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How to install the MyColor GTK theme

Wishing your Linux desktop environment matched your favorite color? If so, you may want to check out the MyColor GTK theme. It’s a huge package of different desktop themes, available in almost every color!

MyColor’s design is flat, like a lot of the popular GTK themes out there. However, unlike many of the other flat themes, MyColor doesn’t follow Google’s Material Design trend. Instead, it has its own unique design, that looks very modern and sleek!

Download MyColor

The MyColor GTK theme isn’t one theme; it is a package of multiple themes with different color choices. There are many colors to choose from on the download page, like white, green, red, purple, pink, orange, brown, grey, and many more!

To download one of these themes, head over to the “Files” section of the MyColor page. Once on the files page, press Ctrl + F and type in the color of the theme, you prefer. Alternatively, scroll through and make a selection.

Let the MyColor TarGZ archive download to your Linux PC. When downloading is complete, launch a terminal window and use the CD command and move to the ~/Downloads folder on your Linux computer.

cd ~/Downloads

Once in the folder, run the ls command and view the contents of the Downloads directory. Running the ls command will reveal the name of the MyColor theme archive folder we need.

ls

Or, to single out TarGZ files in the folder, try:

ls *.tar.gz

Extract MyColor

Ok, so you’ve got your MyColor GTK theme archive in the Downloads folder, and thanks to the ls tool, you know the filename. At this point, the archive must be decompressed. Using the tar command, extract your MyColor GTK theme.

Note: be sure to replace the COLOR portion of the command below to whichever color you chose to download.

tar -xzvf myCOLOR.tar.gz

Alternatively, for the AI packs, do:

tar -xzvf Ai-COLOR.tar.gz

With the theme archive fully extracted from the TarGZ file, use the CD command and move into the extracted folder.

cd mycolor

or

cd Ai-COLOR

Once again, run the ls command. Take a look at the files inside, and ensure it matches what is available on Gnome-look.org. If everything looks good, follow the instructions below and set up the MyColor GTK theme on your Linux PC.

Install MyColor GTK theme

Do you plan to use MyColor on a computer with only one user? If this is the case, you must install the theme as a single-user, in the home directory. You can also install it system-wide if you want to.

Single User

To set up the theme in your home folder, create the .themes directory with the mkdir command.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

After creating a new .themes directory, move the theme files into it and finish up the installation.

mv ~/Downloads/myCOLOR ~/.themes

or

mv ~/Downloads/Ai-COLOR/ ~/.themes

System-wide

Need to set up the MyColor GTK theme for every user on your Linux PC? Install it system-wide to /usr/share/themes/ with the sudo command.

sudo mv ~/Downloads/myCOLOR /usr/share/themes

or

sudo mv ~/Downloads/Ai-COLOR/ /usr/share/themes

Icons for MyColor

There isn’t an official icon-set to use with MyColor, and the developer doesn’t ask the user to try out a specific theme. However, given that this is a modern, flat GTK theme it might be a good idea to use something like Flat Remix or Papirus, as these icons will complement the overall look that MyColor is trying to go for.

Alternatively, if you’re not a fan of Papirus or Flat Remix icon themes, feel free to check the icon section of Gnome-look.org. They’ve got tons of good icon sets ready to download!

Enable MyColor GTK theme

The installation of the MyColor GTK theme is complete, though, you won’t be able to use this theme right way. To use MyColor on your favorite Linux desktop environment, you must set it as the default GTK theme. To set it as default, open up the application menu and search for “system settings.”

In the system settings area, find “Appearance,” “themes,” or something similar and click on it to access the skin settings area for your desktop. Then, use the menu and change the GTK skin from the current default to your MyColor theme.

Are you having trouble changing the default desktop theme to MyColor? We can help! Take a look at the list below, and click on the link that matches the desktop environment you’re currently using.  Each of the links below point to an in-depth walk-through of how to customize and configure custom desktop themes, change icons and much more!

Note: MyColor is a GTK-based theme, so it will not work on desktop environments like KDE Plasma 5, LXQt, or other setups that do not use GTK.

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