I have been using Kubuntu 15.10 for about 6 months, and have been using previous versions for over 3 years. I customized my desktop theme, icons, etc. to suit me, however, recently, I downloaded more desktop themes, and want to try them only. But I am not sure how to get back to my present theme, if I do not like them. My questions are:

  • Why there is no info in system settings like "Current desktop theme?" Relating to this, how do I find my current desktop theme?
  • why there is no button for saving the present settings as 'save as a new desktop theme' or something like that
  • How to save my present desktop theme to a name that I can see in the list and get back if needed?

Here is some additional information. Here is a list of my current themes, and here are the details of my customizations. I would appreicate any help is attempting to solve this. Thanks

  • Not sure who Rutkowski is, but I think that's the author of the theme, not the software you're using to set the theme. :) If you want to make a feature request, see userbase.kde.org/Asking_Questions#Reporting_KDE_Bugs
    – muru
    Feb 10 '16 at 20:03
  • To be clear, did you install “Kubuntu” or did you install Ubuntu and then KDE? Feb 10 '16 at 20:20
  • @It's Willem - I installed Kubuntu directly; [not the other way like Ubuntu+KDE] as it includes KDE. - Thanks Feb 10 '16 at 20:56
  • @muru - I thought he is the author of the theme. I believe you actually provided me the answer. My current theme looks like KArc. But I did a lot of customization, added so many bells and whistles. Did not keep track of what I did over the time, so want to save it first before I experiment. - Thanks Feb 10 '16 at 21:00
  • Apparently the original theme is available here: github.com/zbeptz/KArc-theme
    – muru
    Feb 10 '16 at 21:03

KDE plasma desktop themes

Information of the KDE plasma themes can be found from the KDE TechBase: https://techbase.kde.org/Development/Tutorials/Plasma


The KDE UserBase has a link to 'Using Multiple Plasma Themes': https://userbase.kde.org/Plasma/TweakingPlasma#Using_Multiple_Plasma_Themes

Plasma 5 theme editor before the plasma 5.6

The user can edit the plasma desktop theme from KDE system settings > Workspace Theme > Desktop Theme. In the Details tab there is an option make a cutomized/mixed plasma theme.

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With the KF5 (plasma 5) the Customized plasma theme is saved to the ~/.local/share/plasma/desktoptheme/.customized .

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The user can rename/copy (at this MyNewTheme) the theme to the ~/.local/share/plasma/desktoptheme/MyNewTheme .

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After the user edits the metadata.desktop file...

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the plasma theme is available from the KDE System Settings. The current theme has blue 'halo' ( depends current color settings)

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Removal of the Theme Details KCM

KDE review board - Remove Theme Details KCM: https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/126953/

KDE Bug report: Bug 359127 - Desktop theme KCM 'details' and editing tab no longer present/functional - https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=359127

Wishes - why there is no...

The KDE Forums ( https://forum.kde.org )has a sub forum for the 'User-submitted ideas for KDE desktop and software - KDE Brainstorm': https://forum.kde.org/viewforum.php?f=83 . There is also an option to file a wish to the KDE bug tracking system: https://bugs.kde.org

  • Thanks a lot! it worked for me. I am now doing editing as I want and can keep different versions of desktop themes. My working conditions are different, especially with available lighting; so really need different desktop themes ranging from light versions to darker ones. Specifically thanks for the screens, they are helpful. Enjoy your day!!!! Feb 12 '16 at 2:06

I don't have a Kubuntu 15.10 Install at the moment but you should be able to access the KDE theme manager by running kcontrol. Here is how:

You can reach the Theme Manager by running KControl, KDE's Control Center.

  • Click on the K Menu and select Run Command (alternatively, you could also press Alt+F2).

  • In the Run Command dialog box, enter the text kcontrol and click on the Run button or press the Enter key.

  • The Theme Manager is under the Appearance group of the Control Center.

from https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CustomizeKubuntu

You should find your current theme and other settings there

  • I tried your instructions. No result. There is no such command as KControl. When I pressed Alt+F2 is taking me to 'Plasma Search - KDE Control Module, under that only 'Plasma Search' is there. There is no item as 'Appearance'. May be these instructions belong to Ubuntu [note that I am asking help on Kubuntu]? or may be these are meant for older versions distros. Not sure how to figure this out. May be I just do not go ahead with any experimentation. I have only one laptop now, which I use for work extensively. Waiting on responses from others, to see how good it is to experiment. Feb 10 '16 at 23:14
  • Well, the link says kubuntu at the end. I hope you tried kcontrol all lower case, and not KControl as you've mentioned
    – Harsh
    Feb 11 '16 at 1:01
  • @MariaFernanda, did you look at the link Harsh provided? It's pretty comprehensive. Unfortunately, it was last updated in 2012 and KDE is evolving pretty fast!
    – DK Bose
    Feb 11 '16 at 2:58
  • @DK Bose - Yes, I looked at, it is exhaustive. But I quickly realized it might be out of date. So did not attempt to. Another lead is - kcontrol is not a command that is working my kubuntu 15.10. When I tried in the terminal; it says 'not found' and got suggestions to use 'dcontrol, scontrol, ccontrol' and a few more. I really did not want to be pain to all you guys, so kep quite. Now trying the instructions provided by 'user26687'; will keep all you posted. - Thanks. Feb 12 '16 at 0:47

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