How to Install elementary Dark GTK Theme in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal?

Although a bit inspired (a bit! :D) by Apple, I gotta say that the Elementary team do have a talent for creating amazing applications + especially when it comes to art work... they just rock!.

Although they started off as a project that used to give (it still does) a beautiful looking complete theme suite for Ubuntu, but soon they saw their opportunity and seize it :) which is now called the Elementary OS (finally something of their own). As said when looking at what they've done and the small group of geeks in the team, it's bloody amazing what a bunch of people can achieve.

Anyhow, among many of their inventions, the previously introduced Elementary theme was a massive hit within the GNU/Linux community. As said, it's clear that they've taken few ideas from Apple but that theme looks awesome nonetheless!.

Although this may not interest many but have you been looking for a bit darker version of that elementary theme??, well if you were, then you're in for a little treat pal :) because few days ago another a deviantart user called Satya released a darker version of the elementary theme called "elementary Dark!".

Main features...

*. Two buttons instead of the usual "three". Maximize button to the right edge and the close button to the left-edge.

*. Re-customized breadcrumbs for the Nautilus.

*. Panel colors included.

*. This does not work in Unity. I mean it does, partially. For instance, in Unity, after installing, the theme will only change the look-n-feel of Nautilus and other individual apps and won't "touch" the application launcher nor the top panel, etc.

So at the moment it only supports Gnome classic desktop (metacity, GTK2).

My desktop after installing, I'm using the Gnome High-Contrast icons...

One thing that I noticed after installing it was the lightness of the mouse pointer which means that thanks to the murrine engine, unlike with the default Ubuntu theme (Ambiance, which is also based on murrine) which is a bit slowish, but the elementary dark theme "feels light"!.

Anyhow you can install the elementary dark theme in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, although I haven't checked this may also work in Ubuntu 10.10 and 10.04 too.

Although recent version of Ubuntu comes with murrine pre-installed as mentioned before (Ambiance is based on it) but the developers advices to have the latest, most up to date version installed.

1. So to install the latest murrine theme engine in Ubuntu 11.04/10.10 and 10.04 (using the PPA), open your Terminal window and enter the below commands.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:murrine-daily/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine

2. Now you're ready to go to the next step.

The theme does not have any other dependencies but if you want the best possible integration, then you should have the elementary-mono-dark icon theme installed. To do that simply use the below command.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementaryart/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install elementary-theme elementary-icon-theme

If you also want the wallpapers... then use the below command as well.
sudo apt-get install elementary-wallpapers

3. Now get the actual theme from here and extract it , say to your desktop. Now open your Terminal and change the directory to your desktop (or where you have it extracted) and enter the below command.
sudo sh ./INSTALL 

Now you should have successfully install the elementary dark theme in Ubuntu Linux!. Use your usual procedure to apply it to system-wide.

If you use Fedora, to make a long story short, enter the below command and then jump to the step "3" right away. That should do it for you. 
yum install gtk-murrine-engine


The bit "lighter version"... also looking good :)...

... if you'd prefer a bit more "lighter" version then there is another theme based on this one from the same dude called "elementary dark mod" that you can get from this page. Again, thank you Satya for this pretty cool theme. Enjoy!.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ow, the elementaryart ppa is not working anymore and i don't could get the dark one...

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