Ubuntu – Installing theme manually


I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I found a great theme I would really like and downloaded it. It is in a zip file and I cannot figure out how to install it.
I tried the /usr/shared/themes but it tells me I do not have permission to do this.

Best Answer

You need to extract it first.

To install globally (i.e. to install it such that it is available for all users, you need to place it in /usr/share/themes.

For this you need root privileges. A simple way to achieve this would be to open nautilus as root and then copy paste the extracted theme folder.

Type Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal window. In the terminal window that opens do:

sudo nautilus

A window will show up. Copy your extracted theme folder and paste it into /usr/share/themes. (Close the window when you're done.)

If you do not have root privileges, copy your extracted theme folder to ~/.themes/ where ~ stands for your home and . makes the folder hidden – simply create one if there isn't any.

After all, you need apps such as Unity Tweak Tool to select the theme.

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