Gnome is one of the easiest Linux desktop environments and this article is about the best gnome themes that will give your desktop a sassy look, without the fuss of configuration files and manual changes.
Without any further delay, let’s get right into it!
List of the Best Gnome Themes
This article is a list of the top-rated and the most popular gnome themes across. Here’s a quick list:
- Material Black COLORS – Material dark GTK theme with colorful icons
- Orchis GTK Theme – A gorgeous flat-style Gnome theme
- Prof Gnome Theme – Pleasing, clear, and easy-on-the-eyes theme for your Gnome desktop
- Nordic Theme – A beautiful flat style theme based on the Nord color scheme
- McMojave – Mac-styled clean theme that supports most major desktop environments.
- WhiteSur GTK Theme – Clean and light, Mac-style theme for Gnome
- Layan GTK theme – Unique theme that offers a contrasting sidebar for windows
- Ultimate Maia – No-fluff, minimalist Gnome theme for Linux-enthusiasts
- Sweet – Colorful dark and light Gnome theme with flat material design
- Juno – VSCode-inspired dark Gnome theme that’s perfect for coding enthusiasts
Now, let me show you what these themes look like for you to decide which one you love the most!
1. Material Black COLORS – Material dark GTK theme with colorful icons
This is one of the most loved themes on the open-source Gnome themes marketing because of the clean and minimal, yet beautiful look. To make the theme look beautiful right out of the box, the theme developer has also added an icon set that fits perfectly with the colors of the theme.
2. Orchis GTK Theme – The gorgeous flat-style Gnome theme
This theme features a unique window sidebar highlighter (see the screenshot above). Compared to most other themes, the sidebar offered by this one makes it stand out right off the bat.
While the same may not work with all applications, you should still give this theme a try. Apart from the sidebar, this is one of the really good looking gnome themes that offers a curved window design to give a modern look.
3. Prof Gnome Theme – Pleasing, clear, and easy-on-the-eyes Gnome themes
This is a pleasing, clear, and easy-on-the-eyes theme that is meant for those who use the Gnome-desktop professionally on a daily basis.
The focus in this theme is usability and compatibility: GTK-2 applications and GTK-3 applications look virtually the same.
It offers a minimalist dark look for the enthusiastic Linux users.
4. Nordic Theme – A beautiful flat style theme based on the Nord color scheme
Flat designs that Google built and made mainstream, has gained a raving fan following worldwide. It looks sleek and stylish. And the Nordic theme brings a similarly clean and stylish theme to Linux.
Nordic is a dark theme with the Nord color scheme letting you focus on what matters on the UI.
5. McMojave – Mac-styled Gnome theme that supports most major desktop environments.
If you love the look of the MacOS, but not the closed-source nature, the McMojave theme is the closest Mac-like Gnome theme for Linux.
The McMojave theme supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Unity, Budgie, Pantheon, Cinamon, XFCE, Mate, etc.
6. WhiteSur GTK Theme – Clean and light, Mac-style theme for Gnome
The WhiteSur is one of the Gnome themes that emulate the macOS UI. This theme is made to look and feel like MacOS Big Sur. So if the McMojave theme isn’t one that fits your needs, then the WhiteSur theme will surely do!
7. Layan GTK theme – Unique theme that offers a contrasting sidebar for windows
The Layan them is one of the uniquely designed Gnome themes that offer a modern-art look with beautiful contrasting sidebars that make your windows and desktop stand out.
8. Ultimate Maia – No-fluff, minimalist Gnome theme for Linux-enthusiasts
For the true Linux enthusiasts who love a minimalist look, the Ultimate Maia theme is going to be the best one! This theme has beautiful minimal window borders which gives the entire theme a very sleek look.
The color scheme used by this theme also reflects the simplicity that the author wanted to ensure the theme has.
9. Sweet – Colorful dark and light Gnome theme with flat material design
The Sweet theme is a flat styled, colorful theme that’s built to pop the colors on your screen. The color schemes used by the developer of this theme make your desktop stand out right away, with minimal setup.
Pair the theme with a contrasting and flat-styled icon pack, and the theme is a treat to the eyes.
10. Juno – VSCode-inspired dark Gnome theme that’s perfect for coding enthusiasts
Love the VSCode theme? Me too! From the many code editors I’ve used, VSCode was absolutely beautiful to work on. And the developer of Juno has brought a similar styled theme for Linux. It’s stunning right out of the box if you have the required dependencies installed. So if you’re a fan of VSCode, you won’t go wrong with this theme!
How to install themes and icons in Linux?
While most of the themes and icon packs offer steps to install, the steps are usually the same. The main difference is the dependencies that you need to install for each theme. You can install these dependencies by using the package manager for your distro. We have documentation for the apt command here.
Steps to install themes in Linux:
- Extract the tar file in the current working directory
- Move the entire folder to the ~/.themes
- Open up your Gnome theme manager or edit your GTK files (as you prefer)
- Select the theme you’d like to use
Steps to install icon packs in Linux:
- Extract the zip files or tar files in the current working directory
- Move the icon pack folder to the ~/.icons folder
- Open up your Gnome theme/icon pack manager
- Select the icons you’d like to apply
Which one of these Gnome themes is your favorite?
Over to you now. Which one of the above Gnome themes is your favorite? Or do you have a completely different favorite that you feel deserves a spot on this list?
Let us know in the comments below.