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How To Install Gnome Themes In Ubuntu 11.10 [Tip]

The complexity of GTK3 themes in Gnome 3 makes it a bit confusing to add desktop themes in Ubuntu 11.10.  This is because, there is no default tool to change Ubuntu 11.10 themes. However, you can change and manage Gnome themes in Ubuntu 11.10 with the help of a third-party application, known as the Gnome Tweak Tool. In this post, we will tell you how to install and manage Gnome 3 themes in Oneiric Ocelot.

To get started, install Gnome Tweak Tool. Once done, go to the Home directory, hit CTRL+H hotkey to show hidden files and folders, and create a new folder named .Themes via right-click context menu. Now, download your favorite Gnome 3 theme and extract it within the .Themes folder. You can download some Gnome 3 themes from the link given at the end of this post.

Change theme

Now, open the Gnome Tweak Tool from Applications –> Other –> Advanced Settings. Go to Themes section within the tool, and select the extracted theme from the drop down list. For example, you can select the GTK+, icon and Window themes to transform the look and feel of your Ubuntu desktop.

Gnome Tweak Tool

This will apply the selected Gnome theme. You can download and add a wallpaper to match your theme.


Download Gnome 3 Themes


  1. how can gtk3 themes from gnome-tweak-tool 3.2.0 be applied? there is no ‘apply’ button, and the themes are not changing when i choose them – do we need to use a command line in a terminal with it, or do ‘sudo shutdown -r now’ every time we change a gtk3 theme?

    • Could be an issue with the theme packages such as a compatibility problem. Gnome Tweak Tool isn’t perfect, but one of the best available option for easy theme installation.
      Ive seen problems with Ubuntu itself after downloading a so called stable release. Unfortunately,  Ubuntu isn’t what it used to be since Unity.

  2. Hey Farshad are you even looking at this anymore. For so many of us the theme does not show up in the list.

    Please answer.

    • this is nonsense, how could even get the folder name wrong? this didn’t work for me and by the looks of things didn’t work for anybody

  3. Me neither, have tried for days with every googled solution, tweak refuses to show themes, why is this? also Gnome 3 is like quicksand, work arounds work until shutdown, restart-back to square one.

  4. Hi thanks for the post, but I tried like you said create a .Themes folder in Home directory and downloaded “Swar-Black” and “Azenis” as tar and extracted in the same folder. But none of these themes are showed in the dropdown menu !!

  5. a very basic one, but by installing themes will the window color change? it doesn’t while in gnome2 even window color is changed..

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