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How Do I Install A Theme (I Just Downloaded)?

Most GTK 2 & 3 themes  or Icon Themes for Linux (BSD etc) are distributed in a tar.gz or zip format. by default. (Or more specifically  Source)

Some themes are available in .deb packages or rpm etc.. If you get one in those formats you can safely install it (By double clicking on it) avoiding the need for manual installation discussed here.

This guide covers manually installing themes from SOURCE or tar.gz files! despite the "Scary name" there is no compiling or difficult things needed to a install a theme this way. Belive it or not the only thing you have to do is copy the theme files into the proper folder and your desktop should automatically know they are themes and list them for your use.

Heres how we do that...

Contents:


1.) Installing GTK Themes (2 Methods)


2.) Installing Icon Themes (2 Meathods)

3.) Troubleshooting Other Help & Permissions. 




 1.) GTK 2,3 & Window Border Themes


Install The GTK Theme. *System Wide* Recommended.

(Note: this Method requires Root or SUDO privileges)

NOTE: This is NOT how you install Icon Themes see that dedicated section on that.

Overview of what we need to do for Pro Users:

To Intsall any GTK+ theme You Simply Extract the complete package you just downloaded the "ThemeName.tar.gz" (Folders and all)
to the themes folder for your entire system..."/usr/share/themes/"


Install A GTK & Window Border Theme:

(Open A Terminal by Pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or by browsing for it on your menu)

1.) Open a terminal and type: sudo file-roller (Then type your password when asked)
-Fedora/Redhat Users Without sudo, type: "su -c file-roller" (Then type the root password)

(!) If you don't have file-roller installed you can replace it with xarchiver, or what ever GUI zip software you may have. 


4.) Now You will see the File Roller Archiver application...

Click "File -> Open" Then Browse for the package you just downloaded: "ThemeName.tar.gz". Then click open.


5.) Once You've opened the "ThemeName.tar.gz" file,

Select "Extract". Then Browse to the fallowing folder:"/usr/share/themes/" Then click ok!


6.)The Theme Should now be installed! Now all you must do is select the Theme VIA your desktops theme manager! (See other help section on how to do this)

Please Note: You may have to select both the GTK Widget Theme , And Metatcity , XFCEWM & Openbox Window themes separately depending on what desktop your using!


Manually Install The GTK Theme.  *For Your User Account Only*

NOTE: This is NOT how you install Icon Themes see that dedicated section on that. 

(X) WE NO LONGER RECOMEND YOU DO IT THIS WAY BECAUSE THEME WILL NOT WORK ON SUDO APPS LIKE SYNAPTICS. PLEASE INSTALL THE OTHER WAY (ABOVE)


To install The Theme for *your user account only*, Fallow these steps, They should work on any GTK2&3 *nix desktop.

1.) Click to Open Up the package file you just downloaded... "ThemeName.tar.gz"


2.) Once Open, Click the "Extract" Button... Then Browse to: /Home/YourUserName/.Themes

(!)To see the folder (it's a hidden one!) press ctrl+h in this file browser window to view hidden folders. the folder we want to install it in is ".themes" in your home directory.


3.) Extract the complete package "ThemeName.tar.gz" file (Folders and all)
to the ".themes" folder in your home directory.


4.) Select it VIA your Theme Manager! Please See Bellow...

(!) This will install the theme for the current user only , Evey user will have to do this on there own!, Thats why we recommend the system wide method (Above)


2.) Icon Themes

Install The Icon Theme. *System Wide* Recommended

(Note: this Method requires Root or SUDO privileges)

NOTE: This is NOT how you install GTK Themes see that dedicated section on that.

Overview of what we need to do for Pro Users:

To Intsall any Icon theme You Simply Extract the complete package you just downloaded the "ThemeName.tar.gz" (Folders and all)
to the themes folder for your entire system..."/usr/share/Icons/"

Install A Icon Theme:

(Open A Terminal by Pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or by browsing for it on your menu)

1.) Open a terminal and type: sudo file-roller (Then type your password when asked)
-Fedora/Redhat Users Without sudo, type: "su -c file-roller" (Then type the root password)

(!) If you don't have file-roller installed you can replace it with xarchiver, or what ever GUI zip software you may have.


2.) Now You will see the File Roller Archiver application...

Click "File -> Open" Then Browse for the package you just downloaded: "IconThemeName.tar.gz". Then click open.


3.) Once You've opened the "IconThemeName.tar.gz" file,

Select "Extract". Then Browse to the fallowing folder:"/usr/share/Icons/" Then click ok!


4.) The Theme Should now be installed! Now all you must do is select the Theme VIA your desktops theme manager! (See other help section on how to do this)



Manually Install The Icon Theme.  *For Your User Account Only*

NOTE: This is NOT how you install GTK Themes see that dedicated section on that.


To install The Theme for *your user account only*, Fallow these steps, They should work on any GTK2&3 *nix desktop.

1.) Click to Open Up the package file you just downloaded... "IconThemeName.tar.gz"


2.) Once Open, Click the "Extract" Button... Then Browse to: /Home/YourUserName/.Icons

(!) To see the folder (it's a hidden one!) press ctrl+h in this file browser window to view hidden folders. the folder we want to install it in is ".themes" in your home directory.


3.) Extract the complete package "IconThemeName.tar.gz" file (Folders and all)
to the ".Icons" folder in your home directory.


4.) Select it VIA your Theme Manager! Please See Bellow...

(!) This will install the theme for the current user only , Evey user will have to do this on there own!, Thats why we recommend the system wide method (Above)



Troubleshooting Permissions & Other Help.

Stand By


Now What?


Learn How To Activate And Start Using The Newly Installed Theme.