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Vimix – A Flat Material Design Theme for GTK3

Last updated: December 19, 2016


Vimix is a flat Material Design theme for GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome-Shell which supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Unity, Budgie, Pantheon, XFCE, Mate, etc.

This theme is based on Flat-Plat gtk theme of nana-4. The theme offers:

  • dark theme, dark doder, dark ruby.
  • light theme, light doder, light ruby.

Following pictures are Vimix theme with Numix icons in Unity Desktop (with plank):

Vimix Light with Numix icons

Vimix Light with Numix icons (Unity with Plank)

Vimix Dark with Numix icons in Unity

Vimix Dark with Numix icons in Unity

Install Vimix GTK Theme in Ubuntu 16.10:

The theme project page offers .deb and .rpm packages for Gtk 3.20 and Gtk 3.22. So you need at least Ubuntu 16.10.

Download Vimix Theme (Gtk3.20)

For other Gtk3.22 or other packages, go to

After installed the .deb packages via Ubuntu Software or dpkg command, launch Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome Tweak Tool, or other configuration tool and apply new GTK themes and enjoy!


Paper GTK3 and Icon themes

Paper project is a GTK3 and icon theme suite inspired by Google’s material design guidelines. They are developed by Sam Hewitt, the man behind the Moka icons project.

Paper started as a single GTK3 theme. It’s developed primarily for GNOME 3 and other GTK3 desktops. Its design is mostly flat with a minimal use of shadows for depth and looks really beautiful in desktops that make use of the GTK3 headerbars/client-side decorations (e.g. Gnome Shell).

Paper icon theme is under serious development. The GNOME icon theme is the fallback set for missing icons.

paper GTK and Icon themes in Unity

Paper GTK3 and Icons in Gnome

How to Install Paper GTK3 & Icon themes:

The developer has created a daily build PPA, available for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04 and derivatives.

To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/pulp


Then update and install the themes:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install paper-gtk-theme paper-icon-theme

Since the icons & theme are under-development, you will receive updates (changes or fixes) from PPA via Software Updater.

If you don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb packages from ppa page and install them via Software Center.

Once installed, apply the themes via Gnome Tweak Tool or Unity Tweak Tool (both are available in Software Center).

NOTE: Since the paper icon theme is under early stage, please report issues here.