Best themes for Ubuntu: Make Ubuntu Beautiful

In this article, you’ll learn about the best themes for Ubuntu and how to install themes on Ubuntu to create a cool Ubuntu desktop using available themes.

Linux is all about performance, but having a beautiful desktop is always the cherry on the cake. If you’re going to use Ubuntu just for a few days, then this article might not be very useful for you, but if you’re a potential Ubuntu user who wants to spend some time using Ubuntu, then giving a beautiful look to your desktop using these cool Ubuntu themes would probably be one of the best things to do right after installing Ubuntu.

Having a good looking desktop is cool!

Believe it or not, having a beautiful desktop environment is really cool. Even if you’re not into that show off business, it actually gives a great feeling because not everyone is able to use one’s ability to create such an astonishing desktop by using those easily available tools on the internet.

After going through the article, you can have a look at how some of these Gnome themes look like on a desktop from a video. I’ve embedded that at the end.

To get a beautiful Ubuntu desktop, there are a lot of resources and Ubuntu themes available that will blow your mind. Installing, testing, and choosing the right theme for your desktop might be a time consuming task for you, therefore, I have tested and compiled some of the best themes for Ubuntu desktop that will make your Ubuntu look completely different. The best part is, these are completely safe and have been reviewed by thousands of Ubuntu users across the world.

Here are the top best GTK and Gnome themes for Ubuntu in 2020:

Without any idle talks, let us focus on the top themes for Ubuntu.

Best themes for Ubuntu

1. Arc Ubuntu Theme

Full preview of the theme:

Themes for UBuntu: Arc theme

Arc Theme is a very popular flat theme for Ubuntu with transparent elements for GTK 3, GTK 2 and GNOME Shell which supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like GNOME, Unity, Budgie, Xfce, Pantheon, MATE, etc. It is available in three variants- Arc, Arc-Darker and Arc-Dark.

The reason behind its popularity is that it looks great on Ubuntu and because it works smoothly with almost all the desktop environments from Unity, Gnome to Mate, Xfce etc.

I’ve put it on the top because of the beautiful design and highly rated reviews from all kind of users across the globe on various platforms.

Link for installation of Arc theme for Ubuntu safely on your desktop.

But when it comes to personal choices, no one can change that, no matter how good something is. Therefore, below I’ve compiled great themes for almost all kind of Ubuntu users that I’ve interacted with. Learn about more GTK themes below.

2. Pop Ubuntu Theme

Full preview of the theme:

Preview image from the official repository 😀
Themes for Ubuntu: Pop gtk theme
Pop GTK theme for Ubuntu preview

Created by the popular Ubuntu computer seller System76, the Pop GTK theme gives a modern spin on the Ubuntu brown and orange color scheme which is also used in the System76 logo.

I haven’t taken snapshots for all those themes, but Pop theme actually looks amazing. Try it once and it becomes hard to leave it. It is one of the best themes for Ubuntu for two reasons: first, it gives a really amazing look to your Ubuntu and has got satisfactory reviews from the community and second, it gets updated regularly which is good from the security point of view.

Link for safe installation of Pop Theme for Ubuntu on your desktop.

3. Materia Ubuntu Theme

Full preview of the theme:

Themes for Ubuntu: Materia theme

Materia is a popular Material Design theme for GNOME/GTK based desktop environments.

It supports GTK 2, GTK 3, GNOME Shell, Budgie, Cinnamon, MATE, Unity, Xfce, LightDM, Chrome theme, etc. You should try the Materia Dark-Compact theme first.

Some of the major features of the Materia theme are:

Feature of Materia theme

How to install Materia theme on Ubuntu?

Materia theme is a popular theme for Ubuntu, that’s why it is available in the standard software packages of Ubuntu. Therefore to install Materia theme on Ubuntu, launch the terminal using Ctrl + Alt + t and update the software first. Then run the following command in the terminal:


sudo apt update

Install Materia theme:

sudo apt install materia-gtk-theme

If you’re having any problem with the above method, then download the .deb file from the link below and then install by double clicking on the downloaded file.

Links to install Materia theme easily on Ubuntu:

Install Materia theme on Ubuntu 18.04. Choose any link from the Asia server.
Install Materia theme on Ubuntu 20.04. Choose any link from the Asia server.
Install Materia theme on Ubuntu 20.10. Choose any link from the Asia server.

How to change and apply a theme in Ubuntu?

After installation, go to the appearance section of the tweak tool or the GNOME to change your theme. Or if you’re having any issues with that, visit this link.

4. Trevilla Ubuntu Theme

Full preview of the theme:

Themes for Ubuntu: Trevilla theme

The Trevilla theme looks like Windows Metro Style. This theme comes with beautiful variants like Trevilla Dark, Trevilla White, Trevilla White Orange, Trevilla White Blue, and also supports GTK 3 theme engine. Trevilla theme and icons are supported on all the Ubuntu versions, Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu-based distros.

Link for installation of Trevilla Theme for Ubuntu safely on your desktop.

5. McMojave Ubuntu Theme – Mac OsX like theme for Ubuntu

Full preview of the theme:

Make Ubuntu look like MacOS: McMojave theme

Ever wondered if you could get that bold and beautiful MacOS look on your Ubuntu desktop? Well, now it is possible to give your existing Ubuntu desktop that amazing look in just a few minutes.

If you want to give the Mac OsX look to your Ubuntu desktop, then this is one of my favorite theme for that purpose. Mojave is a beautiful, compact theme for GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome-Shell which supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Pantheon, Mate, etc.

It supports most of the icon and cursor packs making it very easy for you to combine your favorite icons and cursor with this astonishing theme. McMojave theme is highly reviewed and rated modern theme for Ubuntu. Therefore if you love the Mac OsX theme, go for McMojave theme and enjoy a fresh and elegant desktop environment on your existing Ubuntu desktop.

Link for installation of McMojave Theme for Ubuntu safely on your desktop.

6. Ant Ubuntu Theme

Full preview of the theme:

Ubuntu Themes: Ant Theme

Ant theme is a plain flat GTK theme for Ubuntu. If you love light theme, this theme might be the right choice for you. It is available in three amazing variants: Ant – light, with red highlight. Ant Dracula – dark, with pink highlight and green accent. Ant Bloody – mix of dark and light, with red highlight and green accent. All of these variants have their own elegance.

It is recommended for you to download and extract all of these variants, and try all of these at least once. It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to change and discover all primary features of the themes and when you know which one is your favorite among them, just remove other variants from the ~/.themes/ directory to save space.

Link for installation of Ant Theme for Ubuntu safely on your desktop.

7. Paper icon Ubuntu Theme

Full preview of the theme:

Best Ubuntu Themes: Paper icon theme

Paper is a modern free desktop icon theme based on Google’s material design. Each icon has been precisely designed for pixel-perfect viewing. Paper theme is also a popular theme for Ubuntu and once again, the best part is that it gets updated regularly. It supports all the versions of Ubuntu, Peppermint, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, and other Ubuntu-based systems.

How to install Paper icon theme in Ubuntu?

To install paper icon theme in Ubuntu, you need to add repository to your Ubuntu system and them install theme using the official repository.

Run the following command in the terminal to add repository and then install paper icon theme on Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository -u ppa:snwh/ppa

sudo apt install paper-icon-theme

8. Sweet Ubuntu Theme

Full preview of the theme:

Best Ubuntu Themes: Sweet theme

Sweet is a very neat and fancy modern looking theme that blends very well with Gnome desktop. This comes with pack of sweet and beautiful looking themes. Code is neat and the design is elegant and eye-catching. This is also one of the highest rated theme for Ubuntu. If you have got a few minutes then you should definitely try this beautiful theme, you’re going to love it. Link for installation is below.

How to install Sweet theme in Ubuntu?

Step 1: Download the package that you want to install from this link.

Step 2: Extract the zip file to the themes directory i.e. ~/.themes/ or /usr/share/themes/ (create it if there’s not one already).

Step 3: To set Sweet theme in Gnome, run the following commands in the terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme Sweet

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme Sweet

Other way to set theme is by using tweak tools like Gnome tweaks or Unity tweak tool. I’ve already provided the links for more information about Gnome tweak tool and Unity tweak tool above.

That’s it. Sweet theme has been installed and set on your Ubuntu system. Now enjoy working with this beautiful desktop environment.

These are one of the best and most loved themes for Ubuntu. I’ll keep updating this section when I get to try any other beautiful theme for Ubuntu-based systems and if you have tried any other amazing theme on Ubuntu, please let us know in the comments.

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