Paper Icons
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Latest commit f05f022 Jan 2, 2017 @snwh v.1.4.0

Paper Icon Theme

Paper is a modern freedesktop icon theme whose design is based around the use of bold colours and simple geometric shapes to compose icons. Each icon has been meticulously designed for pixel-perfect viewing.

While it does take some inspiration from the icons in Google's Material Design, some aspects have been adjusted to better suit a desktop environment.

Copying or Reusing

Paper is licenced under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike. When reusing this work be sure to include a proper attribution:

"Paper Icons" by Sam Hewitt is licensed under CC-SA-4.0

Software that is included is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License

Downloading Paper

Download instructions are available on the official site.

Build & Install

You can build and install the Paper icon themes from source, provide you have gnome-common installed on your system.

sudo make install

Missing Icons & Requests

You can file an icon request as a GitHub issue. Filing an icon request or reporting a missing icon, please take care in providing the following useful information:

  • A screenshot of your issue or an image of the original icon you are requesting to be themed
  • The file name for the missing icon or the requested icon, for example gimp.png or system-shutdown.svg
  • A short description of the application or software that you are requesting an icon for.

Note: some software ships hardcoded icons, meaning when you install icons are not placed in the system-wide directory /usr/share/icons which makes them unthemeable.

Help & Support

You can visit the support channel #Paper-Chat on Freenode for questions and discussion or join the Gitter chat:

Join the chat at


You can also support the development of Paper by donating. Donations are much appreciated. 😊