Vertex is a theme for GTK 3, GTK 2, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon
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Vertex Theme

Vertex is a theme for GTK 3, GTK 2, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon. It supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, XFCE, Budgie, Pantheon, etc. Themes for the Browsers Chrome/Chromium and Firefox are included, too.

The theme comes with three variants to choose from. The default variant with dark header-bars, a light variant, and a dark variant.

Requirements

  • At least Gnome/GTK 3.10. This theme works with all versions up to 3.22.
  • The gnome-themes-standard package
  • The murrine engine. This has different names depending on your distro.
    • gtk-engine-murrine (Arch Linux)
    • gtk2-engines-murrine (Debian, Ubuntu, elementary OS)
    • gtk-murrine-engine (Fedora)
    • gtk2-engine-murrine (openSUSE)
    • gtk-engines-murrine (Gentoo)

Main distributions that meet these requirements are

  • Arch Linux and Arch Linux based distros
  • Ubuntu 14.04 or newer
  • elementary OS Freya
  • Linux Mint 17.1
  • Debian 8, Testing or Unstable
  • Gentoo
  • Fedora 20 or newer
  • OpenSuse 13.1, 13.2, Leap 42.1 and Tumbleweed
  • Solus

Derivatives of these distributions should work, aswell.

If your distribution is not listed, please check the requirements yourself.

Installation

Important: Remove all older versions of the theme from your system before you proceed any further.

sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light,Vertex-Gnome-Shell,Vertex-Gnome-Shell-3.16,Vertex-Cinnamon}
rm -rf ~/.local/share/themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light,Vertex-Gnome-Shell,Vertex-Gnome-Shell-3.16,Vertex-Cinnamon}
rm -rf ~/.themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light,Vertex-Gnome-Shell,Vertex-Gnome-Shell-3.16,Vertex-Cinnamon}

Packages

Prebuilt packages for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE are available at

http://software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=home%3AHorst3180&package=vertex-theme

Arch Linux users can install the theme from the AUR

https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/vertex-themes

https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/vertex-themes-git/

Manual Installation

To build the theme you need

  • autoconf
  • automake
  • pkg-config or pkgconfig if you use Fedora
  • libgtk-3-dev for Debian based distros or gtk3-devel for RPM based distros
  • git if you want to clone the source directory

If your distributions doesn't ship separate development packages you just need GTK 3 instead of the -dev packages.

Install the theme with the following commands

1. Get the source

If you want to install the latest version from git, clone the repository with

git clone https://github.com/horst3180/vertex-theme --depth 1 && cd vertex-theme

If you want to install the latest stable release, run

git clone https://github.com/horst3180/vertex-theme --depth 1 && cd vertex-theme
git fetch --tags
git checkout $(git describe --tags `git rev-list --tags --max-count=1`)

or download it from https://github.com/horst3180/Vertex-theme/releases and cd into the extracted archive

2. Build and install the theme

./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr
sudo make install

Other options to pass to autogen.sh are

--disable-cinnamon         disable Cinnamon support
--disable-dark             disable Vertex Dark support
--disable-gnome-shell      disable GNOME Shell support
--disable-gtk2             disable GTK2 support
--disable-gtk3             disable GTK3 support
--disable-light            disable Vertex Light support
--disable-metacity         disable Metacity support
--disable-unity            disable Unity support
--disable-xfwm             disable XFWM support

--with-gnome=<version>     build the theme for a specific Gnome version (3.10, 3.12, 3.14, 3.16, 3.18, 3.20)
                           Note: Normally the correct version is detected automatically and this
                           option should not be needed.

After the installation is complete you can activate the theme with gnome-tweak-tool or a similar program by selecting Vertex, Vertex-Light or Vertex-Dark.

Uninstall the theme

Run

sudo make uninstall

from the same directory as this README resides in, or

sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light}

Extras

The extra directory in the same directory as this README resides in contains Chrome/Chromium and Firefox themes, a fix for the Ubuntu-Software-Center when using the dark theme, a Plank theme and an alternative metacity theme, which hides the window titles of maximized windows (doesn't work on Gnome 3.16 and up).

To install the Chrome/Chromium theme go to the extra/Chrome folder and drag and drop the Vertex.crx or Vertex-light.crx file into the Chrome/Chromium window. The source of the Chrome themes is located in the source "Chrome/source" folder.

To install the Firefox theme copy the extra/Firefox/Vertex/chrome folder to ~/.mozilla/firefox/yourprofile.default/ and restart Firefox. Make sure that the tools>options>content>colors use system colors or preferences>content>colors use system colors checkbox is unchecked. Themes for the variants Vertex-Light and Vertex-Dark are in the Firefox folder, too. Installation is the same.

To install the alternative metacity theme, copy the Vertex_alt_metacity folder to /usr/share/themes and select it as window theme.

To install the Plank theme, copy the extra/Vertex-Plank folder to ~/.local/share/plank/themes or to /usr/share/plank/themes for system-wide use. Now open the Plank preferences window by executing plank --preferences from a terminal and select Vertex-Plank as the theme.

Troubleshooting

If you get artifacts like black or invisible backgrounds under Unity, disable overlay scrollbars with

gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal

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Ubuntu-Software-Center doesn't play nice with dark themes. If you are using Vertex-Dark under Ubuntu the software center will have unreadable text. To fix this, install the Ubuntu-Software-Center fix. Instructions and relevant files are included in the extra/Ubuntu-Software-Center folder.

Bugs

If you find a bug, please report it at https://github.com/horst3180/Vertex-theme/issues

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