How to install the PurpIE Gnome Shell theme on Linux

PurpIE (AKA Rounded-Rectangle-Purple) is a Gnome Shell theme that turns your Gnome desktop from the basic black/grey/blue colors to a refreshing purple. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install PurpIE and set it up as the default theme.

Downloading PurpIE 

The PurpIE Gnome Shell theme is available for download in multiple places online. This section of the guide will go over how you can download the PurpIE theme for your Gnome Shell desktop in both methods (Gnome-look and GitHub.)

To start the download process, follow the instructions down below that corresponds with the download method you prefer. 

Gnome-look

Perhaps the easiest way to get your hands on the PurpIE Gnome Shell theme is to go to Gnome-look.org, a popular theme website. To start the download, find the “files” tab on the PurpIE page.

Inside of the “Files” tab, you’ll see a single file available for download. Look to the blue “DL” column, and click on the arrow. After clicking on the arrow, a pop-up window will appear. In this pop-up window, select the download option to allow PurpIE to download directly to your Linux PC.

GitHub

If Gnome-look isn’t your style, you’ll also be able to get the PurpIE Gnome Shell theme downloaded through GitHub via the git clone command. Some users may choose to go with Git over Gnome-look, as there is no need to extract any of the theme files once downloaded.

To download the PurpIE theme from GitHub, you’ll need to first install the “Git” tool onto your Linux PC. This program is small and easy to install and will allow you to interact with Git repos like this one.

To install Git, open up a terminal window, and follow the installation instructions below.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install git

Debian

sudo apt-get install git

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S git

Fedora

sudo dnf install git

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install git

After installing the Git tool onto your computer, downloading PurpIE is as easy as a single command. Using the git clone command in a terminal window, download the theme files.

git clone https://github.com/metro2222/-rounded-rectangle-purple-theme-.git PurpIE/

Move the theme files out of the PurpIE folder using the mv command.

mv PurpIE/Rounded-Rectangle-Purple/ ~/

Delete the PurpIE folder with rm.

rm PurpIE/

Extracting PurpIE

If you’ve chosen to download PurpIE through the Gnome-look method, your theme files come packed inside of a TarXZ archive. This archive file needs to be decompressed before the installation can begin. 

To decompress your theme files, open up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory. Then, run the tar xvf command to extract the contents of the archive.

cd ~/Downloads

tar xvf Rounded-Rectangle-Purple.tar.xz

When the extraction process is complete, a folder with the name of “Rounded-Rectangle-Purple” will appear in your “Downloads” directory. “Rounded-Rectangle-Purple” is the other name for the PurpIE theme. 

Installing PurpIE

The PurpIE Gnome Shell theme is installable in two ways on Linux. The first way of installation is known as single-user mode, which means that only the user who installs the theme can access it. The second method is system-wide, which means that no matter what user installs PurpIE, everyone will have access to it.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install PurpIE in both methods. To start the installation, follow the instructions below that corresponds with the configuration you prefer.

Single-user

Installing the PurpIE Gnome Shell theme in single-user mode, start using the mkdir command to create a new “.themes” directory. This new folder will be created in your home directory and handle the theme files for your user.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

After creating the new folder, run the command below to install the theme in single-user mode.

mv ~/Downloads/Rounded-Rectangle-Purple/ ~/.themes/

Or, if you downloaded the PurpIE theme via GitHub, run:

mv ~/Rounded-Rectangle-Purple/ ~/.themes/

System-wide

To install the PurpIE Gnome Shell theme in system-wide mode, start by accessing the “Downloads” directory where the theme files are.

cd ~/Downloads

After moving into the “Downloads” directory, you can start installing the theme files using the commands below.

sudo -s

mv Rounded-Rectangle-Purple/ /usr/share/themes/

Or, if you’ve downloaded the files from GitHub, do the following.

cd ~/

sudo -s

mv Rounded-Rectangle-Purple/ /usr/share/themes/

Enabling PurpIE

The PurpIE theme needs to be set as the default Gnome Shell theme before you can use it. Here’s how to do it. First, install the Gnome Tweaks application with the commands below. 

Ubuntu

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks

Debian

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweaks

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S gnome-tweaks

Fedora

sudo dnf install gnome-tweaks

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install gnome-tweaks

Launch the Gnome Tweaks app on your computer by searching for “Tweaks” in the Gnome app menu. Then, follow this guide to get Gnome extensions working on your system (if you don’t have this set up already).

Once Gnome Extensions are set up, install this Gnome extension that allows for custom shell themes. Then, in Tweaks, select “Appearance,” followed by “Shell,” and change it from the default to “Rounded-Rectangle-Purple” to activate PurpIE. 

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How to install the Fluent GTK theme on Linux

The Fluent GTK theme aims to bring the Windows design style to Linux. It comes in two themes: dark and light, and honestly does an excellent job of giving Linux users a “Windows-like experience.” Here’s how to set it up on your system.

Downloading Fluent GTK theme

The Fluent GTK theme is available for download on Gnome-look.org, a popular theme website that many Linux users use. To download Fluent to your Linux PC, do the following.

First, head over to the Fluent Gnome-look.org page. Once on the page, find the “Files” tab, and select it with the mouse.

Inside of the “Files” tab, you will see two versions of Fluent available for download. Select the button in the “DL” column next to the theme you wish to download to start the downloading process. 

When the download process is complete, open up a terminal window and move on to the next section of the guide.

Extracting Fluent GTK theme

To extract the Fluent GTK theme, first, move into the “Downloads” directory using the CD command. The “Downloads” directory is where the Fluent GTK theme was downloaded earlier.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, follow the instructions down below to install the Unzip program onto your computer. The Unzip utility must work with the ZIP archive that the Fluent GTK theme is packed into.

Ubuntu

To get the Unzip application set up in Ubuntu, run the Apt command below in a terminal.

sudo apt install unzip

Debian

If you are using Debian Linux, you can get the latest release of Unzip on your computer by making use of the Apt-get command below.

sudo apt-get install unzip

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, users can get the latest release of Unzip working with the following Pacman command. 

sudo pacman -S unzip

Fedora

Those using Fedora Linux have the ability to install the Unzip utility on their computers by making use of the Dnf command.

sudo dnf install unzip

OpenSUSE

If you’re using OpenSUSE Linux, you’ll be able to get Unzip up and running using the Zypper command.

sudo zypper install unzip

After installing the Unzip utility on your computer, you’ll be able to extract the Fluent GTK theme files in the ZIP archive downloaded earlier. Using the unzip command to decompress the Fluent GTK ZIP theme. 

unzip  Windows-10-Acrylic-5.1.zip

Or, if you’ve downloaded the dark variant of the Fluent GTK theme, execute the following unzip command. 

unzip Windows-10-Acrylic-Dark-5.1-dark

When the Unzip utility finishes extracting the Fluent GTK theme files, move on to the next section of the guide.

Installing Fluent GTK theme 

There are two ways to get the Fluent GTK theme working on Linux. The first way of installation is known as “single-user,” which only allows the user that installed the theme access to it. The second method of installation is known as “system-wide,” which gives every user access to the theme regardless of if it was installed by them.

In this guide, we’ll go over how to install the Fluent GTK theme in both ways. To start the installation process, open up a terminal window and follow along below.

Single-user

To start installing the Fluent GTK theme on Linux, make use of the CD command and move the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory where the theme files currently reside.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside the “Downloads” directory, make use of the mkdir command and create the “.themes” directory. This folder will house the Fluent GTK theme files in your home directory.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

After creating the new folder, run the mv command below to install the Fluent GTK theme files onto your computer in single-user mode.

mv Windows-10*/ ~/.themes

You can confirm if the installation was successful by running the following ls command.

ls ~/.themes | grep Acrylic

System-wide

To install the Fluent GTK theme in system-wide mode, start by making use of the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory where the theme files currently reside on your PC.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside the “Downloads” directory, use the sudo -s command to elevate the terminal account without leaving the “Downloads” directory. 

sudo -s

Finally, install the Fluent GTK theme to your Linux PC in system-wide mode using the mv command.

mv Windows-10*/ /usr/share/themes/

To verify that the installation was successful, execute the following ls command.

ls /usr/share/themes/ | grep Acrylic

Activating Fluent GTK theme

Fluent is now installed on your Linux PC, but you cannot use it until it is set as the default GTK theme on the desktop. To change the default theme on the Linux desktop to Fluent, do the following. 

First, open up the “System Settings” area. Once inside of “System Settings,” look around for the “Appearance” or “Themes” area, and change the default theme that the desktop is using to “Fluent” to use the Fluent GTK theme.

Are you having trouble figuring out how to change the default GTK theme on your Linux PC? Take a look at the list of links below for guidance on how to customize your desktop environment.

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How to install the MGT GTK theme on Linux

MGT is a modern theme that is based on the Materia GTK theme. It comes in 4 different colors (Grey, Semi-Dark, Light, and Dark) and brings the Google Material Design look that many Linux users love. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the MGT GTK theme on Linux.

Downloading MGT GTK theme

The MGT GTK theme is available for download via Gnome-look.org, a popular theme download site for Linux users. To get your hands on MGT, do the following.

First, head over to the MGT Gnome-look.org page, and click on the “Files” tab. Inside of the “Files” tab, you will see four choices of downloads available. Click on the blue button in the “DL” column to download the version of MGT you like. 

Once the downloading process is complete, open up a terminal window and move on to the next section of the guide.

Extracting MGT GTK theme

The MGT GTK Theme comes packed as a ZIP archive. As a result, we must demonstrate how to install the Unzip utility before continuing with this guide. To install the Unzip utility on your computer, launch a terminal window. 

Once the terminal window is open, follow the command-line installation instructions down below that corresponds with the Linux OS you currently use.

Ubuntu

If you’re using Ubuntu, you’ll be able to get Unzip up and running using the Apt command below.

sudo apt install unzip

Debian

Are you a Debian Linux user? Need to get Unzip working? Try running the following Apt-get command in a terminal.

sudo apt-get install unzip

Arch Linux

Those on Arch Linux can install the latest release of Unzip using the following Pacman command in a terminal window.

sudo pacman -S unzip

Fedora

If you’re a Fedora fan and need to get Unzip working, execute the following Dnf command in a terminal window.

sudo dnf install unzip

OpenSUSE

Those using OpenSUSE Linux can get the Unzip application up and running using the following Zypper command.

sudo zypper install unzip

After installing the Unzip utility onto your computer, make use of the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory where the MGT GTK theme file was previously downloaded.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, the extraction process can begin. Using the unzip command below, extract the MGT theme ZIP archive.

unzip MGT-*.zip

When the Unzip utility is finished, move on to the next section of the guide.

Installing MGT GTK theme 

The MGT GTK theme can be installed on Linux systems in two ways. The first way to install the theme is known as “single-user,” which means that only the user that installs it has access to it. The second way of installation is “System-wide,” which means all users can access the theme no matter who installed it.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the MGT GTK theme in both ways. To start the installation process, open up a terminal window and follow the installation instructions down below.

Single-user

To install the MGT GTK theme in single-user mode, start by creating the “.themes” directory in your home folder. This folder holds all theme files for single-user mode.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

After creating the new “.themes” folder, make use of the mv command and move the MGT GTK theme files from the “Downloads” directory into the newly created “.themes” folder.

cd ~/Downloads
mv MGT-*/ ~/.themes/

After moving the MGT theme files into the newly created “.themes” folder, the installation is complete. You can now take a look at the “.themes” folder to confirm that the files are indeed there.

ls ~/.themes | grep MGT

System-wide

To install the MGT GTK theme in system-wide mode, start by using the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory in which the MGT GTK theme files reside on your computer.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside the “Downloads” directory, use the sudo -s command to log into the root account without leaving your user account’s “Downloads” directory where the MGT GTK theme files reside.

sudo -s

After elevating the terminal to the root account, make use of the mv command to place the theme files in the /usr/share/themes/ directory.

mv MGT-*/ /usr/share/themes/

Once the files have been moved, the installation is complete. To verify that the installation went well, run the ls command on the theme directory.

ls /usr/share/themes/ | grep MGT

Activating MGT GTK theme

The MGT GTK theme is now installed on your Linux PC, but you cannot use it yet. Before you can enjoy MGT, you need to change the default settings on your Linux desktop to use MGT as the default theme.

To change the default theme on your Linux desktop, do the following. First, open up the “System Settings” area. Once in the “System Settings” area, look for “Theme” or “Appearance” and change the default theme to MGT to start using MGT. 

If you cannot figure out how to change the default theme on the Linux desktop you are currently using, take a look at the list below for guidance.

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How to install the Inverse icon theme on Linux

Inverse is a circular icon theme, similar to Numix Circle and other circular Linux icon themes. What makes Inverse stand out is that it does a great job incorporating modern design to its icons that give it a professional look. Here’s how to get Inverse working on your Linux PC.

Download Inverse on Linux

The Inverse icon theme is hosted on Gnome-look.org, as well as on GitHub. In this guide, we’ll focus on the Gnome-look.org version of the icon theme, as it has a wider variety of choices available for download. That said, you can get the GitHub release of the icon theme here.

To download the latest release of the Inverse icon theme on your Linux PC, do the following. First, head over to the Inverse Gnome-look.org page. Then, find the “Files” tab, and click on it. Look through the “Files” tab to download the Inverse icon theme version you would like to install on your PC. 

Extracting Inverse on Linux 

The Inverse icon theme is distributed via Gnome-look.org in a compressed TarXZ archive. Icon themes will not work on Linux unless they are loose files, so we must demonstrate how to extract the contents of the archive before continuing. 

To start the extraction process, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Once you have the terminal window open, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

Once inside the “Downloads” directory, follow the command-line extraction instructions outlined below to get your Inverse icon theme files decompressed from the TarXZ archive.

cd ~/Downloads

Inverse Red

To extract Inverse Red, run the following command.

tar xvf Inverse-red.tar.xz

Inverse Purple

To decompress Inverse Purple, run the command below.

tar xvf Inverse-purple.tar.xz

Inverse Pink

Need to extract Inverse Pink? Run the following command.

tar xvf Inverse-pink.tar.xz

Inverse Orange

To get Inverse Orange decompressed, run the command below.

tar xvf Inverse-orange.tar.xz

Inverse Grey

To extract Inverse Grey, run the following command.

tar xvf Inverse-grey.tar.xz

Inverse Green

To get your hands on Inverse Green, run the extraction command below.

tar xvf Inverse-green.tar.xz

Inverse Brown

To extract Inverse Brown, run the following command.

tar xvf Inverse-brown.tar.xz

Inverse Blue

To extract Inverse Blue, run the command below.

tar xvf Inverse-blue.tar.xz

Inverse Black

To decompress Inverse Black, run the following command.

tar xvf Inverse-black.tar.xz

Inverse

To extract the Inverse archive, run the command below.

tar xvf Inverse.tar.xz

Once the files are decompressed, you will see “Inverse” folders appear in your “Downloads” directory. These folders contain the icon files you will need to install to use the Inverse icon theme. From here, move on to the next section of the guide.

Installing Inverse on Linux

It is possible to install the Inverse icon theme in two ways on Linux. The first way is known as single-user, which only gives the person who sets up the theme access. The second way is system-wide, which makes the theme available to all users of the system. 

In this guide, we will cover both installation methods for Inverse. To get started, launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, once the terminal window is open, follow the instructions below.

Single-user

To install the Inverse icon theme in single-user mode, start by moving the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory with the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the "Downloads" directory, make use of the mkdir command to create the ".icons" folder in your home directory.
mkdir -p ~/.icons

Finally, install the Inverse icon theme in single-user mode with the mv command.

mv Inverse*/ ~/.icons/

System-wide

To install the Inverse icon theme on Linux in system-wide mode, start by moving the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory with the CD command. 

cd ~/Downloads

Now that the terminal is in the “Downloads” directory elevate the terminal session to the root user using sudo -s.

sudo -s

Finally, install the Inverse icon theme in system-wide mode using the following mv command.

mv Inverse*/ /usr/share/icons/

Activating Inverse on Linux

The Inverse icon theme is now installed on your Linux PC, but you cannot use it yet. To use Inverse, you must first access your system settings area and change the default icon theme to “Inverse.” Here’s how to do it.

First, open up “System Settings” on your Linux PC. Then, search for “Appearance” settings or “Icons.” Once in “Appearance” or “Icons,” change the default icons to “Inverse” to start using the Inverse Icon theme on Linux.

Are you having trouble figuring out how to enable Inverse on your Linux PC? Take a look at the list below and click on the link that matches the Linux desktop you use to learn how to change icon themes.

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How to install the Flatery icon theme on Linux

Flatery is a new icon theme (currently in Beta) that showcases beautiful flat design. If you love icon themes like Papirus, Paper, and others, you should check out Flatery too! Here’s how to get it working on Linux!

Downloading Flatery on Linux 

The Flatery icon theme is available to all Linux users through the Gnome-look.org theme website, as well as on GitHub, as source files. In this guide, we’ll focus on Gnome-look, as it is the most user-friendly way to download the icon files. To download a copy of the Flatery icon theme for your Linux PC, do the following.

First, head over to the Flatery icon theme page on Gnome-look.org. Once there, find the “Files” tab, and click on it with the mouse. After clicking on the “Files” tab, you will notice 11 download choices. Look through the 11 download choices until you’ve found the one you like. Then, click on the blue button in the “DL” column to download the icons to your Linux PC.

Extracting Flatery on Linux

Icon themes on Linux only work if they are in a folder with the icon’s name. As a result, we must extract the contents of the Flatery icon theme archive downloaded from Gnome-look.org, before attempting to install the theme on your Linux PC.

To start the extraction, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Once the terminal window is open, follow the extraction commands outlined below that correspond with the theme pack you have downloaded to your Linux PC.

First, CD into the “Downloads” directory where your icon files were extracted.

cd ~/Downloads

Traditional Flatery icons

To extract the traditional Flatery icons on Linux, run the following command.

tar xvf Flatery.tar.xz

Flatery dark

Extract Flatery Dark with the command below.

tar xvf Flatery-Dark.tar.xz

Flatery Pink

Need to extract Flatery Pink? Run the command below.

tar xvf Flatery-Pink.tar.xz

Flatery Blue

Extract the Flatery Blue theme pack with the following command.

tar xvf Flatery-Blue.tar.xz

Flatery Yellow

To extract the Flatery Yellow icon pack, run the command below in a terminal.

tar xvf Flatery-Yellow.tar.xz

Flatery Teal

To extract Flatery Teal, execute the following command in a terminal window.

tar xvf Flatery-Teal.tar.xz

Flatery Orange

To extract Flatery Orange, run the command below in a terminal.

tar xvf Flatery-Orange.tar.xz

Flatery Sky

Need to get your hands on Flatery Sky? Run the command below.

tar xvf Flatery-Sky.tar.xz

Flatery Indigo

Flatery Indigo can be extracted with the following command.

tar xvf Flatery-Indigo.tar.xz

Flatery Master

Want to extract Flatery Master? Run the command below in a terminal window.

tar xvf flatery-master.tar.gz

Installing Flatery on Linux

There are multiple ways to install the Flatery icon theme on Linux. The first method of installation is single-user. The single-user installation allows only the user that installs the icon theme to access it. The second method of installation is system-wide, which makes the icon files available to all users, regardless of if they’ve installed it or not. In this guide, we will cover both.

Single-user

To install the Flatery icon theme in single-user mode, start out by launching a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, use the mkdir -p command to create a new directory inside of your home directory with the name of “.icons.”

mkdir -p .icons

With the new folder created, it is time to move the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory, where the Flatery icon files were extracted earlier in the guide. Using the CD command, move into “Downloads.”

cd ~/Downloads

Using the mv command, install the Flatery icon theme in single-user mode by placing the files into “.icons.”

mv Flatery*/ ~/.icons/

System-wide

To install the Flatery icon theme in system-wide mode, start out by opening up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory, where the Flatery icon files were previously extracted.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, elevate the command-line session to the root user, as it is required to install the icons in system-wide mode.

sudo -s

Install the icons into the /usr/share/icons/ directory using the following mv command below.

Flatery*/ /usr/share/icons/

Activating Flatery on Linux

The Flatery icon theme is set up on your Linux PC, but you won’t be able to use it until it is set as the default icon theme on the desktop environment you use. To set it as default, do the following. First, launch “Settings” and look for “Appearance” or “Icons.” Then, change the default icon theme to “Flatery.”

Can’t figure out how to change the default icons on your Linux PC? Check out the links in the list below to learn how to customize the icons on the Linux desktop you currently use.

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