GTK3 Themes

Clearlooks-Phénix aims at creating a GTK3 port of Clearlooks, the default theme for Gnome 2. Style is also included for GTK2, Unity and for Metacity, Openbox and Xfwm4 window managers.


  • for Clearlooks-Phénix v1: packages gtk2-engines (if GTK2 applications are used) and gnome-themes-standard;

  • for Clearlooks-Phénix v2: packages gtk2-engines (if GTK2 applications are used), gnome-themes-standard and gtk3-engines-unico.

  • for Clearlooks-Phénix v3 and newer: packages gtk2-engines (if GTK2 applications are used).

  • Download:

    Download the appropriate version according to your situation:

  • for GTK 3.0 and 3.2: Clearlooks-Phénix v1;

  • for GTK 3.4: Clearlooks-Phénix v2;

  • for GTK 3.6: Clearlooks-Phénix v3;

  • for GTK 3.8: Clearlooks-Phénix v4;

  • for GTK 3.10 and 3.12: Clearlooks-Phénix v5;

  • for GTK 3.14: Clearlooks-Phénix v6;

  • for GTK 3.20: Clearlooks-Phénix v7.

  • To find your GTK version:

  • You can check in your package manager the version of the package libgtk-3-0.

  • If you use Ubuntu, here's a correspondence between its versions and those of GTK (for a default installation of Ubuntu): Ubuntu 11.10: GTK 3.2; Ubuntu 12.04: GTK 3.4; Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04: GTK 3.6; Ubuntu 13.10: GTK 3.8; Ubuntu 14.04: GTK 3.10; Ubuntu 14.10: GTK 3.12; Ubuntu 15.04: GTK 3.14; Ubuntu 15.10: GTK 3.16; Ubuntu 16.04: GTK 3.18; Ubuntu 16.10: GTK 3.20.

  • For more details about installation or configuration, see the homepage link or the README file in the archive.


    Changelog 5 months ago

  • 2016-10-07: Clearlooks-Phénix v7 released. Compatibility with GTK 3.20 and support of HiDPI.

  • 2014-09-28: Clearlooks-Phénix v6 released. Compatibility with GTK 3.14.

  • 2014-09-23: Clearlooks-Phénix v4 released. Compatibility with GTK 3.8. Clearlooks-Phénix v5 released. Compatibility with GTK 3.10 and 3.12.

  • 2012-11-02: Minor UI fixes in Clearlooks-Phénix v2 and Clearlooks-Phénix v3.

  • 2012-10-23: Clearlooks-Phénix v3 released. Compatibility with GTK 3.6. Dropped dependencies to Adwaita and Unico engines, since the GTK built-in engine is now exclusively used. Documentation updated. Minor UI fixes.

  • 2012-06-30: minor UI fixes. Documentation updated. Wallpaper added. New styles (gnome-terminal, Unity panel...).

  • 2012-06-25: project renamed Clearlooks-Phénix. New version 2 completely rewritten and compatible with GTK 3.4. Almost all widgets now have a Clearlooks style.

  • 2012-02-01: files for Openbox and Xfwm4 window managers; better buttons style; minor UI fixes.

  • 2012-01-18: semi-transparent selection and option to choose white as font color on the desktop.

  • 2011-09-13: first version put on

  • 5 years ago


    I agree. One of the best themes. I wonder still why this idea has not been picked up by the gnome dev team.

    Anyway, this is a great work, and I will see if I can find the time to learn about theming in order to contribute.

    The first thing I would then like to change is the font color of the desktop icons (from black to white) and the selection box (need to be transparent).


    5 years ago


    I agree. One of the best themes.

    Thanks a lot.

    The first thing I would then like to change is the font color of the desktop icons (from black to white)

    See the README file on the new Clearwaita archive. I added (very simple) instructions about that.

    and the selection box (need to be transparent).

    It's now fixed. You can download the new version of Clearwaita and the selection will be semi-transparent.



    5 years ago


    this is a nice idea to make gtk3 looks like clearlooks but i m thinking your theme is not mature

    maybe (i see you are french) we can discuss of your work into via irc #ubuntu-fr-themes channel

    if you don't mind

    salut à bientot (voted good anyway at least for french solidarity)


    5 years ago



    Oui, mon thème demande sûrement plus de travail. Je l'ai fait assez rapidement, après m'être rendu compte lors de ma migration vers Gnome 3 que Clearlooks n'était pas disponible. J'ai décidé de partager ce que j'avais fait au lieu de le garder pour moi dans mon «/usr/share/themes/» :-).

    Merci pour le lien de #ubuntu-fr-themes, je ne connaissais pas ce salon. Pour l'instant, je n'ai vraiment le temps de retravailler sur le thème, mais si j'ai un peu de temps, ton lien va pouvoir servir.





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