Script to install the latest versions of some fine GNOME 3 themes
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Install GNOME Themes

This script installs the latest git versions of some fine GNOME themes into the current user's .themes folder. Run the script again whenever you want to get the latest theme updates. Many of these themes are updated frequently with bugfixes and enhancements.

It supports GNOME versions 3.22 and above.

Basic Usage

Get it:

git clone ~/install-gnome-themes

If you already have themes of the same names installed in your .themes folder, they will be deleted, so backup the folder first if you want to keep them. Other themes will not be touched.

As long as you have the requirements (see below), you can update it to its latest version and run it like so:

git -C ~/install-gnome-themes pull

To avoid rebuilding themes if there was no change, the script caches identifiers in the file .install-gnome-themes-cache in the current user's .themes folder. Delete it to force rebuilding all themes.

To change your theme, run the GNOME Tweak Tool and go to the Appearance tab. Or, you can use the command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme "GTK theme name"
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme "Shell theme name"


See install-requirements-fedora and install-requirements-debian.

In case your operating system doesn't have a sassc package, you can build it manually with install-sassc.

Supported Themes

All of these themes provide at least GTK+ theming (for both GTK+3 and GTK+2) and many also provide a shell theme. You are free to mix and match GTK+ themes with shell themes! Some themes also provide application theming (Firefox, Chrome, etc.) though you will have to install that separately. For Firefox, note that there is also a generic GNOME 3 theme that might improve its appearance for some themes, though your mileage will vary.

Unsupported Themes

These themes only work for GNOME 3.18, which used a different theme system.