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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

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  • Dmachop

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

    • Anonymous

      It depends on the Theme.

    • Anonymous

      It depends on the Theme.

  • aravind sn

    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 !!

  • I have the same problem as aravind sn. Also tried to put the downloaded theme in /usr/share/themes but it didn’t work either.

  • malty

    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.

  • Guest

    It seems the themes should be placed in ~/.themes not ~/.Themes

    • I tried both. Still doesn’t work.

    • I tried both. Still doesn’t work.

  • zx5000

    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.

    • Anonymous


      I have nearly a thousand posts, you can’t expect me to regularly check them all.

      • SG

        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

  • Yuki

    I tried installing three themes but only one show up in list

    • Anonymous

      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.

  • cool

    .themes or .Themes dont work…. same problem with me…

  • 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?

  • thanx great stuff you guys are having….. keeep rocking…..


    does it works on ubuntu 12.04lts

  • Jane Alam

    Thanks.. it’s work on ubuntu 12.04…. And the way is .themes folder not .Themes