How to install the OieIcons icon theme on Linux

OieIcons is a fun modification of the KDE Breeze icon theme, mixed in with Numix, Papirus, and others. It’s a beautiful icon theme to use on KDE Plasma 5, Gnome Shell, or other desktops if you’re looking for something neat and fresh. Here’s how to install it on your system.

Get Git on Linux

The OieIcons icon theme is hosted on Opencode. To interact with this website, you must use the Git application. To use the app, it needs to be installed. Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. From there, follow the command-line instructions that correspond with your Linux operating system to get

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

Generic Linux

If you need to install the Git application on a Linux operating system that was not covered in this post, please go over to Pkgs.org to get your copy of the program. Or, download the source code here to get it working on your system.

Download OieIcons icon theme

The OieIcons theme is hosted on Opencode.net, a website that developers can use for source control. It is identical to GitHub, in that if you want to download files from it, you must use the git clone command. So, use the following command below to get your copy of OieIcons.

git clone https://www.opencode.net/adhe/oieicons.git

The downloading process will not take long. When everything is done, everything will be in the “oieicons” directory. You can run the ls command below to verify all of the files are there.

ls oieicons

If the ls command shows that all files are in the “oieicons” directory, move on to the next step in the installation process. Otherwise, re-run the git clone command and try again.

Install OieIcons icon theme

Installing icons on Linux can be done in two ways. The first way is known as “single-user,” as only one person will have access to the icon theme. The second way is called “system-wide,” which means that every user on the system can access it. In this guide, we’ll go over both.

Single-user

To install the OieIcons theme on your Linux PC, you must first create a new directory in your home folder with the name of “.icons”. To create this new folder, use the mkdir command below.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

After creating the new folder, you can verify that it is in the home directory with the ls -a command below.

ls -a

When you’ve verified that the new “.icons” folder is in your home directory, it’s time to start the installation of OieIcons. Using the mv command, place the “oieicons” folder into the “.icons” folder you just made.

mv oieicons ~/.icons/

Once the files are moved into the “.icons” folder, you can verify that the installation was successful by using the ls command and the grep pipe.

ls ~/.icons | grep "oieicons"

Running the ls command above along with grep will print out “oieicons” if it was indeed installed correctly. If it wasn’t, follow the installation instructions again, as something may have gone wrong.

System-wide

Installing the OieIcon theme on Linux in system-wide mode means directly interacting with the system directory on your PC. To gain access to this folder, you must log in with the Root account. Using the sudo -s command, log in as root.

sudo -s

After logging into the terminal as the root user, the icon theme installation can finally begin. Using the mv command, place the “OieIcons” folder into the “/usr/share/icons/” directory.

mv oieicons/ /usr/share/icons/

Once the icon files have been moved to the “/usr/share/icons/” directory, you can verify that the installation was successful by running the ls command along with the grep pipe.

ls /usr/share/icons/ | grep oieicons

The command above will filter through the icons directory for the OieIcon theme. If the files are correctly installed, it will show “oieicons” in the results. If nothing comes up, the installation has failed, and you must follow the instructions again, as something may have gone wrong during the setup process.

Enable OieIcons icon theme on Linux

OieIcons is installed on your Linux PC, but it is not enabled as the default icon theme. You must manually enable OieIcons on your system for it to be your icon theme.

Enabling the OieIcons theme on the Linux desktop is easy. To do it, start by opening up “System Settings.” Once open, look through for “Icons” or “Appearance.” Then, change the current icon theme to “OieIcons.” It should instantly apply to your desktop environment.

Need help getting the OieIcons working on your Linux desktop environments? Check out our list below for help applying icon themes.

 

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How to install the Nordic GTK theme on Linux

Nordic is an interesting dark GTK theme for Linux. The color scheme for Nordic is very blue/dark gray, with a light green accent. Perfect for those looking for a nice, stylish dark GTK theme for the desktop. In this guide, we’ll go over how to install it.

Install Git on Linux

The Nordic GTK theme is available on GitHub, and the code is open and viewable. To get this theme set up and working, you must first install the Git package on your Linux PC. To do that, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, when the terminal is open, follow the command line 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

Generic Linux

If you need to install the Git application on a lesser-known Linux operating system, head over to Pkgs.org to get your copy of the program. Alternatively, download the source code here to get it working.

Download Nordic GTK theme

To download the Nordic GTK theme on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window with Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the git clone command down below.

git clone https://github.com/EliverLara/Nordic.git

After running the git clone command, a folder with the name “Nordic” in your home directory (~).  To confirm that all of the files for this theme is in the “Nordic” directory, run the following ls command in terminal.

ls Nordic

Assuming all of the files are in the “Nordic” directory, move on to the installation instructions in the next section. Otherwise, delete the folder and re-run the git clone command to get the theme.

Install Nordic GTK theme

On Linux, GTK themes can be installed in multiple ways. The first way is “single-user,” which means that only the current user has access to the theme in their home directory. The second method of installation is “system-wide,” which gives every single user on the system the ability to use the theme. In this guide, we will demonstrate both ways of installing Nordic.

Single-user

To install the Nordic GTK theme on your Linux PC, you must start by creating a new folder with the name of “.themes” in your home directory (~). To create this new folder, use the mkdir command.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

Verify that the new “.themes” folder is in the home directory by running the ls -a command in a terminal window.

ls -a

Once you’ve verified that the folder is in the home directory on your system, use the mv command to place the “Nordic” theme files into the “.themes” folder.

mv ~/Nordic ~/.themes/

Once the installation is complete, you can verify that the Nordic theme has indeed been installed by running the ls command on the “.themes” directory.

ls ~/.themes | grep Nordic

Assuming the installation process of Nordic in the “.themes” folder is a success, the command above will display “Nordic” in the results, and confirm that it is indeed installed. If nothing comes up, please repeat the installation process, as an error may have occurred.

System-wide

Installing the Nordic GTK theme system-wide means directly interacting with the “themes” folder in your Linux PC’s system directory. It is not possible to access this folder without high-level, root access. So, before we get started, use the sudo -s command to change the terminal over to Root.

sudo -s

After elevating your terminal window to Root access, it is time to install the Nordic GTK theme to your Linux PC. Using the mv command, place the “Nordic” directory into “/usr/share/themes/”.

mv Nordic/ /usr/share/themes/

Once the Nordic directory is placed into the “themes” folder, you can verify it by using the ls command combined with the grep pipe.

ls /usr/share/themes/ | grep Nordic

Assuming the files are correctly installed, the command above will output “Nordic” and show that it is correctly installed. If it is not, you may need to re-do the installation, as something has gone wrong.

Enable Nordic GTK theme on Linux

Now that the Nordic GTK theme is installed on your Linux PC, it is time to enable it as the default look for the desktop. To do this, open up the “Settings” application and make your way to the “Appearance” section. From there, apply “Nordic” as your default GTK theme.

Having issues setting the Nordic GTK theme as the default desktop environment on your Linux PC? We can help! Look through this list below, choose the Linux desktop you use, and follow along to learn how to change GTK themes on Linux!

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How to install the Tela icon theme on Linux

The Tela icon theme is a colorful, flat icon theme for the Linux desktop. It takes a lot of inspiration from Papirus, and many other Linux icon themes following the same design trend. However, Tela sets itself apart by offering users beautiful, unique, and artistic icons. You won’t find this kind of detail in any other theme.

If you love the “flat” style of icons but are growing tired of Papirus, or want a new theme to try out, do yourself a favor and follow along with this guide and learn how to set up the Tela icon theme on Linux!

Install Git on Linux

The Tela icon theme requires the Git source control tool, as the icon theme is hosted on GitHub. Thankfully, the Git app is universal on all Linux operating systems and is incredibly simple to install.

To start the installation of the Git source control tool on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line instructions below that correspond with the Linux OS you currently use.

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

Generic Linux

As stated before, the Git source control tool is universally used on Linux. Operating systems big and small use it for various things. As a result, Git is very easy to set up on even unknown Linux distributions.

To install it, search “git” in your distro’s package manager. Alternatively, head over to Pkgs.org, as they have a list of Git packages for many different Linux operating systems. You can also download the Git app from the Linux kernel website, and compile it from scratch, if necessary.

Download the Tela icon theme

Downloading the Tela icon theme onto your Linux PC is done through the terminal, as Git only works via the command-line. To start the download, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. From there, use the git clone command to download the Tela icon theme, and all of the necessary installation files.

git clone https://github.com/vinceliuice/Tela-icon-theme.git

Let the Tela icon theme files download through Git. It should not take long. When the process is complete, you will see a new directory called “Tela-icon-theme” in your home folder (~). Confirm that all the Tela icon files are in this directory by running the ls command below.

ls ~/Tela-icon-theme

Install the Tela icon theme

The Tela icon theme needs to be installed to be used on the Linux desktop. Installing icon themes on Linux can be done in two ways. The first way is “single-user,” which means only one user has access to the icons. The second way is “system-wide,” where everyone on your Linux PC, regardless of the user, can access and use the icons. In this guide, we will cover both methods.

Single-user

To start the installation of the Tela icon theme as a single user on Linux, you must first create the “.icons” directory in the home folder. To do this, use the mkdir command.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

After creating the new “.icons” directory in your home folder (~), use the CD command to move into the Tela icon theme directory.

cd ~/Tela-icon-theme

Lastly, install the Tela icon theme into the “.icons” directory by using the included script.

./install.sh -d ~/.icons

Confirm that the installation was successful by running the following ls command.

ls ~/.icons | grep Tela

System-wide

To install the Tela icon theme system-wide, you must first elevate the terminal window to the Root user. To do this, use the sudo -s command.

sudo -s

Once you’ve got access to the Root user, move to the Tela icon theme directory, and run the included installation script to get the theme set up.

cd Tela-icon-theme/
./install.sh -d /usr/share/icons/

Confirm that the installation was successful by running the following ls command.

ls /usr/share/icons/ | grep Tela

Activate the Tela icon theme on Linux

The Tela icon theme is now set up on your Linux PC. However, your desktop environment isn’t using it yet. Why? You must change the icon theme on your Linux PC to Tela.

To change the default icon theme for your Linux PC, open up “System Settings,” and locate the “Appearance” or “Icon” settings area. Then, change the default icon theme your system is currently using to “Tela.” Soon after, your desktop will be using the Tela icon theme.

Are you having trouble setting up the Tela icon theme on your Linux PC? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Take a look at the links in the list below. All the links below go over, in-depth on how to customize Linux desktop environments, and how to change icon themes.

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How to install the Layan GTK theme on Linux

The Layan GTK theme is a futuristic, flat take on Linux desktop themes. The color that Layan uses is purple-ish blue and black. However, it also uses white in the color scheme with its “light” variant (similar to Arc or Adapta).

Layan is an excellent, funky looking GTK theme for Linux, that’s sure to make your desktop feel new and cool! In this guide, we’ll go over how to get the Layan GTK theme working. Let’s get started!

Download the Layan GTK theme

The Layan GTK theme is available to users for download via the Gnome-look theme website. On the Layan Gnome-look page, there are several different options to download. Specifically, Layan light, Layan dark, Layan, as well as Layan solid, and Layan dark solid.

To download one of the versions of the Layan theme to your Linux PC, head over to the official Layan Gnome-look page. Then, once on the page, click the “Files” button to reveal the download options.

Inside of the download options, click on the blue down arrow next to the version of the theme you want. Then, click the “Download” button in the pop-up window that appears.

After you’ve downloaded the Layan theme to your Linux PC, it is time to extract the contents of the theme.

Extract the Layan GTK theme

To extract the Layan GTK theme on your Linux PC, you will need to use the terminal. The reason? Extracting TarXZ files through the command-line is much faster and more efficient. Using the commands below, extract the Layan GTK themes.

Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the CD command to move the terminal session into your “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, follow the command-line instructions below that match the Layan theme you’ve downloaded.

Layan light

tar xvf Layan-light.tar.xz

Layan dark

tar xvf Layan-dark.tar.xz

Layan

tar xvf Layan.tar.xz

Layan light solid

tar xvf Layan-light-solid.tar.xz

Layan solid

tar xvf Layan-solid.tar.xz

Layan dark solid

tar xvf Layan-dark-solid.tar.xz

Did you download multiple Layan GTK themes to your Linux PC? If you do not want to extract all of the files individually, extract all of them at the same time with the expression below.

for file in `ls *.tar.xz`; do tar -xvf $file; done

With the files extracted, remove the TarXZ files from the “Downloads” directory by running the rm command below.

rm *.tar.xz

Install the Layan GTK theme

Setting up the Layan GTK theme on your Linux PC involves moving the extracted theme files into the operating system’s “themes” directory. To install the theme, follow the installation instructions outlined below.

Single-user

If you only plan to have one user access and use the Layan GTK theme, the Single User installation method is the way to go. To start the installation process, open up a terminal window and use the mkdir command to make the “.themes” directory.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

After creating the “.themes” directory, move to the “Downloads” folder using the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, use the mv command to install the Layan GTK theme on the system.

mv Layan* ~/.themes

Once the theme files are in place, confirm they’re there by running the ls command.

ls ~/.themes | grep Layan

System-wide

Setting up the Layan GTK theme system-wide is a great idea if you have multiple users on your Linux PC, and want everyone to have access to the theme. To install Layan system-wide, start by moving the terminal window to the “Downloads” directory with CD.

cd ~/Downloads

Once in the “Downloads” directory, elevate the terminal window to Root access with the sudo -s command.

sudo -s

With Root access, install the Layan GTK theme to the system-wide theme directory on your Linux PC.

mv Layan* /usr/share/themes/

When the command above is complete, confirm that the Layan theme is in the system-wide directory with the ls command.

ls /usr/share/themes/ | grep Layan

Activate Layan GTK theme on Linux

Now that the Layan GTK theme is installed on your Linux PC, you must activate it before you can use it as the default theme for the desktop environment that you use. To activate the theme, open up “System Settings” and look for “Appearance” or “Themes.”

Once inside of the “Appearance” or “Themes” settings on the Linux desktop, switch the current GTK theme that is in use to Layan, or Layan Dark, or any of the other Layan themes to use it as the default look for your desktop.

Having issues getting the Layan GTK theme working on your Linux PC? If so, click one of the links below. Each of the links below will walk you through, step-by-step, how to customize and switch Linux desktop themes.

Note: Layan will not work with LXQt or KDE Plasma 5, as they are not GTK based.

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How to install the Candy icon theme in Linux

Candy is an elegant, gradient style theme for the Linux desktop. It is colorful, and unique, and is unlike any other icon theme on the Linux platform. If you’re looking for a great new set of icons for your desktop and are sick of the popular themes, take a chance and install this theme with the instructions below!

Download the Candy icon theme

To get your hands on the Candy icon theme, you must download it from the Gnome-look Linux theme website. Using this link here, go to the official Candy Gnome-look.org page.

Once you’ve made it to the Gnome-look.org page for Candy, find the “Files” button and click on it with the mouse to go to the download section. Then, download the item in the list with the name of “candy-icons.tar.xz.”

In addition to getting the Candy icon theme on Gnome-look.org, it is also possible to download the source code from the project’s GitHub page. However, we do not recommend going this route to install Candy unless you are an advanced Linux user and know how Git works.

Extracting the Candy icon theme

Now that the Candy icon theme is downloaded to your Linux PC in the form of a TarXZ archive, you must go through the process of extracting the contents of the archive. To do this, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, when the terminal window is open,  use the tar command to extract the Candy theme archive fully.

tar xvf ~/Downloads/candy-icons.tar.xz

When the extraction process is complete, a folder with the name of “candy-icons” will appear in your “Downloads” directory. To view the contents of this folder, run the following ls command.

ls candy-icons

Install Candy icon theme

The Candy icon theme is fully extracted in the “Downloads” directory. Now it is time to install the icon theme to your Linux computer. To do this, open up a terminal window and use the CD command to move the terminal to the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Now that the terminal window is in the “Downloads” directory on your Linux PC follow the installation instructions outlined below to get the Candy icon theme working correctly.

Set up for single-user

Setting up the Candy icon theme for a “single-user” means that only the user that the theme is set up on will have access to the icon theme. If you do not plan to give access to the Candy icon theme to any other user on your Linux PC, go this route for installing it.

To start the installation of the Candy icon theme as a single user, create the new “.icons” folder in your home directory with the mkdir command.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

After creating the new “.icons” directory, use the CD command and move the command-line session into the “Downloads” folder, where the extracted Candy icon files are located.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, use the mv command to place the Candy icons into the “.icons” folder you created earlier.

mv candy-icons ~/.icons

When the command is complete, you can run the ls command to view the “.icons” directory to confirm the files are there.

ls ~/.icons | grep candy-icons

Set up system-wide

Setting up the Candy icon theme system-wide on Linux means that every user has access to the icons, not just one user. To start the installation, use the CD command to move the terminal window into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, use the sudo -s command to transition the terminal window into root mode. Do not use the su command, as it will take you out of the “Download” folder.

sudo -s

Once the terminal window has root access, use the mv command to place the Candy icon files into the “/usr/share/icons/.” directory.

mv candy-icons /usr/share/icons/

After the mv command finishes placing the Candy icon files into the system icon directory, use ls to verify that all the files are there.

ls | grep candy-icons

Activate Candy icon theme on Linux

The Candy icon theme is installed on your Linux computer. However, it is not in use on the desktop. To use the Candy icon theme on your desktop, you must change the default system icons.

To change the default icons on the Linux desktop, open up “System Settings.” Then, with “System Settings” open, look for the “Appearance” or “Icons” option, and click on it to set Candy as the default icon theme on your Linux PC.

Having trouble setting up the Candy icon theme on your Linux PC? Take a look at the list below to learn how to set icon themes on all major Linux desktop environments.

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