command line trickery

I have installed the theme using the Tweak Tool, but I can't help thinking that this seems like something of a hack - not the sort of thing I'd expect from an otherwise very slick and polished distro like Ubuntu.

What is the correct way to add a theme to Ubuntu 15.04?

If the three pre-installed themes are the only officially supported themes, then why is this?

I think my actual question is not so much how to install a theme, but why is it not as simple as a few clicks on a GUI? i.e. Here's a list of available themes - click one and it will be downloaded and installed (c.f. Linux Mint). Is this a deliberate design policy, an oversight, or still on a to-do list?

  • Check whether this could help youinstall a GTK theme on Ubuntu 15.04. – vembutech Jun 4 '15 at 12:03
  • @Rinzwind Yeah! Back in Gnome 2. – xangua Jun 4 '15 at 14:06
  • @xangua ah :D that is me showing my age >:D – Rinzwind Jun 4 '15 at 14:09
  • 1
    As far as I know there's only 9 themes currently that are maintained to suit 15.04 needs... They all can be found on Noobslab they always try to bring themes asap in to one repo. – JoKeR Jun 4 '15 at 14:11
1

A search around this site shows that in earlier versions of Ubuntu, theme installation involved things like:

Knowing the difference between GTK, GTK2, GKT+, GTK3, etc.
Unzipping an archive and copying the contents to ~/.themes.
Installing and running Unity Tweak Tool.
Adding PPA repositories
Assorted command line trickery

All are the correct answers.

Using the Systems Settings -> Appearance settings in Unity desktop will indeed only show the Ambiance, Radiance and High Contrast themes.

To be able to change your theme to another one you will need to install the Unity Tweak Tool:

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool  

Unity Tweak Tool is a configuration tool for the Unity desktop environment.

enter image description here

| improve this answer | |
  • "I have installed the theme using the Tweak Tool, but I can't help thinking that this seems like something of a hack - not the sort of thing I'd expect from an otherwise very slick and polished distro like Ubuntu. " That's not the answer he was looking for. – user404182 Jun 4 '15 at 14:51
  • @DarioSalvati I was frustrated by the same thing when trying to install a new theme in Ubuntu, and I figured out a way to get the new theme to show up in Systems Settings -> Appearance, but you don't want to do this. It's much too complicated. Unity Tweak Tool is the easy way to do it. – karel Jun 4 '15 at 14:53
  • I understand, but I don't think that this solution is what the OP was looking for (if there is one). – user404182 Jun 4 '15 at 14:56
  • I was asking what is the proper way to install a theme, without resorting to tweak tools, PPAs, etc. It looks like the answer to that is "there isn't one", so I'll accept this. The second part of my question is why isn't there a way to do it? – Carl H Jun 5 '15 at 7:07

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.