GTK3 Themes


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GNOME-OSX-V-Traditional/ Gnome-OSX-traditional-light-menu and its No Transparency-versions
GNOME-OSX V-HSierra / Gnome-OSX-HSierra-light-menu and its no transparency versions
GNOME-OSX V-Space-grey and its no transparency version

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Made by paulxfce (alias Manjarocinnamonfan, paulubuntu).

Latest update:

New Update: 16/02/2018: Each theme has a non-transparent-version. Download one theme will extract 2 themes: the original and it No-Transparency counterpart
New Update: 04/02/2018: New variants of themes with light menu-backgrounds / Fix for Libre-Office ugly tab-button at the rightside.
New update: 30/01/2018: Smaller tabs and consequent button-sizes across all themes
New Update: 7/01/2018: redesigned the tabs, bugs fixes.
New Update: 12/12/2017: Fixed the maximized titlebar in Gnome-OSX-V-traditional.
New Update: 5/12/2017: uploaded correct versions
New Update: 4/12/2017: restore-button did not show in maximized-backdrop-state. Fixed it.
New update: 3/12/2017: Corrected infobar-button-colors, so they look normal (f.e. restore-empty buttons in the trash window of nautilus)
New Update: 3/12/2017: Corrected theme-parsing-errors
New Update: 1/12/2017: Main new feature: Transparent and rounded menus, added the High-Sierra-version, allot of polishing and finetuning
New update: 22:11:2017: Maximized titlebutton-issue in Chrome-browser solved; nautilus-redesign; hamburger-menu's-redesign; Synaptic-toolbar-issue solved;
New update:15/11/2017: Corrected bugs and inconsistencies.
New update: 26/10/2017: Solved bugs: undo-button is dark; contextmenu was not holding the intial font. Fixed that.
New: update: 19/10/2017: Added Space-grey-variant, GTK 3.26-ready, new Shell-theme. New font.
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 new dark theme (Space-grey) , so Terminal, Photo's, and Video's are automatically dark-themed.

Gnome-OSX-IV-Space-Grey is also available seperately. This has the benefit of GTK 2.0- theming also.
Added the HighSierra-variant too.
New: Traditional and HSierra come with a variant that uses light background for menu's. Useful for those with bad ( blueish )screens, since menu's tend to be blue instead of grey.

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.(Space grey)
- Use of gradients and shadows to improve readability.
- Same theming across GTK2 and GTK3. (See screenshots).

Separate download for Shell-themes:
- New Shell-theme to complement the Space-grey-variant
- Shell theme with white dock and slighty dark top-bar
- Shell theme with dark dock and dark top-bar

The 'Extra'-file contains fonts and some backgrounds.

This theme is developed on gnome 3.20 and updated to 3.26
This only works on a gnome-desktop, no support for other desktop-environments.
It also works on Ubuntu 17.10

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)


The latest gnome-distributions use Wayland (such as Ubuntu 17.10) instead of Xorg as the default compositor. This has the annoying problem that you can not install Synaptic Package Manager ( or at least it just does not show up, if you have). Why would I need Synaptic Package Manager? Because Ubuntu 17.10 does not support GTK2- applications properly, resulting in weird theming ). And you need some packages that are not present in the default 'Ubuntu Software'. How to solve this?

1. If you are in Ubuntu 17.10: log out, then, when you log back in under your username you have a settings-icon, choose Xorg in the drop-down list. This starts your session using Xorg as the compositor.
2. Open up Ubuntu Software and install Synaptic Package Manager.
3. When finished, fire up Synaptic Package Manager and install gtk2-engines-pixbuf (and its dependencies).
4. When finished, restart your computer.

This results in GTK 2 applications such as 'The Gimp' and 'Inkscape' to be themed properly.

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-pixbuf is the terminal command, if you want the easy way.

On the subject: I personally use Xorg as the compositor because the color-picker (an important tool for graphical applications) does not work under Wayland. And I get to use the Synaptic Package Manager, which is (in my opinion ) better than the default Ubuntu Software. Next, under Wayland, Drop-down menus on GTK2-applications tend to remain visible even if you change applications, which is a very annoying bug. (at least in my set-up)

How to install:

First: Download the file; extract it; and you will find two themes. a version with transparency, another with NT (No Transparency); copy both files 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 Myriad Set Pro Semibold (12pt,scaling factor:1,00) as the interface-font. This font is easy to get. Just google it...

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"

In Gnome 3.26 gnome-tweak has a option to change the position of the titlebuttons, so the above steps are not necessary.

The original version 2.6 remains available.
Last changelog:

Bugfixes and redesign of the tabs 2 months ago

Bugfixes and redesign of the tabs


3 months ago

Great... Best "gnome-desktop-interpretation of Mac OSX" themes are made by Paul. Thanks.

Bug: Mousehover effect on nautilus sidebar is acting weird (is doesnt come back to normal transparency #color after :hover. It gets a bit darker!!)

Feature request: Shell theme should become opaque when windows are maximized.



3 months ago

hi paul,

Mousehover effect not working on Firefox and Chrome Also button borders.
Preview mousehover:
Button border:

Some corrections are required in the selection border

and a color suggestion for selection borders



3 months ago

dear paulxfce,
I noticed a small anomaly in the appearance of the windows title bar (traditional version theme, I do not know in others).
The bar is perfectly integrated as the windows are in normal size instead it appears with a lighter shade of gray when the window is in full screen, see images at link
This happens with applications like Chrome, Firefox and LibreOffice.
thank you




3 months ago

Yes, is fixed in the latest version. Thank you for telling me!



3 months ago

Many thanks
for me ok now
I will be careful if any other anomaly appears
Thank you so much for your work



3 months ago

could you support gnome 3.18 ?




3 months ago

In sort: no. To much work, and it is a 'dead' end-job, because most distro's switch to higher (3.22+) gnome versions. That why I keep away from making a cinnamon-version (still use 3.18). Just upgrade to a newer distro that supports 3.20+.



3 months ago

So Coooooooll .... it's very nice theme. How can I use this theme on Deepin OS 15.5, I tried to install it ( copy it to ~/.theme folder) but it doesn't appear on deepin-control-center's theme setting. Could you please make it compatible with Deepin OS... or Maybe anyone knows how to get it works on deepin os ??? Please tell me bro




3 months ago

Deepin has a lot of custom-made apps that do not follow gtk properly. to make it work properly, would require to much work and expertise (I do not have). But, hey, if anyone cares to try....



3 months ago

I know your theme will not work properly on Deepin, at least for now, it will not affect Deepin's native apps.

But it is usefull for Gnome native apps, very nice :)



3 months ago

I just take deepin original theme file "index.theme" on : /usr/share/theme/deepin and place it on your theme folder, and edit that "index.theme" file -> replace the "Name", "MetacityTheme" & "GtkTheme" lines with your original theme name.

and then I create empty folder called "metacity-1". -> Reboot my Laptop. Done.

Now it works :), It appears on Deepin Control Center now and I can apply it.
even though only affect GTK native apps, just fine.

Thanks for your nice theme, Thanks for your effort. Good Job :)

If you dont mind, please make some changes to the Space Gray variant. Currently I'm using firefox 57.0, it is too dark for this textarea. It is decrease readability. Thx



3 months ago

Hi! I must say I really like your High Sierra GTK theme which I'm currently using with a slightly modified Human-NEXT Shell theme.

I'm however less fond of the dark Space grey theme as I think it needs more refinement. I also think the headerbar shouldn't be lighter than the rest of the window. But that isn't my choice to make: it is your theme after all.

I'd also like to report what seems to be a bug: in GNOME Files 3.26, when using the icon view, the background is white. However, if you open a new tab, the background becomes grey in both tabs. Closing all tabs but one makes the background white again.




3 months ago

You are right: the tabs need to be redesigned...another topic on the growing TODO-list



3 months ago

Why hover doesn't disappear after mouseout ?




3 months ago

It does, for most people anyway, some graphic-cards do not handle transparency(the background) up on transparency (hover-transparency) very well, creating artifacts. please tell me which distro (+version) and graphic card



3 months ago

Ubuntu 17.10
Intel® Pentium(R) CPU P6200 @ 2.13GHz × 2
GeForce 310M/PCIe/SSE2 (driver version: 340.104)




3 months ago

Well, I'm working on it. Replacing the hover-colors without transparency. I'll get back to you.



3 months ago

thank you very much, i'll wait update :)




3 months ago

Please test this version (download-link:)

It is a bit difficult to correct something that I can't reproduce myself, so try this one, see if it works?



3 months ago

Sorry, same effect :(



3 months ago

Can u tell me what class is using to make this hover. I`l try to fix it from my side :) need class name or string. Thanks!



3 months ago

Ok i found where problem is, and the only way to fix it, its remove linergradient from background of side bar, for me its ok. So thanks for all!




3 months ago

That is what I did too, with my older versions (removing the gradient), but I was trying a elegant way out. But if you are happy with your solution, go ahead



3 months ago

I think its possible, but not so elegant way, i`l try to add png image with gradient to get same effect like gradient. But yes i happy with this solution because gradient it self not so expressed , almost not seen, so yes i didn't lost much.



3 months ago

I make some fixes work everywhere:

background-image: url("objects/sbbg.png");
background-size: cover;

background it self:


Bugfixes and redesign of the tabs 2 months ago

Bugfixes and redesign of the tabs

Corrected maximized window in Traditional-version 3 months ago

Corrected maximized window in Traditional-version

Re-added Shell themes 3 months ago

Re-added shell themes

Uploaded correct versions 3 months ago

Accidentally uploaded older versions

Fixed restore-titlebutton in maximized-backdrop-state 3 months ago

Fixed restore-titlebutton in maximized-backdrop-state

Corrected the infobar-colors 3 months ago

Restore and empty buttons where incorrect on some gnome-versions. Corrected them.

Corrected theme parsing errors 3 months ago

Corrected theme parsing errors

Transparency and new theme 3 months ago

Introduced transparent and rounded menus
High-Sierra version added

More transparency, nautilus-redesign, chrome-browser-issue and synaptic-issue solved 4 months ago

- Maximized titlebutton issue in chrome-browser (when using its own titlebar) is solved (created restore-buttons)
- The searchbar in nautilus is redesigned (removed the background)
- Hamburger-menus are redesigned (more transparency, lighter hover-color)
- When hovering over menu-items the blue color is a gradient, instead of a flat color.
- Sidebar of nautilus is transparent.
- Synaptic -package-manager-toolbar-color-ssue is fixed.

Corrected Bugs-release 4 months ago

Solved bugs and inconsistencies

Bugs solved 4 months ago

fixed contextmenu not holding font
Fixed UNDO-button not showing dark background

Solved problem dark toolbar buttons in libre-office 5 months ago

Solved problem dark active toolbar buttons in libre-office in the light version. Tanks to Tpypts for pointing it out.

Version IV 5 months ago

Gnome 3.26 ready, New variant: Space-Grey

Version 3.0 6 months ago

New version

Added a github-link 10 months ago

Files are now available at my github

Update to gnome 3.24 10 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 1 year 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) 1 year ago

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

Window resize area reduced 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

Version 2 1 year 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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Thank you for your good job. Space Grey is my daily use theme. It has some problems with gtk2 (like tab headers,...), i hope you may have time to deal that problems.

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Very nice work. This is my default theme.

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Great! theme, the repository on GitHub is missing to support the development of this xD

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very nice, looking forward to the Gnome Pro updates. Keep up the good work

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Very nice theme. It doesn't show the maximize button for Google Chrome, but a lot of themes seem to have that problem. Hopefully that's fixed in a future update.

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It's very nice,thank you!

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very good

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This is theme very beautiful and really well done. Everything works perfectly on Ubuntu 17.10 Gnome 3.26. I appreciate the hard work and attention to detail that must have gone into creating this theme. Thank you.

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This is really really slick mate, well done.

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Greatest, works well on gnome 3.26

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Best Theme

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

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