Themes

Top 30 Best Ubuntu Themes That Will Blow Your Mind

Best Ubuntu Themes
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Over the last year, we covered different themes for Ubuntu; most of them being GTK themes inspired by material design and flat design. It has been a while since our last theme article and I figure today will be a day to present you with a somewhat mega list.

My compilation includes a few themes already featured on FossMint together with others you probably haven’t heard about yet. If you are keen on personalization and UI beauty then I’m sure that my compilation will blow your mind.

Theme Installation

The following installation instructions are similar for every other theme available in a compressed format with the only difference being the specific theme you select.

  • Download your preferred variant theme.
  • Extract the zip file to ~/.themes/ directory in your Home folder.
  • Use GNOME/Unity Tweak Tool to select the theme.

1. ArcMPD Theme

ArcMPD is, as the name implies, an Arc-based translucent GTK theme for Minimalists.

ArcMPD Theme Icons

ArcMPD Theme Icons

Download ArcMPD Theme

2. Flat Remix Gnome Theme

Flat Remix Gnome theme is currently my favorite shell theme on this list. It is modern, beautiful and simple theme inspired on material design with a modern “flat” colors with high contrasts and sharp borders. It comes with its own icon pack! and also available in Light and Dark version.

Flat Remix Gnome Theme

Flat Remix Gnome Theme

Install Flat Remix Gnome theme using following PPA in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:daniruiz/flat-remix
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install flat-remix-gnome

On Fedora based distributions.

$ sudo dnf copr enable daniruiz/flat-remix
$ sudo dnf install flat-remix-gnome

3. Ant Theme

Ant theme is a modern flat GTK theme with an eye candy UI and 3 color variants, Ant, Ant Dracula, and Ant Bloody.

Ant Themes for Linux

Ant Themes for Linux

Download Ant Theme

4. Canta Theme

Canta theme is an eye candy flat Material design theme with glossy eye-candy tabs and windows with rounded border-radius.

Canta Theme for Ubuntu

Canta Theme for Ubuntu

Download Canta Theme

5. Paper Theme

The Paper theme, being of the Paper project, is one of the best themes available today and you can set it up together with its icon set and custom cursors.

Paper Theme for Ubuntu

Paper Theme for Ubuntu

Install Paper theme using following PPA in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/pulp
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install paper-gtk-theme

# if you want to install the icons and colors
$ sudo apt-get install paper-icon-theme
$ sudo apt-get install paper-cursor-theme

6. Arc Theme

Arc theme, arguably the most popular and modern flat GTK Theme with transparent elements and 3 variants, Arc, Arc-Darker, and Arc-Dark.

Arc Theme for Ubuntu

Arc Theme for Ubuntu

Install Arc theme, add repository and install manually on Ubuntu 18.04 as shown.

$ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Horst3180/xUbuntu_18.04/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:Horst3180.list"
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install arc-theme

On Fedora 25 distributions.

# dnf config-manager --add-repo https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:Horst3180/Fedora_25/home:Horst3180.repo
# dnf install arc-theme

Download Arc Theme

7. United GNOME

United GNOME is a Unity-inspired theme for the Gnome shell. It allows you to keep the Unity look & feel while maintaining the excellent functionality of the Gnome desktop.

United Gnome Light Theme

United Gnome Light Theme

Download United Gnome Theme

  Pop GTK Theme - An Eye Candy Theme for Unity & GNOME

8. Matcha Theme

Matcha theme is a beautiful flat Arc-based theme with transparent elements. It is the perfect dark mode GTK theme with even multiple ARC variants for window control buttons.

Matcha Theme for Ubuntu

Matcha Theme for Ubuntu

Download Matcha Theme

9. Blue Face Theme

Blue Face is a GTK theme was developed with Facebook lovers in mind as it allows you to give your desktop a Facebook-like look with its overall blue color scheme.

Facebook Like Theme for Ubuntu

Facebook Like Theme for Ubuntu

Download Blue Face Theme

10. Adapta Theme

Adapta is a modern beautiful and adaptive theme that was built according to Material Design guidelines with dependence on Material Design resources especially its fonts.

Adapta Theme for Ubuntu

Adapta Theme for Ubuntu

Install Adapta GTK theme using following PPA in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:tista/adapta
$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt-get install adapta-gtk-theme

On Fedora based distributions.

$ sudo dnf install adapta-gtk-theme-gtk2 adapta-gtk-theme-gtk3 gnome-shell-theme-adapta

Download Adapta Theme

11. Pop Theme

Pop is an eye candy Adapta-inspired theme reminiscent of Unity’s color scheme with its brown and orange color settings.

Pop Theme for Ubuntu

Pop Theme for Ubuntu

Install Pop theme using following PPA in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:system76/pop
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install pop-theme

Download Pop Theme

12. Vimix Theme

Vimix is a flat Material design theme based on nana-4. Its beautifully crafted icons will give your desktop a glossy look which comes in 3 variants, Grey, Doder, and Ruby.

Vimix Theme for Ubuntu

Vimix Theme for Ubuntu

Install Vimit theme using following PPA in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vimix-flat-themes

Download Vimix Theme

13. Qogir Theme

Qogir is a flat design Arc-based theme with blue and white overall color scheme and a dark shell theme variant. As far as I’m concerned, Qogir is the cooler sibling of Blue Face and is bound to improve your overall desktop experience.

Qogir Theme for Ubuntu

Qogir Theme for Ubuntu

Download Qogir Theme

14. Materia-Theme

Materia (formerly Flat-Plat) is a beautiful Material Design theme that has a built-in compatibility with Oomox theme designer.

What makes it even more awesome is its support for Ripple effect animations and it comes with 3 color variants and 2 size variants.

Materia Theme for Ubuntu

Materia Theme for Ubuntu

Install Materia Remix Gnome theme using following PPA in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

$ sudo apt install materia-gtk-theme

On Fedora based distributions.

$ sudo dnf copr enable tcg/themes
$ sudo dnf install materia-theme

You can also install three variants (Materia, Materia-dark, Materia-light) via Flathub using following commands.

$ flatpak remote-add flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
$ flatpak install flathub org.gtk.Gtk3theme.Materia
$ flatpak install flathub org.gtk.Gtk3theme.Materia-dark
$ flatpak install flathub org.gtk.Gtk3theme.Materia-light

Download Materia Theme

15. Aqua Shell Theme

Aqua Shell theme features an overall blue color scheme that is quite different from Blue Face. I assume fans of DC Comic’s Aquaman will love it the most.

Aqua Shell Theme for Ubuntu

Aqua Shell Theme for Ubuntu

Download Aqua Shell Theme

16. macOS High Sierra Theme

macOS High Sierra is a perfect shell theme for a complete macOS UI/UX on Ubuntu and its dark version is available in the form of macOS High Sierra DARK.

macOS High Sierra Theme for Ubuntu

macOS High Sierra Theme for Ubuntu

Download macOS High Sierra Theme

  Oomox - Generate Color Variants of Numix GTK2/GTK3 Themes

17. Minimal Conception Theme

Minimal Conception’s aim is to provide you with a simple interface that will keep clutter away from your workspace and maintain minimalist beauty at the same time.

Minimal Conception Theme for Ubuntu

Minimal Conception Theme for Ubuntu

Download Minimal Conception Theme

18. Windows 10 Light Theme

How would you like to experience Windows? with this Windows 10 Light Theme’s latest UI on your GNOME or Unity desktop? Download this one and see if it doesn’t win your heart.

Windows Light Theme for Ubuntu

Windows Light Theme for Ubuntu

Download Windows 10 Light Theme

19. Sector-X Theme

Sector-X sounds like a theme developed in a secret alien lab, and maybe it is. It is a dark back shell theme that will give your desktop a ninja persona.

Sector-X Theme for Ubuntu

Sector-X Theme for Ubuntu

Download Sector-X Theme

20. Axiom Theme

Axiom,/a> is based on the Arc-Dark theme with the aim to provide users with a more reliable dark GTK theme than the original and more spacious desktop.

Axiom Theme for Ubuntu

Axiom Theme for Ubuntu

Download Axiom Theme

21. NumixPack Theme

If you’re not already familiar with the Numix project then you are missing. Numix Pack is a flat, material design-inspired theme that comes with its own icon set and color variants!

NumixPack Theme for Ubuntu

NumixPack Theme for Ubuntu

Download NumixPack Theme

22. Copernico Theme

As you might have guessed, Copernico Theme is inspired by flat design and you can edit and compile its SCSS files for further customization.

Copernico Theme for Ubuntu

Copernico Theme for Ubuntu

Download Copernico Theme

23. T4G-Shell-theme III

T4G-Shell-theme III is a transparent dark shell theme variant of the T4G Shell theme, however, you can use it as a stand-alone shell theme. This is a good choice if you’re a fan of Windows’ translucent UI feature.

T4G Shell Theme for Ubuntu

T4G Shell Theme for Ubuntu

Download T4G-Shell-theme III

24. Glassfull Theme

Glassful is a transparent theme featuring slightly sharp corners with blue-based transparent elements. Just likeT4G-Shell-theme, Glassfull features a translucent app background.

Glassfull Theme for Ubuntu

Glassfull Theme for Ubuntu

Download Glassfull Theme

25. Granite Theme

Granite is a cleaned up and simplified Gnome theme that is inspired by GTK’s popular color scheme and dark theme layout.

Granite Theme for Ubuntu

Granite Theme for Ubuntu

Download Granite Theme

26. Human Shell Theme Collection

The Human Shell Theme Collection features a grey semi-transparent color scheme and layout that remains true and yet modern to the typical Gnome look.

It is available in 3 variants, default, mobile, black, and next; and works best with macOS-like icons and macOS-like docks.

Human Shell Theme Collection

Human Shell Theme Collection

Download Human Shell Theme Collection

27. Darqlassic Theme

Darqlassic is a simpler modified dark theme version of Gnome 3.16’s standard theme. You can edit the SCSS file in the gnome-shell/gnome-shell-sass/_color.scss by running sass --sourcemap=none --update in the gnome-shell folder. Don’t forget to hit Ctrl + F2 to refresh the theme each time you update it.

Darqlassic Theme for Ubuntu

Darqlassic Theme for Ubuntu

Download Darqlassic Theme

28. Ambrosia Theme

Ambrosia is for fans of a dark blue UI and it provides the best performance and functions when used in conjunction with the Dash to Dock extension e.g. you will have a focus indicator on the currently open application.

Ambrosia Theme for Ubuntu

Ambrosia Theme for Ubuntu

Download Ambrosia Theme

29. Vertex Theme

Vertex is a cool 3-color-variant theme that features a modern element scheme true to the typical Gnome look. It comes with 3 variants including the default variant with dark header-bars, a dark variant, and a light variant.

Vertex Theme for Ubuntu

Vertex Theme for Ubuntu

Download Vertex Theme

30. Petitlepton Theme

Petitlepton is a beautiful theme inspired by Adwaita and Material Design so you can trust it to be minimalist and clean-looking.

Petitlepton Theme for Ubuntu

Petitlepton Theme for Ubuntu

Download Petitlepton Theme

That concludes my list! Did I mention your favorite picks? Did I blow your mind? Perhaps I left out awesome shell themes that you’ve enjoyed using.

Let me know your suggestions in the discussion box below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.