How to Install Arc KDE Theme in Plasma 5 Desktop

April 5, 2017

KDE Plasma 5.8

For those who want to install the popular GTK theme ‘Arc’ in KUbuntu. There’s an open-source port for Plasma 5 desktop with a few additions and extras called Arc KDE.

The KDE port includes:

  • Aurorae Themes
  • Konsole Color Schemes
  • Konversation Themes
  • Kvantum Themes
  • Plasma Color Schemes
  • Plasma Desktop Themes
  • Plasma Look-and-Feel Settings
  • Wallpapers
  • Yakuake Skins
  • Extra tools

Ark Dark for Plasma

Arc KDE

To install the theme in KUbuntu 16.04, KUbuntu 16.10, KUbuntu 17.04, open terminal emulator and run following commands one by one:

1. Run command to add the official Arc-KDE PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:papirus/arc-kde

2. Then update and install the theme as well as Kvantum engine.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install arc-kde kvantum

For better looking, after apply the new desktop theme run kvantummanager to choose and apply Arc Dark Transparent (or another) theme.

For a more consistent and beautiful experience, install Papirus icon theme via commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:papirus/papirus

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install papirus-icon-theme

Tip: to fix the color of the menubar on Arc Dark GTK theme, run command:

sudo sh ~/.local/share/plasma/desktoptheme/Arc-Dark/fix-menubar.sh

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One response to How to Install Arc KDE Theme in Plasma 5 Desktop

  1. Sebastjan L. Rijavec January 28, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Hey Thanks! This tip helped me a lot. Just trying kde, figuring things out.