Aurora Gtk Engine
GTK2 Themes
Description:

Description:

The Aurora Gtk Engine themes all common Gtk widgets to provide an attractive, complete and consistent look for Gtk applications.

Engine options

• menubarstyle = 1 # 0 = flat, 1 = gradient, 2 = sunken
• curvature = 5 #default widget curvature
• arrowsize = 1 # controls combo_arrow circle size. Diameter set by (11 + 2 * arrowsize)
• old_arrowstyle = FALSE #set to TRUE for original circled arrows (same as arrows in sorted tree columns)
• animation = TRUE # FALSE = disabled, TRUE = enabled (also needs to be compiled with animation support to work)

Included theme uses configurable colours and can be adjusted in Theme Preferences under GNOME.

Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback so far, it has helped catch many things that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. And as always feedback is appreciated.


Known Issues:
• Ugly widgets in: OpenOffice, Java applications
∘ Unfortunately I can't really do anything here to make them look better. I can only hope that their emulation of Gtk themes will improve over time

Installation:
• Gtk 2.12+ is required for this engine
• Must have basic development packages installed for your distribution as well as Gtk2 development package in order to build engine
• Includes both the gtkRc theme, and the Gtk engine


To install the theme engine extract it to somewhere convenient and in that directory,
run: "./configure --prefix=/usr" then "make"
For animation support add "-enable-animation" when running "./configure"
Then as a root user "make install".

Then install the gtkrc theme by extracting to your ~/.themes directory or through the Appearance application.

To change your current theme to Aurora (under GNOME) open up the Appearance application (usually somewhere under System > Preferences) click the Customize button and under the controls tab select the theme you want.

Finally thanks to everyone along the line who have worked on the clearlooks and clearlooks based engines as without their work this engine would not exist.

Now go download and enjoy!

Changelog:

8 years ago

1.5.1
"¢ Metacity theme no longer flickers with Compiz enabled
1.5
NEW/REDISGNED
"¢ New list view headers
"¢ Borderless notebook support (Gedit is one of the few applications that uses this)
"¢ Included an updated version of the Blended metacity theme to better match the look of Aurora

CHANGES
"¢ Changed tab shading
"¢ Focus glow reduced to 2 px

FIXES/ENHANCEMENTS
"¢ Removed double border in Calendars
"¢ Centered menu separators
"¢ Firefox button backgrounds
"¢ Allowed enginge params on per widget basis
"¢ Many, many small tweaks and fixes

2 years ago

ScoreUnder

I found a bug in this theme engine, if someone creates a progress bar with strange dimensions it will cause either an infinite loop or a very long loop with enough memory allocation to crash the program.

https://github.com/ScoreUnder/gtk-aurora-engine-fixed/commit/ae14fddcf07b3406fe53c4b7322181a0ff7c1627
Please apply this patch if you can!

It's happened in some wxpython program before and the bug "fixed" when I switched to another theme, so I decided to patch this one.

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4 years ago

supino

I installed the engine, and GTK theme.. But it says that i need GTK+ theme engine aurora installed. It doesn't recognize my installed engine :(! This theme looks amazing, im really sad. (Linux Mint 14, 64bits)

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6 years ago

michaelinux

hey man, i think i'm having some kind of bug with your theme, every time a right click on a file the menu disappears unless i hold it.
i say it's a bug in your theme because i've tried using other themes and the problem is gone.
what can i do.
your theme is really amazing and i don't want to stop using it.

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5 years ago

anonadvice

Check out this post:

https://zuttobenkyou.wordpress.com/2008/11/10/aurora-gtk-engine-14-fix-for-thunar/

Worked for me! gtkrc was in /usr/share/themes/Aurora/gtk-2.0 though.

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6 years ago

ketheriel

2 things:

1. I've made a patch you should merge with upstream, since it helps packagers. You can find the patch here: http://tinyurl.com/36o7kkt

2. Remove metacity-theme-2.xml~ from the Aurora Metatheme. It once more helps packagers, and provides clearner spec files.

Good job.

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6 years ago

BassUltra

Is there a wiki about the aurora engine? DanRabbit is using a little bit of aurora in his theme (which I'm using as a base) and I'd like to know a bit more about aurora.

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6 years ago

wump

Thanks, this makes GTK look really good and user friendly, finally something that can compete with QT :)

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6 years ago

MarcusMoeller

Hi all.

I am searching for a way to de-crease the arrow size within the menus.

Greets
Marcus

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6 years ago

N3RVE

Please, how do I start the application?

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7 years ago

jesusmccloud

wuahaha. i am playin aroudn with a mash up of murrine and aurora (i just changed the hex value from gray to white, because i liek white more) and well.... progress:

http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/8986/screenshotkv.png

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6 years ago

Cycron

woah... how did you get the menu bar transparent??? is that possible with pixmaps?

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6 years ago

jesusmccloud

it is a mix of murrine and aurora

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7 years ago

gracca

I have created RPM packages of Aurora engine for Fedora, archs i686 and x86_64:

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Aurora+Gtk+Engine+%28Fedora+RPMs%29?content=118089

Thanks for this beautiful engine!

Germán

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7 years ago

smurflappy

Using some themes (seems to be ones that use the Aurora Engine) cause controls such as text boxes, buttons, etc not to show up or show properly. I first noticed this in 9.04 for menu items that seemed to be blank but showed up when rolled over. Using these themes in 9.10 make other controls have the same problem.

I'm pretty sure theme/theme engine related as choosing a theme that comes with the default install has no problems.

Here is a screenshot of a Compiz screen:

A default theme: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/1539884/normal1.png
An Aurora theme: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/1539884/bad1.png

Some show.. some don't.. I can get a number of them to show by rolling over/clicking. Using gedit for example has the text area show all grey until I highlight the lines.

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7 years ago

smurflappy

Sorry for the crappy format, I cut and pasted from my post on ubuntuforums. Just wondering if anyone else has seen this or could hint at a cause/solution.

Thanks

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7 years ago

tadeufilippini

cool

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7 years ago

rassen

how i can decrease the arrow size in gnome menu ?

the aurora arrow too big for me:
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/8937/auroraarrowmenu.png

how can decrease like this:
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/381/defaultarrowmenu.png

thx.

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7 years ago

brainvision

I think you could rename the smaller arrows file and copy it in the exact directory where the other file is.. You have to substitute the file!
Or maybe, if you want to understand better how a gtk theme file works.. you have to open gtkrc and look at the code.. you'll find that it's easier as you thought!!

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7 years ago

vishytk

Is there any chance of seeing RGBA support in this great theme engine.

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7 years ago

Rimfrost

This theme doesnt install right as it shall in Fedora 11 x64.
After install is complete it says that the theme cant be used because the Aurora engine isnt installed, EVEN that it is installed.

Kind of strange dont you think?
How about a rpm for Fedora x64 instead of build everything from source. RPM packages can sometimes be more easy to use.


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7 years ago

MarionCobretti

For Fedora 64 bit, you HAVE to specify lib64 as the libdir. This may be true of other 64 bit architectures as well. Anyway, go back to the directory you compiled in, and enter "make uninstall" as root to take get rid of the files it put in /usr/lib. Then stop being root, and run this:

./configure --prefix=/usr --exec-prefix=/usr --enable-animation --libdir=/usr/lib64

You could leave off --enable-animation, but you get the gist.

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7 years ago

koxmoz

or....

sudo cp /usr/lib/gtk-2.0/2.10.0/engines/libaurora.* /usr/lib64/gtk-2.0/2.10.0/engines

Not to have that uninstall and to return to install .... to muach bored·!·!·!·

good luck·!·!·

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7 years ago

vlad88sv

This engine must be present in standard Ubuntu channels!.

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7 years ago

wers

A BIG +1

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7 years ago

wers

I am going to take making Aurora themes seriously. However, I do not have resources other than other Aurora theme gtkrc's.

Where else could I learn about making themes on Aurora? Where can I find all engine options and other relevant information? =)

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