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How to install the Antu icon theme on Linux

Antu is a beautiful KDE icon theme that redesigns the drab, default Breeze look into a colorful, stylish one. It’s a great icon theme to use if you find the stock KDE icons dull.

While Antu is a re-imagining of the KDE Plasma desktop’s Breeze icons, it also is compatible with all other mainstream Linux environments. Here’s how to get Antu working on your Linux system.

Install Git on Linux

The Antu icon theme is hosted on GitHub and is under active development there. As a result, if you want to get your hands on the icons, you must install the “Git” tool. Sadly, on many Linux operating systems, this tool is not installed by default.

To install the Git tool on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, with the terminal window open, follow the command-line instructions that correspond with your Linux OS.


On Ubuntu, install Git with the following Apt command.

sudo apt install git


Those on Debian Linux can install Git with Apt-get.

sudo apt-get install git

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, install Git with the Pacman command.

sudo pacman -S git


On Fedora Linux, the Git application is already installed. However, if it isn’t, use the following dnf command.

sudo dnf install git


Install the Git tool on OpenSUSE Linux with the Zypper command.

sudo zypper install git

Downloading Antu icons on Linux

Now that the Git tool is installed on Linux, it is time to download the latest release of the Antu icon theme. To do that, open up a terminal window and use the git clone command below.

git clone https://github.com/fabianalexisinostroza/Antu-icons.git

Allow the git clone command to download the Antu icon files to your Linux PC. When the download is complete, a folder labeled “Antu-icons” will show up in the home directory (~). Verify the files in the “Antu-icons” folder with the command below.

ls ~/Antu-icons

Installing Antu icons on Linux

There are two ways to install the Antu icon theme on Linux. The first way is as a single-user, where only the user that sets up the icons will be able to use it in their desktop environment. The second way is system-wide, which makes the icon files available to every single Linux user that logs into the desktop. In this guide, we will go over both ways of setting up Antu.

Install for single-user

To install the Antu icons on your Linux PC as a single-user, start by using the mkdir command to create a new folder with the label of “.icons” in the home directory. The “.icons” folder is where the Antu icons will go.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

After creating the “.icons” folder on your Linux PC, use the mv command to place the “Antu icons” inside of it.

mv ~/Antu-icons/ ~/.icons/

Once the “Antu-icons” folder is inside of the “.icons” directory, the installation is complete. To verify that the installation went successfully, run the ls command below.

ls ~/.icons | grep Antu-icons

If the installation doesn’t go right, you won’t see “Antu-icons” in the terminal prompt. To fix this issue, re-run the installation instructions.

Install system-wide

To install the Antu icon theme system-wide, you must gain root access in the Linux terminal. The reason root is required is that it is not possible to modify system icons with a traditional user.

Log in to the root user in your terminal window by using the sudo -s command. Do not use su! By logging into root with sudo -s, you stay in the home directory, where the “Antu-icons” folder is.

sudo -s

Once the terminal window has root access, use the mv command to install Antu icons.

mv Antu-icons/ /usr/share/icons/

Verify that the installation was successful by running the following ls command.

ls /usr/share/icons/ | grep Antu-icons

If the installation is successful, “Antu-icons” will appear in the terminal prompt. If it isn’t, re-run the commands above and try again.

Activate Antu icon theme on Linux

Now that the Antu icon theme is installed on your Linux PC, it must be activated so that your desktop environment is using it as the default icon theme.

To change the default icon theme on Linux, open up “System Settings” and look for “Appearance” or “Icons.” From there, look through the list of icons and change it to “Antu.” As soon as the default icon theme on the desktop is changed to “Antu” in the settings, all icons should instantly update to the new theme.

Are you having issues setting the Antu icon theme on your Linux desktop environment? Check out the list below for help on setting icon themes on Linux!


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