How to set up the Bubble GTK theme on Linux

Bubble is a variant of the famous Arc GTK theme. It looks very similar to Arc in a lot of ways in the overall design. However, the Bubble GTK theme is not Arc’s identical twin. For starters, the Bubble GTK theme offers users a Mac OS style window control buttons. It also does away with the 2D look of Arc in favor of a more modern, 3D design style. Additionally, the blue color used in Arc is slightly darkened, and the theme pack also includes a red variant, which Arc doesn’t provide.

Bubble is a beautiful looking GTK theme, and one to check out if you’re a fan of Arc, but dislike some of the original design choices or color options it provides. Here’s how to install the theme on Linux.

Download Bubble GTK theme

The Bubble GTK theme is downloadable via the Gnome-look theme website. To start the download of the Bubble GTK theme, click this link. Then, after following the link, click on the “Files” button on the page.

Upon clicking “Files,” you’ll see several different “Bubble” releases. For the generic version of Bubble, find “Bubble-Dark-Blue.tar.xz,” and click the icon under “DL,” followed by the “Download” button. Alternatively, for the other blue releases of Bubble, download “Bubble-Darker-Blue.tar.xz” or “Bubble-Light-Blue.tar.xz.”

Want the red variant of the Bubble GTK theme on your Linux PC? Find and download “Bubble-Dark-Red.tar.xz,” “Bubble-Darker-Red.tar.xz,” or “Bubble-Light-Red.tar.xz.”

Feel free to download as many releases of Bubble as you want!

Extract Bubble GTK theme

Each of the Bubble GTK theme files downloaded from Gnome-look.org is distributed in a compressed TarXZ archive. These TarXZ archives must be fully extracted before we continue, as Linux can’t read themes that are compressed in archive files.

To extract the TarXZ archives for Bubble, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, with the terminal window open and ready to go, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of “Downloads” follow the extraction command that matches the Bubble GTK theme you downloaded to your computer.

Dark Blue

tar xvf Bubble-Dark-Blue.tar.xz

Darker Blue

tar xvf Bubble-Darker-Blue.tar.xz

Light Blue

tar xvf Bubble-Light-Blue.tar.xz

Dark Red

tar xvf Bubble-Dark-Red.tar.xz

Darker Red

tar xvf Bubble-Darker-Red.tar.xz

Light Red

tar xvf Bubble-Light-Red.tar.xz

Install Bubble GTK theme

With the Bubble GTK archive extracted to the “Downloads” folder on your Linux PC, the installation process is ready to begin. To start, go to your terminal window on the Linux desktop. Then, follow the detailed instructions outlined below to get going.

Single-user

Installing the Bubble GTK theme as a single-user means that only one user will have access to the theme files on the Linux desktop. Setting up the theme using this method is best if you don’t plan on giving any other access to Bubble.

The installation of the Bubble GTK theme for a single user starts by creating a new directory called “.themes” in the home folder. To do this, use the mkdir command below in a terminal window.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

Once the new “.themes” directory is created, move the terminal session to “Downloads” (if it’s not there already) using the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Lastly, install the Bubble GTK theme for single-user use by using the mv command.

mv Bubble-* ~/.themes/

System-wide

The Bubble GTK theme can be installed in “system-wide” mode. This mode will make the theme files available to every single user on the system, rather than just one. For this reason, system-wide is best if you plan on making Bubble accessible to multiple users.

Installing the theme in system-wide mode is a little different than single-user, as no directory needs to be created. Instead, all that is required is placing the extracted Bubble theme files from “Downloads” into the “/usr/share/themes/” directory.

Using the mv command, place Bubble GTK theme files into the system theme directory. Keep in mind this must be done with sudo, so be sure to use a user account that has access to sudo privileges!

sudo mv ~/Downloads/Bubble-*/ /usr/share/themes/

Activate Bubble GTK theme

Now that the Bubble GTK theme is installed on your Linux PC, it must be set as the default theme to be experienced on the desktop. Setting Bubble as the default theme on your Linux PC starts by opening up the “System Settings” app. Then, with “System Settings” open, look for “Appearance,” “Themes,” or something similar. From there, use the settings area to switch the default look to “Bubble.”

Can’t figure out how to swap out the default theme on your Linux desktop for the Bubble GTK theme? Take a look at the list of tutorials linked below. In each one of the tutorials, we go over how to customize and set up GTK themes.

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How to install the Adapta GTK theme color pack on Linux

Love the Adapta GTK theme but not happy with the default Cyan color scheme? If so, you may be interested in the Adapta GTK theme color pack. It contains the same great Adapta design, but gives users different color options, such as purple, red, blue, green, orange and many, many others!

Download Adapta GTK theme color pack

Getting the Adapta GTK theme color pack is done through the Gnome-look.org website. However, it is also possible to download the raw source code via GitHub, though this isn’t recommended.

To get your hands on the latest Adapta GTK theme color pack for use in this guide, start by going to its page on Gnome-look.org. Once on the Gnome-look.org page, find the “Files” button and select it to reveal available downloads.

Go through the list and select the “adapta-gtk-theme-colorpack_3.94.0.149.tar.xz” file. Then, click the big blue “Download” button to save it to your Linux PC.

Note: please ignore the DEB packages listed on the Adapta GTK theme color pack page, as they are only relevant to Ubuntu and Debian, and isn’t relevant in this guide.

Once the download of “adapta-gtk-theme-colorpack_3.94.0.149.tar.xz” is complete, 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 shell from the home directory (~) to the “Downloads” folder.

cd ~/Downloads

Extracting Adapta GTK theme color pack

The Adapta GTK theme color pack is distributed to Linux users via a compressed TarXZ archive. To gain access to the theme files inside of the archive, you must decompress the file. Using the tar command below, extract the contents of “adapta-gtk-theme-colorpack_3.94.0.149.tar.xz”.

tar xvf adapta-gtk-theme-colorpack_3.94.0.149.tar.xz"

Upon extracting the archive, delete the TarXZ archive from the downloads folder using the rm command.

rm adapta-gtk-theme-colorpack_3.94.0.149.tar.xz

Next, create a new folder called  “A Colors.” Creating this folder is necessary, as your “Downloads” directory will be filled with many different files from the color pack, making it hard to sort through.

mkdir -p "A Colors"

Move all of the extracted theme files and folders into “Adapta Colors” using the mv command.

mv Adapta*/ "A Colors"

Move the terminal into the “A Colors” folder using CD.

cd "A Colors"

Installing Adapta GTK theme color pack

Now that the Adapta GTK theme color pack is downloaded and extracted to your Linux PC, the installation can begin. Follow the installation instructions outlined below to get everything set up.

Single-user

Setting up the Adapta GTK theme color pack as a single user means moving one (or all) of the themes included in the decompressed archive into a folder known as “.themes” in your home directory (~).

To start the installation process, create a new directory in the home folder of the user you’re currently logged into with the mkdir command. Keep in mind that some Linux desktops create this folder, so you may already have this directory.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

Once the new “.themes” folder is set up, use the ls command inside of the “A Colors” folder, to see the different Adapta GTK themes included in the color pack.

ls

Look through the ls output and decide on an Adapta theme you’d like to install as a single user. Then, enter the command below to make it happen.

mv Adapta-Color  ~/.themes/

Alternatively, install every single theme included in the pack as a single user by running this command.

mv Adapta-* ~/.themes/

System-wide

If you want all the users on your Linux system to have access to the Adapta GTK theme color pack, install system-wide. To do this, start by running the ls command. Ls will show an output of all of the themes in the “A Color” directory.

ls

Look through the output of ls and choose a theme you’d like to install from the color pack. Then, use the command below to make it happen.

sudo mv Adapta-Color /usr/share/themes/

Or, if you prefer to make every single theme included in the pack available to everyone, install with the following command.

sudo mv Adapta-* /usr/share/themes/

Activate Adapta GTK theme color pack on Linux

Installing the Adapta GTK theme color pack on Linux won’t make it the default skin for your Linux PC. Instead, you’ll need to go through the system settings on your desktop environment and change it for that to happen.

To change the default GTK theme on Linux to one of the many themes in the Adapta GTK color pack, launch system settings. After the settings area is open, look for “Appearance,” or “Theme” and select one of the Adapta color themes in the list.

Are you having a hard time figuring out how to switch the default GTK theme on your Linux desktop environment? Don’t worry! We’ve got your back! Look through the list below for in-depth instructions about how to switch the default desktop environment theme!

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How to install the Areeze icon theme on Linux

The Areeze icon theme is a slick re-colored spin on the default Breeze icon theme for KDE Plasma 5. Areeze intends to take the best aspects of the Breeze theme while matching other KDE themes such as Apollo and Ares.

Areeze is first and foremost a KDE Plasma 5 icon theme, and that’s what it’s designed to run on. That said, it also looks good with the Arc GTK theme on Gnome-based Linux desktop environments. Here’s how to get it installed.

Note: the Areeze icon theme goes best with the Apollo-KDE theme if you intend to use these icons on KDE!

Download Areeze icons

The Areeze icon theme is available for users to download at Gnome-look.org. Additionally, the source code for the icon theme is up on GitHub, but getting it through this method is not recommended.

To get the latest release of the Areeze icon theme for Linux on your system, head over to this page on Gnome-look.org. Then, when you’ve made it to the Areeze page on Gnome-look.org, find the “Files” button and click it to reveal available downloads.

Inside of the “Files” section, there’s one single downloadable file available. This file’s name is “Areeze.tar.gz.” To get it, click the icon under “DL,” followed by the blue “Download” button that appears right after.

When the download completes, open up a terminal window using Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard, and use the CD command to move your terminal session from the home directory (~) into the “Downloads” directory where the “Areeze.tar.gz” file is saved.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of “Downloads,” keep the terminal window open and move down to the “Extracting” section of this guide.

Extract Areeze icons

The Areeze icon theme, when downloaded, comes in a compressed TarGZ archive file. It is compressed and must be fully decompressed so that we can gain access to the icon files inside. To extract the icon theme, use the tar command in a terminal window.

tar xvf Areeze.tar.gz

Let the tar command decompress everything. It shouldn’t take long. When the decompression process is complete, the Areeze TarGZ archive will create a new folder in the “Downloads” directory with the name “Areeze,” and all of the icon files will be accessible in it.

Install the Areeze icon theme

Installing the new Areeze icon theme is done by placing the “Areeze” theme folder that was extracted from Areeze.tar.gz during the decompression process into one of the two icon folders on Linux. Launch a terminal window and follow the instructions below to get everything set up.

Installing for single-user

Installing the Areeze icon theme for a single user is the best way to go about installing icon themes if you only want one user to have access to the theme. Setting up Areeze for a single user means placing everything in the “.icons” folder in the home directory (~).  Some Linux systems do not have a “.icons” folder by default, so a new one must be created. Using the mkdir command, make a new “.icons” folder.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

After making the new “.icons” directory in the home directory (~), CD into the “Downloads” directory. Then, move the “Areeze” icon theme using the mv command.

mv Areeze/ ~/.icons/

When the icon files are done moving into the “.icons” folder on your Linux PC, the installation is done. To finish up, confirm that the icon theme is set up in the “.icons” folder by running the ls command with grep.

ls ~/.icons/ | grep 'Areeze'

Installing for system-wide

Getting the Areeze icon theme set up system-wide should only be done if you’re trying to give every single user on your Linux PC access to the icon theme. To start the installation, use the mv command to place the “Areeze” folder from “Downloads” in the “/usr/share/icons/” directory.

sudo mv ~/Downloads/Areeze/ /usr/share/icons/

After placing the Areeze icon files in the “/usr/share/icons/” directory, the installation process is complete. The new icons are available to every user on your Linux system. To confirm, run the ls command in combination with grep.

ls /usr/share/icons/ | grep 'Areeze'

Activate Areeze icon theme on Linux

Following the installation of the Areeze icon theme on your Linux system, the theme must be set as the default icons theme on your Linux PC. To change the defaults, open up “System Settings” on your Linux desktop environment. From there, find the icon settings and select “Areeze” from the list.

Sometimes activating icon themes on Linux can be confusing, due to how hidden the settings are on Linux. If you’re having trouble activating the Areeze icon theme on Linux, check out the list of desktops below to get instructions on changing the default icon theme on Linux.

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How to install the Zafiro icon pack on Linux

The Zafiro icon pack is a flat, clean icon theme created for Linux users. It follows along with the ever-popular flat design scheme that many other Linux icon themes stick to these days, but with a twist. Each of the icons is carefully crafted, well colored, and beautiful to look at.

If you’re looking for a brand new icon theme to replace the one on your current Linux operating system, follow along with this guide and learn all about how to set up the Zafiro icon theme!

Download Zafiro icons

Getting a copy of the Zafiro icon theme can be done in two ways. The first way to grab Zafiro is by visiting it’s download page on Gnome-look.org, clicking “files” and choosing from one of the many different choices of icons available (Classic, Green, Purple, White-Yellow, Black-Red, and Variant.) The second way to download the Zafiro icons directly from its Git repository. In this guide, we’ll focus on both.

Downloading via Gnome-look

Choosing to download the Zafiro icon theme through gnome-look.org is a good choice if you want to try out Zafiro, but you’d prefer to try some of the color variants (like Purple, or Green) rather than the stock, default Zafiro setup. To start your download, head over to the Zafiro page on Gnome-look.org, and click on “Files.” Then, click the download icon next to one of the eight themes they have in the “Files” list.

Upon selecting the download icon, a pop-up window will appear on the screen. In this pop-up window, you’ll see a brief message that your download is ready to go. From there, select the blue “Download” button to save the theme to your Linux PC.

Feel free to download multiple Zafiro icon themes, as you like!

Extracting Zafiro icon files

When you download Zafiro icons files from Gnome-look, they come in a locked file archive. These files must be extracted so that the icon files inside can be installed correctly on a Linux system.

The quickest way to extract the Zafiro icon files on Linux is with the tar command in terminal. So, press Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, with the terminal window open, move to “Downloads” with the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, run the commands to extract the Zafiro icon archive files.

Classic

tar xvf Zafiro-Icons-Classic.tar.xz
rm Zafiro-Icons-Classic.tar.xz

Green

tar xvf Zafiro-Icons-green.tar.xz
rm Zafiro-Icons-green.tar.xz

Purple

tar xvf Zafiro-Icons-purple.tar.xz
rm Zafiro-Icons-purple.tar.xz

White-Yellow

tar xvf Zafiro-Icons-White-Yellow.tar.xz
rm Zafiro-Icons-White-Yellow.tar.xz

Black-Red

tar xvf Zafiro-Icons-Black-Red.tar.xz
rm Zafiro-Icons-Black-Red.tar.xz

Variant-A

tar xvf Zafiro-Icons-Variant-A.tar.xz
rm Zafiro-Icons-Variant-A.tar.xz

Light

tar xvf Zafiro-Icons-Light.tar.xz
rm Zafiro-Icons-Light.tar.xz

Blue

tar xvf Zafiro-Icons-Blue.tar.xz
rm Zafiro-Icons-Blue.tar.xz

Downloading via GitHub

Going the GitHub route for Zafiro is best if you want to use the icon theme, but don’t much care about the various color modifications on Gnome-look.org. To get a copy of the latest Zafiro icons from the developer’s GitHub page, you’ll first need to install the “git” package.

To install the “git” package on Linux, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, with the terminal window open, 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

The “git” package is integral to a lot of Linux operating systems, as most developers use a Git-based source control system. As a result, the “git” tool should readily be available for installation on even the most unknown of Linux OSes. To install it, open up a terminal, search for “git” and install it the way you typically install software to your system. Or, download it from the official web site, here.

With the “git” package downloaded, use the CD command to move your terminal session from the home directory (~) to “Downloads.” After that, use the git clone command to pull down the latest Zafiro icon theme files.

cd ~/Downloads
git clone https://github.com/zayronxio/Zafiro-icons.git Zafiro-Icons

Installing Zafiro icons

There are two ways to install the Zafiro icons on Linux (system-wide and single-user). To start the installation, follow the instructions below.

Single-user

Installing Zafiro as a single-user is the best way to go if you’re the only one who will use the icon theme, and you don’t have plans to enable it for other users. To start, create a new folder labeled “.icons” using the mkdir command.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

Next, move the Zafiro icon folder(s) from the “Download” directory to the newly created “.icons” folder.

mv ~/Downloads/Zafiro-Icons* ~/.icons

When the mv command is complete, run ls to verify that the Zafiro icon folder(s) are in the right place.

ls ~/.icons | grep 'Zafiro'

System-wide

Need every user on your Linux PC to be able to use the Zafiro icon theme? If so, you must install it to “/usr/share/icons/” AKA a “system-wide” installation.

To start, move the terminal session from the home directory (~) to the “Downloads” folder using CD.

cd ~/Downloads

Then, use the mv command to place the Zafiro icon folder(s) inside “/usr/share/icons/”.

sudo mv Zafiro-Icons* /usr/share/icons/

When the mv command completes, run the ls command to check that the files made it to the right place.

ls /usr/share/icons/ | grep 'Zafiro'

Enabling Zafiro icons

To use Zafiro as your new icon theme on Linux, it must be enabled through appearance settings. Open up “System Settings” on your Linux PC, locate “icons” and set it as the default icon theme.

Unsure about how to set Zafiro as your default icon theme on Linux? Check out the links in the list below. They go over how to customize each Linux desktop environment, outline, in detail, how to change icon themes.

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How to install macOS Catalina icon theme on Linux

Do you want to change your boring Linux system icons to match the new, upcoming Apple macOS Catalina? If so, this guide is for you! Follow along as we go over how to install and set up the macOS Catalina icon theme on Linux!

Download macOS Catalina icons

The macOS Catalina icons are available for download to Linux users on the Gnome-look website, in the “Icons” section. Head over to this page here, then, look for the “Files” button in the menu.

Inside of the “Files” menu on the macOS Catalina page, there are two individual file archives available for download. The first archive available for download is “Os-Catalina-icons.tar.xz,” which is the standard icon set. The second archive available is “Os-Catalina-Night.tar.xz,” which provides dark-style icons.

To download the classic, light theme, locate the download button next to “Catalina-icons.tar.xz,” and click it. Selecting the download button will bring up a pop-up window stating that the download is ready. From there, select the blue “Download” button to save the icons to your Linux PC.

Want to get your hands on the dark theme instead? Click the download button next to “Os-Catalina-Night.tar.xz,” and select the blue “Download” button in the pop-up window that appears to save it to your Linux PC.

Extract macOS Catalina icons

The macOS Catalina icon pack archives are downloaded and saved to your Linux PC. The next step is to decompress the archive files so that we can work with the files inside, and install them to the system for use.

Extracting TarXZ files on Linux is best done within the terminal window. The reason the terminal is best is that it’s fast, and can be done in a fraction of the time it would take a file manager. So, to start, open up a terminal window. A terminal can be opened on Linux by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard.

With the terminal window open, use the CD command to move the shell’s working directory from the home directory (~) to the “Downloads” folder.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, use the tar command to extract the light icons archive (if you’ve chosen to download it.)

tar xvf Os-Catalina-icons.tar.xz

The tar command, when finished extracting, will create a sub-folder in the “Downloads” directory with the label of “Os-Catalina-icons.”

Need to extract the Night icons for OS Catalina on your Linux PC. Run the following tar command.

tar xvf Os-Catalina-Night.tar.xz

Once the tar extraction command is run on “Os-Catalina-Night.tar.xz,” a folder with the name of “Os-Catalina-Night” will appear in the “Downloads” directory.

Install macOS Catalina icons on Linux

The macOS Catalina icons can be installed on a Linux system in two ways. The first way is by installing it as a single-user, which will only give one user the ability to use and access the macOS Catalina icon theme. The second way to install it is system-wide, which will give every single user on the system access to the icon theme.

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

Install for a single-user

To install the macOS Catalina icons on a Linux PC in single-user mode, start out by using the CD command to move from the home directory (~) into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Once in “Downloads,” run the mkdir command to create a new directory with the name “.icons”.

mkdir -p ~/.icons

With the new “.icons” directory made, use the mv command to place the macOS Catalina folder(s) in it.

mv Os-Catalina-icons ~/.icons
mv Os-Catalina-Night ~/.icons

When the mv command finishes, run the ls command to view the “.icons” folder so that you can confirm mv ran successfully.

ls ~/.icons | grep 'Catalina'

Install system-wide

To set up the macOS Catalina icon theme in system-wide mode, you’ll need to place the icon files inside of the “/usr/share/icons/” directory. To do that, CD into “Downloads,” and run the mv command to place the macOS Catalina icon folder(s) in the right place.

cd ~/Downloads
sudo mv Os-Catalina-icons /usr/share/icons/
sudo mv Os-Catalina-Night /usr/share/icons/

Once the mv command is done, run the ls command on “/usr/share/icons/” to confirm the folders went to the right place.

ls /usr/share/icons/ | grep 'Catalina'

Enable macOS Catalina icons on Linux

Before being able to enjoy the new Mac OS Catalina icons on your Linux PC, it must be set as the default icon theme. To set it as default, open up “System Settings,” then find “icons” and change it to the default icon theme.

Can’t figure out how to change the default icon theme on your Linux system? We can help! Check the list below of desktop environments, and choose the one that you use to learn all about how to change icon themes!

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