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3 Best GTK themes for Linux

One of the most common myths surrounding Linux is that it is difficult to use. But this is no longer true, today many Linux distributions are quite simple to use and where it is not necessary to know how to use the terminal to use it. On the other hand, there is the myth that Linux is a very ugly system. And this, although on some occasions it can be true, the truth is that thanks to the themes, it is possible to customize any Linux distribution. So in this post, we bring you the 3 best GTK themes in Linux.

Customization in Linux thanks to GTK themes

Thanks to the modular design of Linux, several different desktop environments are possible. Of the most popular desktops, there are those based on GTK.

GTK is a graphics library that was initially used to create the Gimp‘s graphical interface. With GTK many applications are made for Linux, but also complete desktop environments.

Desktop environments are an essential part of a Linux distribution since they are the graphical interface of it. But it’s not only limited to that, but it also incorporates many programs that integrate with it and form what we see when using, for example, Ubuntu.

Desktop environments made with GTK are mostly within Linux. This includes the important GNOME, MATE, Cinnamon or XFCE which are some of the flavors of Ubuntu.

By default, these desktop environments look nice, but they can always be improved by adding some GTK themes.

As expected, these GTK themes greatly modify the appearance of the environment. It is even possible to imitate the graphical interface of other operating systems thanks to these themes.

If you are one of those people who like to modify the appearance of their operating system, here are the 3 best GTK themes for you to enjoy.

The 3 best GTK themes for Linux

These GTK themes can be used in distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Fedora. Or in anyone that uses a GTK desktop environment.

So, before we start I want to clarify that there are many beautiful GTK themes. And in the end, it’s a matter of feeling.

Vimix GTK Theme

We start with this great theme that will make your desktop look modern, nimble and elegant.

The Vimix GTK theme -- image from https://github.com/vinceliuice/vimix-gtk-themes
The Vimix GTK theme — image from https://github.com/vinceliuice/vimix-gtk-themes

Based on the gtk nana-4 theme, this theme is compatible with GNOME, mate, XCFE and other GTK environments more. Therefore, you can install it on Ubuntu or Linux Mint and give your system a makeover.

It stands out for being a flat style theme. That is to say, flat colors that are very sober and give this elegant touch to the system.

Also, it has a dark version that is quite accomplished. So you can work on your system at night without any problem.

Dark Vimix GTK theme -- image from The Vimix GTK theme -- image from https://github.com/vinceliuice/vimix-gtk-themes
Dark Vimix GTK theme — image from The Vimix GTK theme — image from https://github.com/vinceliuice/vimix-gtk-themes

For it to work properly, it requires some dependencies that must be met. In the case of Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian, open a terminal and run:

:~$ sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf

You can then download it and check out more information from the Github website.

PopOS Remix Light GTK theme

PopOS is an operating system that comes from the hand of System76. This American company that sells very good computers with Linux pre-installed.

Thanks to them, we get this GTK theme inspired by another great one like Adapta.

With the Pop theme, we also have a flat theme but with an even better look. This denotes the great work that developers do in providing solid work.

However, this is one of the advantages of open source. You can always improve and receive collaborations or forks.

Well, there is a theme called Pop-remix-light that gives us a light version of the previous theme. Making it more alive and more eye-catching for many.

More Gtk themes this is PopOS remix -- image from https://www.gnome-look.org/
More Gtk themes this is PopOS remix — image from https://www.gnome-look.org/

As you can see in the picture, it looks pretty good and is one of my favorites.

To install it, just follow the instructions given by the creator on the Gnome-look page.

Ant GTK theme

We closed this top 3 with Ant.

The GTK Ant theme combines the best of Flat with a more avant-garde design that makes it quite pleasing to the eye.

The ant GTK theme -- image from https://www.pling.com
The ant GTK theme — image from https://www.pling.com

It has Light and Dark versions so you can choose the one you want. Besides if you want the window buttons in the macOS style.

The installation is quite simple, just download the theme and move it to the ~/.themes folder and change the theme through the system settings.

GTK themes extras:

One thing that Linux has is the incredible ability to customize. This means that there can even be GTK themes that mimic the appearance of other operating systems.

In the case of GTK, there is a theme that greatly imitates the appearance of Catalina macOS. It is called Catalina

macOS Catalina theme on Linux -- image from https://www.gnome-look.org
macOS Catalina theme on Linux — image from https://www.gnome-look.org

This impressive theme will make your Ubuntu or Linux look like an Apple system. Of course, this theme is not everything, there is a missing icon theme but that is another matter.

It is a theme that will make you think that using macOS. Besides being as usual, very nice to look at.

But there is also one that imitates Windows 10. We are talking about Windows 10 Theme for Linux which is a GTK theme.

So you can use it in Ubuntu or Linux Mint.

Windows 10 GTK theme -- image https://github.com/B00merang-Project/Windows-10
Windows 10 GTK theme — image https://github.com/B00merang-Project/Windows-10

As you can see in the picture, it’s also a pretty accomplished theme. The best thing about it is that you can use it without license problems.

On the other hand, I remind you that for the theme to be like in the image the icon themes are missing.

The installation instructions are on the project’s Github website.

Conclusion

Having a custom operating system makes us feel more identified with it. While it is true that the default appearance of Linux is quite good and has improved over the years, it is also true that many designers have created their themes that further enhance this appearance.

So it’s time to dispel the myth that Linux is ugly. It could be as beautiful as any operating system. And I proved that to you today.

So, what do you think about these GTK themes? do you like them? have you used them?