How to install the Snow GTK theme on Linux

Snow is a light theme for Linux that follows a Mac-like design spec with greyish color gradients. While fans of popular Material Design themes like Adapta or Arc may not like it, Snow fills a void for people who love Mac, use Linux, and want something modern.

Downloading Snow

The Snow GTK theme is available to download for all Linux users via the Gnome-look theme website. To get your hands on this theme, follow the step-by-step instructions outlined below.

Step 1: Head over to Gnome-look.org and locate the “Files” tab, and click on it to access the download options available on the site for the themes.

Step 2: In the Snow download area (Files), there are two download options. The first option is Snow.tar.xz, the main snow theme. The second one is Snow-alien.tar.xz.

Pick one of the options (Snow or Snow alien) by selecting the blue button next to the file.

Step 3: Upon clicking on the blue button, a download message will appear on the screen. Click on the “Downloads” option to instantly download either Snow or Snow alien to the “Downloads” folder on your Linux PC.

Once the download for Snow is complete, move on to the next section of the guide.

Extracting Snow

The Snow GTK theme, as well as Snow alien, must be fully extracted from their TarXZ archives before attempting to use them as system themes on the Linux desktop.

Extracting TarXZ archives on Linux is best done with the tar command in the Linux command-line. Why? The command-line is very fast, efficient and will allow users to manipulate and deal with files with a single command, rather than dealing with the tediousness of Linux file managers.

To start the extraction process, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the step-by-step extraction instructions below.

Step 1: The Snow and Snow alien files, when downloaded, are stored in the “Downloads” folder. However, when the terminal window is open, it is not in this folder. So, you must move the terminal session there with the CD command below.

cd ~/Downloads

Step 2: Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, run the ls command in combination with the grep tool to verify that you’ve indeed downloaded Snow or Snow alien.

ls | grep Snow.tar.xz

ls | grep Snow-alien.tar.xz

Assuming the command outputs a printout that shows Snow.tar.xz or Snow-alien.tar.xz, you’ll be able to move on to the next step. If not, re-download it.

Step 3: Fully extract the contents of the Snow or Snow alien TarXZ files by executing the tar xvf command below.

tar xvf Snow.tar.xz

or, for Snow alien:

tar xvf Snow-alien.tar.xz

When the extraction process is complete, you will see a Snow or Snow-alien folder in the “Downloads” directory. Confirm it with the ls command below.

ls | grep Snow

or, for Snow alien

ls | grep Snow-alien

After confirming the new folders, move on to the next section of the guide.

Installing Snow on Linux

Installing the Snow GTK theme on the Linux desktop, much like extracting it from the TarXZ archive, requires the terminal. To start the installation, open up a terminal window. Then, follow the instructions outlined below that correspond with the method of installation you prefer.

Single-user

Installing the Snow GTK theme on Linux in single-user mode means that only one user has access to the theme (the user that installs it). This method is perfect if only one person has access to your Linux PC, and you do not plan on adding any other users.

To install the Snow GTK theme on your Linux PC as a single-user, start by opening a terminal window and moving it to the “Downloads” folder with the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, use the mkdir command to create a new folder called ~/.themes in your home directory (~).

mkdir -p ~/.themes

Finally, move the Snow GTK theme folder from the “Downloads” directory to the newly created ~/.themes folder using the mv command.

mv Snow/ ~/.themes

Alternatively, to move the Snow alien theme, enter these commands instead.

mv Snow-alien/ ~/.themes

System-wide

Installing the Snow GTK theme system-wide, do the following. First, open up a terminal window and move the terminal session to the “Downloads” directory with the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Once in the “Downloads” directory, move the terminal from a standard user to the root user using sudo -s.

sudo -s

Finally, install the Snow GTK theme to the /usr/share/themes/ directory with the mv command.

mv Snow/ /usr/share/themes/

And, for Snow alien, do the following:

mv Snow-alien/ /usr/share/themes/

Enabling Snow on Linux

The Snow GTK theme is installed on your Linux PC. However, just installing the theme isn’t enough to make your Linux desktop start using it. You must modify the appearance settings so that the default theme is changed to Snow or Snow alien.

To enable Snow or Snow alien as the default GTK theme on your Linux desktop, start by opening up the “Settings” app. Then from there, look for “Appearance” or “Themes” and change the default look to Snow or Snow alien.

Having some issues changing the default look of your favorite Linux desktop environment? Check out the links listed below. They’ll walk you through how to customize your favorite desktop environments.

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How to install the Neon Knights icon theme on Linux

The Neon Knights icon theme is a colorful, beautiful icon theme. The style is very reminiscent of the KDE Plasma desktop’s “Breeze” theme with a modern twist. It is perfect for Linux users of all desktop environments looking to spice up the default icons on their desktop. Here’s how to get Neon Knights installed.

Note: Neon Knights relies on KDE’s Breeze icons to work. To install it, click here. Or, go to the Breeze icons GitHub page.

Downloading Neon Knights icon theme

To get your hands on the Neon Knights icon theme, you will not be able to open up a terminal and install it with Ubuntu Apt, Arch Linux Pacman, or Fedora Dnf. Instead, you must manually download the icon files from the internet. Specifically, the Neon Knights icon theme must be downloaded from Gnome-look.org, a popular Linux theme website.

To download, find the “Files” tab. After that, locate the “icons.tar.xz” link in the list of files, and click on the blue download button to grab the latest release of Neon Knights icon theme on your Linux PC.

Don’t want the latest version of the Neon Knights icon theme for your system? You’re also able to download older versions of the theme. To get these old versions, find “22 archived,” and click on it to view older icon downloads. Then, click on the blue download button to download it.

Extracting Neon Knights icon theme

The Neon Knights icon theme is distributed to users in a compressed TarXZ archive. This archive must be extracted, as all of the essential icon files are compressed, and will not work on any desktop as a TarXZ file.

To start the extraction of the Neon Knights icon theme, you must open up a terminal window. Launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, with the terminal window open, use the CD command to move the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, execute the tar command to decompress the Neon Knights TarXZ archive file fully.

tar xvf icons.tar.xz

Upon extracting the Neon Knights TarXZ file in your “Downloads” directory, six folders will appear. These folders are “Neon-Knights-Blue-Folders,”
“Neon-Knights-Green-Folders,” “Neon-Knights-Orange-Folders,” “Neon-Knights-Red-Folders,” “Neon-Knights-Violet-Folders,” and “Neon-Knights-Yellow-Folders.”

To confirm that the icon files are indeed in all of these six folders, run the ls command below. It will list the contents of all of the Neon Knights folders in your “Downloads” directory.

ls Neon-Knights-*Folders

After checking the contents of all of the extracted icon folders, installation can begin. Move to the next section of the guide to continue.

Installing Neon Knights icon theme

Installing icon themes on Linux can happen in two ways. The first way of installing icons is called “system-wide,” which makes the icon files available to every single user on the Linux system. The second way of installing icons is known as “single-user,” and it means that only one user has access to the installed icons. In this guide, we will go over how to install Neon Knights in both ways.

System-wide installation

To start the system-wide installation of the Neon Knights icon theme on your Linux PC, start by opening up a terminal window. Then, with the terminal, elevate it to Root by executing the sudo -s command.

sudo -s

After transferring root access to your terminal session, it is time to move to the “Downloads” directory. Using the CD command down below, access “Downloads.”

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, make use of the mv command and use it to install all six of the Neon Knights icon files to the /usr/share/icons/ directory in the root file-system.

mv Neon-Knights-*Folders  /usr/share/icons/

Once all the files are in place, run the ls command to confirm the installation was successful.

ls  /usr/share/icons/ | grep Neon-Knights

Single-user installation

To install the Neon Knights icon theme as a single-user, start by opening up a terminal and making use of the mkdir command to create a new hidden directory labeled “.icons.”

mkdir -p ~/.icons

Next, using the CD command, move the terminal window into the “Downloads” directory, where all six of the Neon Knights icon folders are.

cd ~/Downloads

Using the mv command, place all six Neon Knights icon folders into the newly created “.icons” folder.

mv Neon-Knights-*Folders ~/.icons/

When all files are in place, execute ls to confirm that the installation process was successful.

ls ~/.icons | grep Neon-Knights

Enabling Neon Knights icon theme

The Neon Knights icon theme is now installed on your Linux PC. However, you must enable the theme in desktop settings. To do this, open up “Settings,” and locate the “Icons” or “Appearance” settings. Once inside of the “Icons” or “Appearance” settings, change the default icons in use to one of the six Neon Knights icons in the list.

Can’t figure out how to activate the Neon Knights icon theme on your Linux PC? Check out one of the links below!

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How to install the Solarized Dark Colorpack GTK theme on Linux

The Solarized Dark colorpack GTK  theme is a stylish dark theme with accents of dark green and black, combined with various colors like pink, lime green, blue, purple, and others. It’s an excellent GTK theme for the Linux desktop for those that dislike light ones. Here’s how to set it up on your system.

Downloading Solarized Dark Colorpack

The Solarized Dark Colorpack GTK theme is hosted on the Gnome-look theme website, so if you’re trying to install it, you must download it from its page on the site.

As the Solarized Dark Colorpack GTK theme is a pack (hence the name Colorpack), each colored version of the theme is a separate download. To start the downloading process, head over to Solarized Dark’s Gnome-look page, and click on the “files” section. From there, follow the instructions below.

Cyan

To download the Cyan version of the theme, locate Solarized-Dark-Cyan_1.9.1.zip in the Files tab, and click on the blue download button.

Blue

To get your hands on the Blue theme, click on the download button next to Solarized-Dark-Blue_1.9.1.zip.

Orange

Want the Orange version of Solarized Dark? Download Solarized-Dark-Orange_1.9.1.zip.

Magenta

For the Magenta version of Solarized Dark, download Solarized-Dark-Magenta_1.9.1.zip

Green

To get the Green theme, download Solarized-Dark-Green_1.9.1.zip from the Files section.

Violet

For Violet, grab Solarized-Dark-Violet_1.9.1.zip from the Solarized Dark web page.

Red

Like the Red version of the Solarized Dark GTK theme? Download Solarized-Dark-Red_1.9.1.zip from Gnome-look.

Extracting Solarized Dark Colorpack

Before the Solarized Dark theme can be experienced on your Linux desktop, the files must be extracted from the ZIP archive they were downloaded as. To extract ZIP files on Linux, you can use the file manager or the terminal. In this guide, we will make use of the terminal as it is much faster.

To start the extraction process, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Once the terminal window is open, run the unzip –help command to see if you have the Unzip utility set up on your Linux PC.

unzip --help

If nothing happens when the command above runs, you must install Unzip. To do that, go to Pkgs.org, choose your distribution, and follow the instructions to learn how to get it working.

With Unzip out of the way, we can use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads.

Once in the “Downloads” directory, we can fully extract the Solarized Dark ZIP archive with the unzip command.

unzip Solarized-Dark-*.zip

When the unzip command finishes executing, a folder in your “Downloads” directory will be created. The name of the folder is Solarized-Dark-COLOR.

Please note that “COLOR” stands for the type of theme you downloaded. For example, if you unzipped Solarized Dark Cyan, the folder will be Solarized-Dark-Cyan.

Installing  Solarized Dark Colorpack

The Solarized Dark Colorpack ZIP archive is done extracting. Now it is time to start the installation of the theme on your Linux PC. To start the installation, open up your terminal window. Then, follow the installation instructions outlined below.

Single-user

Installing the Solarized Dark Colorpack theme as a single-user is a good idea if you only have one user on your Linux PC, and you do not have any reason to allow other people to have access to the theme.

To start the installation of the theme as a single-user, use the mkdir command to create a new folder named .themes.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

After creating the new .themes folder in your home directory, use the mv command to place your Solarized Dark theme into the directory.

mv Solarized-Dark-* ~/.themes

System-wide

Installing the Solarized Dark theme as system-wide will make it available for all Linux users on the system, not just you. Move the terminal window to the “Downloads” directory with the CD command to start the installation.

cd ~/Downloads

Elevate the terminal to root with sudo -s 

sudo -s

Using the mv command, place the Solarized Dark GTK theme in the /usr/share/themes/ directory.

mv Solarized-Dark-* /usr/share/themes/

Enabling Solarized Dark Colorpack

The Solarized Dark Colorpack is set up on your Linux PC, but the process is not complete. The final step of the process is to enable the Solarized Dark Colorpack as the default GTK theme on the Linux desktop.

To enable the Solarized Dark Colorpack GTK theme on the Linux desktop, start by opening up the “Settings” area of the Linux desktop. Then, once you’ve made it to the “Settings” area, look for “Themes,” and change the current theme your desktop is using to the Solarized Dark theme installed from the color pack.

Having issues activating the Solarized Dark Colorpack on your Linux PC? Choose your desktop environment from the list below to find out exactly how to change the default theme.

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How to install the Manjarin GTK theme on Linux

The Manjarin GTK theme is a modification of another theme by the name of Telinkrin. The purpose of this theme to help the Manjaro Gnome edition look better, but it’s not exclusive to Manjaro.

The design of the GTK theme looks great and has vibrant colors of green, grey, and dark green. It’s an excellent theme for Gnome Shell and other GTK3 desktop environments like Budgie, Pantheon, and Cinnamon (not Mate or XFCE4). Here’s how to get it set up on your Linux PC.

Downloading the Manjarin GTK theme

The Manjarin GTK theme is readily available for download on GitHub, and Gnome-look.org. There’s no difference between the GitHub and Gnome-look versions. However, we will go over how to download Manjarin through both sources.

Method 1: GitHub

To get the Manjarin GTK theme from GitHub, you must first install the Git tool on your Linux PC. To install the Git tool, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line instructions outlined below that correspond with the Linux OS you currently use.

Ubuntu

Install the Git tool on Ubuntu with the Apt command.

sudo apt install git

Debian

On Debian, you can load up the Git app with Apt-get.

sudo apt-get install git

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux (and Manjaro), you’ll be able to install the Git tool with Pacman.

sudo pacman -S git

Fedora

Fedora Linux users can install Git with Dnf.

sudo dnf install git

OpenSUSE

On OpenSUSE Linux, load up the Git tool with Zypper.

sudo zypper install git

Generic Linux

Need to get the Git tool on your Linux PC but using an operating system not listed above? Do not worry! Git is the most popular source control app on all of Linux. As a result, almost every distribution has it available.

To install Git on your system, open up a terminal, search for “git” and install it the way you typically install software on your computer.

Downloading with Git

Now that the Git tool is installed on your Linux PC, you can download the Manjarin GTK theme to your computer using the git clone command.

cd ~/Downloads
git clone https://github.com/FadeMind/manjarin-gtk-theme.git

When the download completes, you will see a folder named manjarin-gtk-theme in your download directory. Use the mv command to rename it to “manjarin.”

mv manjarin-gtk-theme manjarin

Method 2: Gnome-look

To get the Gnome-look version of Manjarin downloaded to your Linux PC, head over to Gnome-look.org. Then, once there, find the “Files” button, and click on it with the mouse.

Inside of the “Files” area, you will see one download option. This option is “manjarin-gtk-theme-master.tar.xz.” Next to it, there’s a blue button. Click it to start the download of the Manjarin theme.

Extracting Manjarin

Now that the Manjarin GTK theme is done downloading from the Gnome-look website, it is time to extract it from its TarXZ archive.

To extract Manjarin, use the CD command, move into the ~/Downloads directory. After that, use the tar command to extract the contents of manjarin-gtk-theme-master.tar.xz.

cd ~/Downloads

tar xvf manjarin-gtk-theme-master.tar.xz

When the tar command finishes, a folder labeled “manjarin-gtk-theme-master” will appear. Use the mv command to rename this folder to “manjarin.”

mv manjarin-gtk-theme-master manjarin

Installing Manjarin

Now that the Manjarin GTK theme is done downloading to your Linux PC, installation can begin. There are two ways to get this theme working. The first method is single-user, which will give the user who installs it access to the theme and nobody else. The second method is system-wide, which will make the Manjarin GTK theme useable for every single user on the system. We will cover both installation methods.

Single-user

To install the Manjarin GTK theme on your Linux PC as a single-user, start out by creating a new folder with the name ~/.themes using the mkdir command.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

After creating the ~/.themes directory, use the mv command to install Manjarin as a single user.

mv ~/Downloads/manjarin/ ~/.themes/

System-wide

Looking to set up the Manjarin GTK theme system-wide? Use the sudo -s command to move the terminal to root mode. Then move the manjarin folder into /usr/share/themes/ with the mv command.

cd ~/Downloads
sudo -s
mv manjarin/ /usr/share/themes/

Activating Manjarin

Manjarin is set up on your Linux PC, but the tutorial is not done. The last step is to change the theme from the default GTK theme to it. To change the default theme on your Linux PC, do the following.

First, open up “System Settings” on the Linux desktop, and locate the appearance settings. From there, change the default GTK theme to “Manjarin.”

Having issues setting up Manjarin as the default GTK theme on your Linux PC? Take a look at the list below. Each of the links points to an in-depth tutorial on how to change the default theme on a desktop environment.

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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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