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Top 10 Gnome Themes for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) uses Unity as the default desktop, developed on the top Gnome 3. So if you’re using Unity or Gnome Shell interface with Ubuntu 12.04, you can try these cool GTK 3 themes – to have more fun in desktop experience with Ubuntu or any other GNU/Linux distributions that uses Gnome 3 (e.g Linux Mint, Fedora etc).

Most of these themes are based on the users ratings and popularity (no_of_downloads) at gnome-look.org or deviantART, download link (to theme page) is there – below each theme.

#1. Zukitwo


Download Zukitwo Theme

#2. MediterraneanNight

mediterraneanNight Theme

Download it

#3. Gray Day


Download Gray Day Theme

#4. Adwaita Cupertino


Download Adwaita Cupertino

#5. Elegant Brit

elegant-brit Theme


#6. Orion


Download This Theme

#7. OMG Suite


Download it

#8. Malys


Download it

#9. Hope



#10. A new Start


Download this theme

Enjoy :)

Thanks to the theme developers for their awesome themes and screenshots.

zukitwo-theme with Ubuntu

Top 10 GNOME shell themes

I think that – Ubuntu 11.10 is going to rock with Gnome Shell interface (there was some critical compatibility problem with unity desktop, in earlier version). Unity also got a lot of innovative features (so I like it) but I love Gnome 3 (with Gnome Shell). After installing Ubuntu 11.10, install some necessary apps first then you may want to customize the login screen or themes. If you are a regular reader of this blog – then you might have noticed that – I’ve already covered few cool and best collection of Gnome 3 themes – i.e GTK3 and Gnome shell themes but in this article, I’m going to focus on Gnome Shell theme.

I’ve tried a lot of cool and beautiful themes in Ubuntu 11.10 but here is the list of my favorite Top 10 – cool and best gnome shell themes, that you may want to try. All are good looking, Fun and Amazingly great artworks.

Best Gnome Shell Themes

1. Zukitwo

currently, It’s my most favorite Gnome Shell theme on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot, I’m using beta version, stable will be out within few days). It looks great! The theme is available not only as Gnome Shell Theme but also as GTK 3 theme and GTK 2 theme, so even if you are not using Gnome shell or Ubuntu, you can try it in older version of Ubuntu. The theme has been updated frequently and the bugs has been fixed actively to work seamlessly.

zukitwo-theme with Ubuntu

Download Zukitwo Gnome Shell Theme by lassekongo83

2. Atolm

Atolm Gnome Shell theme

Download Atolm Gnome Shell Theme by half-left

3. Slave


Download Slave Gnome Shell Theme by half-left

4. Nord

nord - gnome-shell theme

Download Nord Gnome Shell Theme by 0rax0

5. Metal X


Download Metal X Gnome Shell theme by justviper

6. Elementary Viper Luna

Elementary luna-shell-theme

Download Elementary Viper Luna theme by justviper

 7. Capazul


Download Capazul Gnome Shell theme by plaidcounty

8. Orta

Orta Gnome Shell Theme

Download Orta Gnome Shell Theme

9. Adwaita White

adwaita-White shell-theme

Download Adwaita Gnome Shell Theme by oberon27

10. MinimaZero

MinimaZero Gnome Shell Theme

Download MinimaZero Theme by plaastik

How to install Gnome Shell Themes in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) ?


You can install it either manually (lets go with it) or using ‘gnome shell extension’. First, extract the theme packages and copy the gnome-shell directory to the usr/share/gnome-shell directory. Then rename the ‘theme’ directory to something else – e.g theme_default. Now, rename the gnome-shell directory (you’ve copied) to theme. You’re done. Simply Reload the Gnome Shell Theme either by – press ALT+F2 then type r and hit enter or logging out from the current session will also reload the theme when you will be back.

Update : If you want a Mac like look Try Mac OS X Theme in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

MinimaZero Gnome Shell Theme

best gnome 3/shell themes

Gnome 3 is the latest version (released in last month) of Gnome Desktop, with totally different (from the previous versions) User Interface and components. Gnome 3.0 has been developed from scratch and claims to be ‘The Next Generation Desktop’. The main goal of Gnome 3 is to allow users to focus on the task with less interruption or distraction, in an elegant environment (look, feel and apps). This post is written for users who are looking for some cool and beautiful themes for the Gnome 3 desktop. You can also install Gnome shell 3 on Ubuntu 11.04 via PPA although it breaks the Unity and performance is very poor; in next release of Ubuntu i.e Ubuntu 11.10 (code named as Oneric Ocelot), it may be installed along with Unity.

Due to arrival of Gnome shell (although Gnome 3.0/Gnome shell is compatible with the previous versions) the applets, Widgets, Gadgets and Dock (Windows List, Maximize or Minimize Buttons etc..) are no longer available but, in fact a lot of other useful features are available such as Dash (some sort of launcher container which allows easier access to frequently used programs and currently running applications), new style of Panel,system status area, Window Picker, Search (System or Internet resources e.g Wikipedia ) etc; so a number of Gnome 2 features seems absolute in Gnome 3.0.

Due to lot of innovative features, Gnome 3.0 appears to be the desktop of Future (at least for Linux based operating system such as Ubuntu; Fedora 15 and OpenSuse has already released with Gnome 3 Desktop). Here is my favorite collection of top 10 Gnome 3 themes (elegant) and I hope you will like it!

10 Best Gnome 3.0 Themes

#1 : MinimaZero Theme

minimazero theme

Download MinimaZero Theme

#2 : London Smoke Theme


Download London Smoke Theme

#3 : Dark Glass


Download Dark Glass Theme

#4 : Atolm Theme


Download Atolm Theme

#5 : Orta Theme


Download Orta Theme

#6 : DrakFire Caffe Theme


Download DrakFire Caffe theme

#7 : Ubuntu Ambiance Theme


Download Ubuntu Ambiance Theme

#8 : KiK Theme


Download KiK Theme

#9 : Adwaita White


Download Adwaita White Theme

#10 : GnomeShell 0.1 Theme


Download this theme

Update 1 : One great theme added!

Other Great Themes that you must try :



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best themes for ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Ubuntu 11.04 (or code name : Natty Narwhal simply : Natty) or its previous version 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) has shipped with a great collection of good looking themes but I can’t say that – those are the best. It depends on your choice and flavor; enjoy the flexibility of Ubuntu or other Linux Distribution; I mean you can customize the look and feel as you want – a lot of options are waiting there for you (right click on desktop select themes -> customize and begin!).

This post will give an overview of some of the best themes for Unity desktop (Ubuntu 11.04 users) as well as for Gnome desktop (for Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04 users). All the cool and great themes I’ll talk about, are totally free of cost,so just download it and try. I change my desktop theme often, mostly –  twice in a week. If you do like to try new things and want to give a new look to your ubuntu desktop them you may like to install some of my favorite top 10 collection of ubuntu themes (it doesn’t include unity or Gnome 3.0 themes). Finally, here is few (more precisely it’s 10) cool, beautiful and best Ubuntu themes that I like most –

10 Best Gnome Themes for Ubuntu

#1 : Elementary Lion


Download Elementary Lion Theme

#2 : Gotchione Theme

gotchione theme for ubuntu

Download gotchione theme

#3 : Victory Theme

victory-theme for ubuntu
Download Victory Theme

#4 : Equinox Evolution Theme


Download Equinox theme

#5 : Aero Clone

aero-clone for ubuntu

Download Aero Clone

#6 : Mac OSX Tiger Theme


Download osx tiger theme

#7 : Elegant Brit Theme


Download Elegant Brit Theme

#8 : Good Choice Theme


Download good choice theme

#9 : gekosMac Theme


Download gekosMac Theme

#10 : Mint X Metal Dark


Download Mint X Metal Dark Theme

Macbuntu Theme

cool Ubuntu themes

Ubuntu(for all versions – 10.04(Lucid Lynx)/10.10(Maverick Meerkat) or the upcoming version 11.04(Natty Narwhal) with classic desktop selected at login menu,because Ubuntu 11.04 uses Unity desktop, by default) uses GNOME Desktop as the default Window Manager.

GNOME is the most popular(of course it’s free and open source) desktop for Linux Distributions, probably due to its(GNOME) flexibility and the desktop components (Themes, Icons, GDM, Window Managers provided by Compiz, Emerald, Metacity etc.) available freely on the Internet (so you can customize the desktop as you want, the Only limit is your Imagination Power).

There are lot of free, Awesome and cool GNOME themes available on the Web, so lets(I change/rotate my theme at least once a week) try something new,something different, because we are Humans, and of course – Linux users, so picky (because we have always a lot of options available for a single task). Since I am listing the themes for gnome desktop so most of the themes will not only work on Ubuntu but also on other Linux Distros,which uses GNOME as their default desktop e.g Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian etc. Finally here is my all time favorite(and great) collection of 10 cool Ubuntu Themes(I assume you are using GNOME Desktop) –

Great collection of 10 Cool Ubuntu Themes

#1 : Macbuntu

cool-Ubuntu-themes1 - macbuntu


Installing Macbuntu is easy but(may be not) if are you an absolute beginner, in that case – the given link may help you in installing macbuntu on Ubuntu 10.10.

#2 : Orta



#3 : Victory(Strikes Again)



#4 : myDesk



#5 : Wolfe



#6 : Equinox Evolution



#7 : HalfLook



#8 : Wildcat



#9 : Simply Basic II



#10 : Mint-X DarkPanel



How to install those cool and great looking themes on Ubuntu

#1 : Download the theme packages, that you want to install(link is given above,below each theme)

#2 : get the *.tar.gz package,if it is compressed in any other format.

#3 : Now move on to –  System->Preferences->Appearance  then Drag the theme package(*.tar.gz) and drop it to theme tab in the Appearance window. That’s All ..

The Themes, I have described above, implies my choice ..what is your favorite Ubuntu Theme ? We would be thankful if you share your experience/choice through Comments.