I am working on Ubuntu 16.04, but don't have admin access. I want to change the theme. But, I can not install Ubuntu-tweak. Is there any other way to install or change the theme to specific logged-in user only (Should not effect other users).

I found this place. From here I can change the theme. But list is limited. How can I add theme in this list also.

  • You want change default theme to ____ ?
    – Liso
    Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 4:45

1 Answer 1


This action can be done by using gsettings command which not required sudo password. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme "your_theme"

Tested on guest session, worked.

  • Where I have to save this your_theme folder?
    – Kiran
    Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 4:58
  • Thanks it work! I have to placed inside of .themes. Thank you
    – Kiran
    Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 5:03

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