How To Install Gnome Themes In Ubuntu

Even after the introduction of Unity, many users still prefer using Gnome. Perhaps one of the best features of the Gnome desktop is the ability to add new themes with the help of the Gnome Tweak Tool. However, the complexity of GTK3 themes in Gnome 3 can make it a bit confusing to install a theme. In this post we will show you how to install Gnome themes in Ubuntu.

Step 1: In the first step, install the Gnome Tweak tool, which is a third-party application which enables installing themes in Gnome.
Step 2: Now, head over to the Home directory and hit CTRL+H hotkey to reveal hidden files and folders.
Step 3: Once done, create a new folder (optionally named as .Themes).
Step 4: Download your desired Gnome 3 theme and extract it in the previously created .Themes” folder. You can download Gnome themes from the link given at the end of this guide.


Step 5: In the next step, open the Gnome Tweak Tool (via Applications –> Other –> Advanced Settings), head over to the Themes tab and select the extracted theme from the drop down list (as shown below). You can also select the Window theme, Cursor theme, Keybinding theme, Icon theme and GTK+ theme to further customize your selected theme.

Gnome tweak Tool

This will install your selected Gnome theme. You can download and add new wallpapers to compliment your theme.


You can check out the Android theme for Ubuntu and the Mac theme to give your Ubuntu desktop the Android or Mac OS X look. To download more Gnome themes, check out the link given below.

Download Gnome 3 Themes