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How to install the Ketsa icon theme on Linux

Ketsa is an attractive, artistic icon theme that uses gradients to give it depth. If you’re looking for a unique, creative icon theme to bring your Linux desktop to life, follow along with our guide and learn how to install the Ketsa icon theme on Linux.

Downloading the Ketsa icon theme

Users can get the Ketsa icon theme for Linux in two ways: the Gnome-look theme website, and via Github. In this guide, we will show you how to download the theme from both sources (though it is highly recommended that you get it through Gnome-look).

Method 1: Gnome-look

Downloading the Ketsa icon theme for Linux via Gnome-look is a reasonably simple process, thanks to the excellent design on the website. Head over to the Ketsa page on Gnome-look here.

After going to the Ketsa page on Gnome-look, locate the “Files” button on the page, and click on it with the mouse. Selecting the “Files” option will reveal a single download option, “0.2.4.tar.xz”.

Select the blue button under the “DL” column to start the download for Ketsa via the Gnome-look website.

Extracting the Ketsa archive

Now that the Ketsa icon theme is done downloading from the Gnome-look theme website, the time has come to extract the contents of the 0.2.4.tar.xz file. Launch a terminal window on the Linux desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, move into the “Downloads” directory with the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, use the tar command to extract the contents of 0.2.4.tar.xz.

tar xvf 0.2.4.tar.xz

Rename the folder to ketsa with the mv command.

mv 0.2.3 ketsa

Method 2: GitHub

If you’re not a fan of Gnome-look.org, you can also get the Ketsa icon theme directly from the developer’s GitHub. However, interacting with GitHub requires using the “Git” tool.

Installing the “Git” tool on Linux is very straightforward, as nearly every project uses it for something. To start the installation, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, once the terminal window is open, follow the command-line instructions outlined below that correspond with your Linux OS.


On Ubuntu, install the Git tool with Apt.

sudo apt install git


Using Debian? Install Git with Apt-get.

sudo apt-get install git

Arch Linux

An Arch Linux fan? Get the latest Git with Pacman.

sudo pacman -S git


A Fedora user? Load up Git with Dnf.

sudo dnf install git


A fan of OpenSUSE Linux? Install Git with Zypper.

zypper install git

Generic Linux

The Git source control program is available to all Linux operating systems, big and small. If your Linux operating system is not covered on this list, do not worry. You’ll still be able to install it by doing the following.

First, launch a terminal window. Then, search for “Git” and install it the way you typically install the software.

Download via GitHub

With the Git tool installed, use the git clone command to download the latest Ketsa icon theme files to your computer.

cd ~/Downloads

When the download is complete, you will see a folder called “ketsa-icon-theme in the home directory. Rename it to ketsa with the mv command.

mv ketsa-icon-theme ketsa

Installing Ketsa

There are two ways to install the Ketsa icon theme on Linux. The first way to install it is in single-user mode, which makes the theme available to only one user on the system. The second way to install Ketsa is system-wide mode, which makes the icon theme available to every single user. In this guide, we will demonstrate how to install it in both ways.


To install the Ketsa icon theme on your Linux PC as a single-user, do the following. First, create a folder with the name ~/.icons using the mkdir command.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

Install the Ketsa icon theme into the new ~/.icons folder using the mv command.

cd ~/Downloads

mv ketsa/ ~/.icons/


If you’d like to set up the Ketsa icon theme as system-wide on your Linux PC, here’s what to do. First, elevate the terminal window to root with the sudo -s command.

cd ~/Downloads

sudo -s

Once the terminal window is in root mode, use the mv command to place the ketsa folder into /usr/share/icons/.

mv ketsa /usr/share/icons/

Activating Ketsa

Even though the Ketsa icon theme is installed on the system, the setup process is not over. Ketsa still needs to be activated.

To activate the Ketsa icon theme on your Linux PC, open up “System Settings” on the desktop. Then, look for “Appearance” or “Icons,” and select “Ketsa” as the icon theme.

Are you having problems changing the default icon theme on your Linux desktop? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Check out our list below to learn how to set up Ketsa as your new icon theme.

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