Monday 1 January 2018

Which is the best Ubuntu theme?

Every user has its preference and what one feel is the best Ubuntu theme may not be liked much by the other user. However, there are some themes which are liked by a good number of Ubuntu users and look beautiful. In this article, I am covering the best Ubuntu themes which I personally liked. If you think the list is missing something, just comment yours favorite one and I will give it a try and add it here.

If you are using Ubuntu, you are most probably using GNOME or Unity Desktop Environments. Both provide nice user interface along with better looking icons. However, if you are bored and need some new look and feel for your Ubuntu system, you can pick any theme from the below list and install it. 

I would suggest you to install Unity Tweak Tool first. Unity Tweak Tool will help you in changing themes and icons along with other customization features.


Although the development of Paper GTK theme has ended, it's still one of the favorite Ubuntu themes. It has been developed primarily for modern GTK3 (GNOME-based) desktop environments and is available under GNU GPL license.

Mainly focusing on Material Design; Use of bold colors and geometrical shapes are its primary features. There is a light and dark background option to choose from and it has its own sets of icon and cursor theme.

Ubuntu based distributions can add it from a PPA and install. Copy paste the below commands in a Terminal to install Paper theme.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/pulp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install paper-icon-theme
sudo apt-get install paper-cursor-theme
sudo apt-get install paper-gtk-theme

Alternatively, You can grab a DEB package from here and install it.

sudo dpkg -i paper*.deb
sudo apt-get install -f 

Arch Theme Icon

Arch theme is another modern and clean looking Ubuntu theme with nice icons and UI. You can install Arc Theme on Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distributions with below commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install arc-icons

Or you can download the copy from here, extract it to /usr/share/themes and the the icon to /usr/share/icons and use Unity Tweak Tool to set it as default theme.


Flatabulous is a flat theme for Ubuntu and other debian based systems. Based on Ultra-flat theme, it provides a nice UI and icon sets.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install flatabulous-theme

Numix theme

Numix is my personal best Ubuntu theme. With beautiful icon set, and its own wallpapers, you will just love it. 


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install numix*

Once the installation completes, you can select any of the variant from the Unity Tweak tool and set it as you theme. There are several wallpapers bundled along with Numix. 

Which theme you are using and would like to be in the list? Let us know in the comments!


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