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:
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
Download instructions for all sorts of systems are available here.
Installing & Using
You can build and install Paper from source using Meson.
# build meson "build" --prefix=/usr # install sudo ninja -C "build" install
By default it installs to
/usr/ but you can specify a different directory with a prefix like:
After which you should be able to pick Paper as your icon or cursor theme in GNOME Tweak tool, or you can set either from a terminal with:
# set the icon theme gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme "Paper" # or the cursor theme gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-theme "Paper"
To uninstall Paper, simply run the following. (If you installed it without superuser priveleges just omit the
sudo ninja -C "build" uninstall
Once uninstalled you can reset your icon and cursor theme to the default setting by running the following.
# reset icon theme to default gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme # reset cursor theme to default gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-theme
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
- 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.