How to install Ubuntu themes

This tutorial will guide you through installing new Desktop Themes in Ubuntu Linux – and provide a couple of resources to find themes.

  1. First you’ll need to find some themes to download and try out. Techie Souls has a list of 50 of the best looking Ubuntu (Gnome) themes that you can peruse, complete with download links. And is a great place to find even more themes.
  2. When you download themes, don’t uncompress them. Leave them as tar.gz files – just remember where you saved them. From the Ubuntu menu, select System -> Preferences -> Appearance.

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  4. On the Appearance Preferences page, make sure that the Theme tab is selected. Then click the Install… button.

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  6. Navigate to the theme file that you downloaded, select it, and click Open.

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  8. The theme should now install. Click OK.
  9. Click the Apply New Theme button.
  10. And Ubuntu will now apply that theme, changing the look and style of Ubuntu.

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  12. Repeat the above steps to try out other themes. That’s it!
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  • Arjun March 1, 2010, 4:18 am


  • Dan Collyer April 23, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I’m a fan of good themes and love to customize my desktop, I started searching for the best Ubuntu / Gnome Themes. I downloaded loads of them, bookmarked and saved the pages for further use. You can access what I have collected on my blog Ubuntu Dan. I hope this was helpful!

  • srk January 25, 2012, 2:09 am

    so simple and easier… i love this procedure… no need to waste time in terminal…:)

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