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In this page we will see how to install 12 Gnome Shell themes compatible with Ubuntu 11.10/12.04. These Gnome Shell themes have been released recently at the deviantART website and are based on GTK3. The themes will be installed in the .themes folder in the home directory, if you haven't already created this folder, then do with this command:

mkdir ~/.themes

Enabling these Gnome Shell themes can be done with Gnome Tweak Tool or with the Ubuntu terminal as given below. Gnome Tweak Tool can be installed with the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Note: All commands given below are executed via the terminal, no need to use Gnome Tweak Tool to enable these Gnome Shell themes.

1. Purple-Craze Theme Installation


wget -O purple_craze_gtk_theme.zip http://goo.gl/ksPPo


unzip purple_craze_gtk_theme.zip -d ~/.themes


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Purple-Craze-GTK'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Purple-Craze-GTK'


2. Think Correctly Theme Installation


wget -O think_correctly_gtk_theme.zip http://goo.gl/UOkls


unzip think_correctly_gtk_theme.zip -d ~/.themes


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Think-Correctly-GTK'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Think-Correctly-GTK'




3. Orion Theme Installation


sudo apt-add-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes


sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install orion-gtk-theme


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Orion'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Orion'




4. SolidityChromium Theme Installation


wget -O soliditychromium.zip http://goo.gl/2nb7o


mkdir ~/.themes/SolidityChromium


unzip soliditychromium.zip -d ~/.themes/SolidityChromium


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'SolidityChromium'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'SolidityChromium'




5. Yellow and Black Attack Theme Installation


wget -O yellow_and_black_attack.zip http://goo.gl/SP5kP


unzip yellow_and_black_attack.zip -d ~/.themes


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Yellow and Black Attack-GTK'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Yellow and Black Attack-GTK'




6. Back n Black-Blue Edition Theme Installation


wget -O back_n_black_blue_edition.zip http://goo.gl/jfbxW


unzip back_n_black_blue_edition.zip -d ~/.themes


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Back n Black-Blue Edition'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Back n Black-Blue Edition'




7. Dark Green Machine Theme Installation


wget -O dark_green_machine.zip http://goo.gl/Ji5M6


unzip dark_green_machine.zip -d ~/.themes


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Dark Green Machine GTK'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Dark Green Machine GTK'




8. Brown n Grey Theme Installation


wget -O brown_n_grey.zip http://goo.gl/vY08y


unzip brown_n_grey.zip -d ~/.themes


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Brown n Grey Dark GTK '


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Brown n Grey Dark GTK '




9. Ice Cream Theme Theme Installation


wget -O ice_cream.zip http://goo.gl/xPeCE


unzip ice_cream.zip -d ~/.themes


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Ice Cream GTK'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Ice Cream GTK'




10. DeLorean Noir Theme Installation


wget -O delorean_noir.zip http://goo.gl/fhULA


unzip delorean_noir.zip -d ~/.themes


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'DeLorean_Noir'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'DeLorean_Noir'




11. Malys - Universal Theme Installation


wget -O malys_universal.zip http://goo.gl/GgA4X


unzip malys_universal.zip && cd "malys-theme GTK3"


tar jxvf malys-universal.tar.bz2 -C ~/.themes


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'malys-universal'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'malys-universal'




12. Orta Theme Installation


wget -O orta_theme.zip http://goo.gl/i6MhB


mkdir ~/.themes/orta


unzip orta_theme.zip -d ~/.themes/orta


gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'orta'


gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'orta'





You can beautify these Gnome Shell themes by using with them an Ubuntu icon theme from here.

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