GTK3 Themes
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Made by paulxfce (alias Manjarocinnamonfan, paulubuntu)

Latest update:

New update: 13/09/2017: Completely new theme
New update: 10/6/2017: Bug fixes
New update 14/5/2017: Compliant with gnome 3.24; smaller headerbar and buttons; removed redundant code; added Github-page
New update 16/02/2017
New update 12/2/2017
New Update: 11/2/2017
New Update 9/2/2017

This is a gnome-desktop-interpretation of Mac OSX. I've tried to implement the feel of OSX on the gnome-applications. In version 3.0 I've modernized it in every little detail. There is nothing (not a single item) that is not new. Resulting in a completely rewritten GTK.CSS-file four times bigger than the previous one, while the theme feels more responsive. I've also added a dark theme, so Terminal, Photo's, and Video's are automatically dark-themed.

I've spend a great deal of time (3 months) and effort on this theme into fine-tuning it, so I hope you try before you judge !

Main features:

- Support for dark theme.
- Use of gradients and shadows to improve readability.
- Same theming across GTK2 and GTK3. (See screenshots)

Separate download for Shell-themes:

- Shell theme with white dock and slighty dark top-bar
- Shell theme with dark dock and dark top-bar

The 'Extra'-file contains the Droid Sans -font and some backgrounds.

This theme is developed on gnome 3.20 and updated to 3.24
This only works on a gnome-desktop, no support for other desktop-environments.

When, as such, theming does not look the way it should be: make sure you have installed the necessary theme-"engines":

- The gnome-themes-standard package,
- The murrine engine. This has different names depending on your distro.
gtk-engine-murrine (Arch Linux)
gtk2-engines-murrine (Debian, Ubuntu, elementary OS)
gtk-murrine-engine (Fedora)
gtk2-engine-murrine (openSUSE)
gtk-engines-murrine (Gentoo)

How to install:

First: Just copy the extracted file to a '.themes'-folder you make in your home directory.
Then use Tweak-tool to select the GTK and shell theme.
LOG OUT AND BACK IN for changes to take effect !

Second: This theme was set out to use Droid Sans Regular (11pt,scaling factor:1,00) as the interface-font. (You can find the font in the 'Extra'-file in the download-section. Using other fonts (or bigger) might result in strangly formed buttons.

Third: OSX uses titlebuttons on the left-side:
To put the buttons to the left open a terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout "close,minimize,maximize:"

To put the buttons back to the right in case you want to revert:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ":minimize,maximize,close"

The original version 2.6 remains available.
Last changelog:

Version 3.0 1 month ago

New version


10 days ago

Bug: Title font isn't readable in dark applications.




10 days ago

Suggestion: Create a github repository for other people help in the project.



10 days ago

There is a small adjustment to be made: in Nautilus, when you delete a file, a popup menu is show. The "undo" button seems to be disabled.



10 days ago




11 days ago

Thank you so much for this theme! This is the best OSX theme for Linux for today! Will you add supporting the Ubuntu MATE 17.10? Ubuntu MATE provides layouts in OSX spirit.



15 days ago

The best OSX like theme for Gnome3... now only misses a shell theme as well to be full feature :)



19 days ago

Thanks for this great theme. In ubuntu 17.10 beta 2 I only see an incorrect aspect in synaptic in the area of the button bar on the left. OSX theme sierra does not show this problem.



27 days ago

Your theme is absolutely fabulous. perfect with gnome 3.24. On gnome 3.26 (Ubuntu 17.10) a little problem with the icons close to the running applications button in the gnome shell panel. Tried to correct this but no clue how to tweak the gnome-shell.css



29 days ago

The layout is broken because I still use gnome 3.18 and it is not supported?



29 days ago

yes, updated to gnome 3.20 and the layout is ok. Only one problem on ubuntu 16.04 gnome 3.20 - the buttons of the Files window only are not correctly aligned to the left - there is some extra space. On the HSierra there is no such a space but I prefer global dark theme which you have but there is missing. Great theme, indeed!



29 days ago

I found the problem, it is in gtk-dark.css, don't know why you put this large padding but on the line 6111

nautilus-window.maximized headerbar, .nautilus-window headerbar {
/* padding-left: 88px;*/} .

I've comment it and everything looks ok .



1 month ago

can you reduce the drop shadow? the performance of e. g. chrome is very slow. nautilus is good. why?




1 month ago

I will reduce the shadows on the window in the next release. The problem? The way gnome handles the window of non-pure-gnome app's. The way the shadows are drawn is different (btw, gnome makes its own titlebar on non-headerbar-app's). Also, the 'drag'-area (the area that is available for the pointer that enables you to change the window-size) is also different. So in this theme there is a carefull trade-off between these different approaches, but still trying to add more shadow. Anyway, in the next release I will reduce the drop-shadow. Hopefully, it would deal with you issue.



1 month ago

1 suggestion:

a option maybe, when the windows is maximized the corners stays round. (like on the original theme of gnome)



1 month ago

love the look, best theme i can find. good work thanks



1 month ago

Great theme! I have three suggestions:

- Make the context menu borders rounded
- Offer a variation without the fake blur texture on context menus
- Reduce titlebar gradient intensity so it looks more like macOS




1 month ago

rounded context menu border? tried it, but -for some reason- the rounded corners of context-menus tend to work only inside ( and I mean literally inside the window) the application. Once the menu goes outside the window the rounded corners are gone. Thing is, I use linear-gradient images for the background of the menu's, not just a color. I'm still trying to figure out what I can do.



13 days ago

Rounded *original* menus are impossible to do, because of way it's drawn. Gnome menus drawn different, so it can be rounded without problems. For transparency the same thing.



1 month ago

Hi. F26, gnome 3.24.3. Contrary to your other fine theme I'm currently using, HSierra-S, spacing between items in right button menus is at least awkward, no matter what font I have used, Cantarell or Droid-Sans.
Observed in nautilus, gnome-terminal, gedit firefox etc.




1 month ago

could you post a screenshot somehow?



1 month ago

Menus diff. Above HSierra-S-1.2.1S, below OSX-III-1.0




1 month ago

There is a row of buttons above the menu-items. Which I do not have in this version (3.24.2). It is a firefox- related right-context menu, I see now. The same happens when you show the menubar in firefox. The items are without spacing... The problem is that right-context-menu's are at the mercy of the application under which you use it. They tend to look different in other applications as well. I see what I can do about it...



1 month ago

The exact same look is present in nautilus, gedit, terminal as stated above.
If it helps, previous version i.e. osx-ii-26 does not show this behaviour.




1 month ago

right-space menu have a top and bottom space, to make the selected (blue) background stand out more. But spacing between the items has not been altered ( there is a line between groups of items ), at least in gnome 3.24.2.




1 month ago

context -menu's in standard gnome-apps have a top and bottom space, to make the selected (blue) bar stand out more. Spacing between items should be fine (nothing is changed); item-groups have a line between them now. This is not the case in HSierra-S. That may explain the difference I've tested it in gnome 3.24.2 and it looks as intended.


Version 3.0 1 month ago

New version

Added a github-link 5 months ago

Files are now available at my github

Update to gnome 3.24 5 months ago

Updated the theme to work with the latest gnome.
Headerbar and buttons are a bit smaller.
Redesigned the window-decoration and shadows to address issues
Removed redundant code.

Solution for nautilus-menu-disabled-items -theming. New sidebar background 7 months ago

Solution for nautilus-menu-disabled-items -theming. New sidebar background
Thanks Gelonek for finding the bug. I appreciate the feedback!

Added a theme-version with no transparent sidebar (NT) 7 months ago

At request: a version with no transparency set for the nautilus sidebar.

Window resize area reduced 7 months ago

'Melk' pointed out to the problem of the large area the resizing cursor takes before the pointer focusses on the other items on the desktop. He is absolutely right. The margin was set to 10px. Which is wrong. I now reduced the margin-size to 3px. I re-uploaded a correct version (an update again...) 2.4.

System-log errors corrected 7 months ago

Autocrosser1 pointed out that the theme created 'log-flooding', which pointed to colors not defined properly. Updated the download-file with a corrected version 2.3

Refining theme 7 months ago

-fixed the round button on sliders not showing a border
-made new check-and radio buttons
-harmonized the size and spacing of check-and radio buttons across GTK2- and GTK- applications
-removed the dotted inner box that showed the focus-button, because it was ugly...
- harmonized the line-color and depth beneath the headerbar or menubar across GTK2 and GTK3
-Blurred background remains even in maximized window-state
-removed the dotted line that appears at the top or bottom when scrolling trough lenghty lists (overshoot and undershoot)
reduced the default button-height to 20px, thereby making the buttons smaller in GTK3

Side-bar 7 months ago

New Side-bar solution: using blurred background, instead of transparent color

Version 2 7 months ago

Major changes in this theme:
- lighter theme, with rounded buttons
- transparent sidebar with bolded text-elements (just like mac-osx-finder)
- elevated and rounded buttons
- exclusion of original unfocused window theming: only title-buttons are greyed out
- overall fine-tuning

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