ARC GTK Theme is a flat theme with transparent elements for GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome-Shell. It has been successfully tested on wide range of Linux operating systems including Ubuntu 14.05, Arch Linux, Freya, Fedora 21 & 22, Debian 8.0, openSUSE 13.2 and many more.
With some selected parts of the window, like GTK Header Bars and the sidebar in Nautilus as the figure above. This looks like on OS X Yosemite, we got a style that is used sparingly and to great effect.
I’ve tested Arc theme then it works almost the same on Unity, GNOME, XFCE, Buggie, Pantheon, Cinnamon but the transparent effect only works on some specified app.
- Gnome/GTK 3.14 or 3.16
gtk2-engines-pixbufpackage only for Debian/Ubuntu based distros.
- The murrine engine. This has different names depending on your distro.
gtk2-engines-murrine(Debian, Ubuntu, elementary OS)
Install Arc GTK Theme
Because it’s still under active development, you don’t find the way to download the stable or installable package except build it by yourself.
Important: Remove all older versions of the theme from your system before you proceed any further.
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/Arc rm -rf ~/.local/share/themes/Arc rm -rf ~/.themes/Arc
Arc can install from AUR, it’s named as
gtk-theme-arc-git. I found prebuilt packages for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE are available at here.
To install Arc theme on Debian derivatives like Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Elementary OS …, use the commands below:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Horst3180/xUbuntu_15.04/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/arc-theme.list" sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install arc-theme
Use Arc GTK Theme
If you’re using XFCE4, you can set it on in
Settings / Appearance. On others Destop Environments like GNOME, Unity… Arc can be activated from Tweak Tools then enjoy the pleasing look of your Linux distro.
To get updates & want to contribute, bug report, feel free to visit the official homepage of Arc.
Arc GTK Theme on Github