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9 gorgeous Gnome shell themes

Gnome 3 doesn't have the most beautiful interface by default, but don't worry, there are many custom themes that you can install and use to embellish your experience with the Gnome shell. In this article, we will look at the 9 best Gnome shell themes we could find. Feel free to suggest others in the comments section.

Before moving on, here is a short tutorial on how to install Gnome shell themes (you can skip this part, if you already know how to do it)

  • First install the gnome-tweak-tool by running this command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

  • Then install Gnome Shell Extensions by running this command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions

  • Launch the Gnome editing tool, go to " Extensions "and make sure" User themes "is activated.
  • Take the zip file of your desired shell theme (from gnome-look or deviant art) and extract. Then move the extracted folder to / usr / share / themes .

Note: for convenience, we have included the link to each shell theme described below so you can get the zip file from there.

Before trying to install a custom theme, make sure it is compatible with the current version of Gnome Shell.

The best themes for Gnome Shell

1. Card

The paper is a simple and minimalist flat theme and its design relies on the modern aspects of GTK +. The entire themed suite is inspired by Google's material design trend and is refined for desktop viewing via shell and GTK themes and icon packs. If you like the material design interface on Android 5.0 and later, you will probably love the card.

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2. Super Flat Remix

Super Flat Remix is ​​another flat Gnome Shell theme. Its design apparently inspired by the design of the materials. The default colors closely resemble those of the material light theme on Google Keyboard and make the top bar of Gnome almost completely transparent.

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3. Copernicus

Corpernico a minimal looking dignified theme with a transparent top bar that will make your desktop incredibly refreshing. one of my favorites on this list because I'm a fan of minimalist design.

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4. Summit

Vertex another great suite of themes with full support for the most popular desktop environments including Gnome 3. In addition to the shell theme, it also offers a GTK theme available in three variations to choose from: dark header bars, a light variant and a dark variant. There are also themes included for Chrome / Chromium and Firefox, just in case you want to give them a corresponding appearance with the desktop.

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5. Xenlism

Xenlism is a great shell theme inspired by the elementary principles of operating system design. features a flat and transparent top bar with light colors and adds some delicate effects to the desktop. Choose xenlism if you intend to modify Gnome Shell in the Pantheon image.

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6. Nova Shell

Nova Shell is another popular custom theme with dark colors and a slightly transparent interface. Nova Shell makes your desktop really bright without being too complicated so try it if you like dark themes.

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7. Elegance

EleganZe a little similar to the Nova Shell theme with a dark base and a transparent interface even if a little more transparent than Nova. Play with the two and see which one you like best.

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8. Yosemite

Do I love OS X Yosemite? The Yosemite Gnome Shell theme brings the best parts of OS X Yosemite to Gnome 3.x. You can also install a simple dock application like Plank or Docky to give your desktop a full OS X look and feel.

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9. Oxygenium

If you love the look of KDE but prefer the way Gnome Shell does, you can try to combine these two by installing this theme that brings the look and feel of KDE to Gnome 3.x.

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Here it is! With a little effort, you can always make Gnome Shell one of the most beautiful desktop environments out there. With the multitude of themes out there, there's no reason to get stuck with the simple boring old default look, so give it a try and let us know if there are any other great Gnome Shell themes that we should include on this list.