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



1 month ago

I found a solution. Problem is, that it effects every menu. By increasing the padding of menu-item with 3 px, you get a reasonable spacing in firefox-menu's, but this also increases the padding in every dropdown-menu... Just what I want to avoid. Anyway, in the next release there will be a fix included. Thanks for pointing this out !



1 month ago

Excellent, thank you.



1 month ago

Simply perfect! That simple.



1 month ago

BEST gtk+ theme.



1 month ago





1 month ago

thank you



1 month ago

Best Theme




1 month ago

thank you



1 month ago

This is perfect! Thank you :) for anyone wanting the white panel, edit gnome-shell.css and do the following;

Under #Panel, change background-color to rgba(251, 251, 251, 0.92). then under #panel .panel-button change color to #303030. It's as close as I'm going to get it :)



1 month ago

Left off the overview.. Whoops! Haha change that to the following (I've commented out the original, in case you wish to revert).

background-color: rgba(251, 251, 251, 0.92); /* border-image: url("common-assets/panel/panel-overview.svg") 1 1 1 1; */



2 months ago

awesome man



2 months ago

ugh, make your system look like the worst and most limited system I can think of...



4 months ago

What set of fonts are you using for your Gnome Shell ?




4 months ago

Install links don't work




4 months ago

sometimes this site is irresponsive. Tested it myself and it works for now...



5 months ago

Very good, man. Tnx!



5 months ago

can't download it



5 months ago

Any chance to port this to CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 and other distros that uses older GTK? I'm running RHEL 7.3 and I have GTK 3.14 here.

Thanks in advance!




5 months ago

GTK 3.14 has different CSS-code. It would require me to redo every setting again to comply with a (sorry) outdated gtk. From a designer view -while I understand people sometimes need to keep their old OS - the newer GTK-versions allow for more customization. Seeing that most users update their system anyway, I tend to keep my themes complying with the latest GTK.



5 months ago

Great work! I love this theme, it really deserves a PPA. Only problem I've found is that windows' shadows makes surrounding window resize area too thick. If I have two overlapping windows and I click on the one in background, if I don't click far enough from the foreground window border the click will not arrive to the background one and the cursor got the 'resize' shape.




5 months ago

Should be adressed in the latest version.



5 months ago

Hey Paul,

I am writing a layout manager for GNOME and I like your theme. I hope you are OK with my script linking to your theme.

Here is the said script:
It is also mentioned in this page:

I added you on the credits too. Please let me know if it's fine.





5 months ago

Updated the theme. I'm pleased with any publicity. So it's fine.



5 months ago

@paulxfce Thank you! Would it be possible if I asked for one small favor? Whenever you update the file the Download ID on gnome-look changes so I have to manually edit the script everytime. Would it be possible by any chance, to upload on Github (or any host) and then link to there from within gnome-look? That way the URL stays consistent. Thanks!



5 months ago


I can set up a repository and transfer ownership if your unable at the present time to do so, if you need that help.

kind regards


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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