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5 great Gnome Shell 3.10 themes!

Gnome is looking cool, modern and beautiful by default and Adwaita becomes better and better with every version released, but still why stick with it forever when you can try and use one of the many other great themes created by the artists community?

Here is a small list with five great themes that are compatible with the latest stable version of Gnome Shell and are known to be working well (stable releases).

Elegance Colors

Creator: satya164

Compatibility: 3.6, 3.8, 3.10

Description: Elegance Colors is a highly customizable chameleon theme for Gnome Shell. It can change colors according to the current GTK theme, current wallpaper (uses imagemagick to get color) or use a user defined color.


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Creator: vivaeltopo

Compatibility: 3.6, 3.8, 3.10

Description: This theme is based on previous releases (3.6 and 3.8) of the Viva theme and includes small tweaks that make it look and work well under 3.10. The initial basis for Viva is Gnome’s default Adwaita theme.


  Viva   How to theme GNOME 3

XGnome Enhanced

Creator: XTerminator

Compatibility: 3.4, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10

Description: Another great modification of Gnome’s default Adwaita. The theme looks minimalistic, modern and clean.


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Creator: lassekongo83

Compatibility: 3.10

Description: A cool looking theme that is relaxing to use, and combines modern design with seamless functionality. Created by the hands of one of the most successful GS theming artists.


  Zukiwi   How to theme GNOME 3


Creator: lassekongo83

Compatibility: 3.10

Description: One of the most downloaded Gnome Shell themes of all time, Zukitwo looks fresh and works like a charm. Been in development since the mid of 2011 and has been the default choice for distributions that pay attention to optical details and graphical elegance like Linux Mint.


  Zukitwo   How to theme GNOME 3

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  • Eduard Gotwig

    elegance colors.. is magic, but doesnt work for me on Fedora 20 :/

    • Rho

      I may be curious…

      : )

      • Eduard Gotwig

        It just doesnt work. I try to run it, and change the theme, but everything I reopen elegance color prefs, it sets the theme to ” ” .

        • Satyajit Sahoo

          Are you talking about the “Load config from presets” option? The option is just to load a preset.

          Anyways, try the following,
          1. Make sure “User themes” extension is enabled and the Gnome Shell theme is set to “elegance-colors”
          2. Run “elegance-colors apply” in a terminal and notice if there are error messages
          3. Choose another preset and apply

          • Eduard Gotwig

            It works now, I had to change the GS theme with the tweak tool =)

  • Narendiran

    Zukitwo is really awesome, its always updated intime for the next gnome release.

    Zuikiwo gtk theme, in combination with Moka Window theme really works wonders in laptop screen (1366 x 768 resolution). It feels compact and reduces the vertical space taken by the title bars.

  • TopoRuggente

    XGnome Enhanced is my preferred, is very clean and small, very usefull for people using small screen.

  • Pau Iranzo

    Zukiwi looks really nice to me. But I can’t install it through Tweak Tool, it says it’s not compatible. Any ideas?

    • Rho


      1) download the theme
      2) unzip it
      3) enter the unzipped folder “140562-Zukitwo”
      4) copy the two folders (Zukitwo and Zukitwo-shell) in /usr/share/themes
      done. : )
      Close gnome-tweak-tool if it was opened. Re-open gnome-tweak-tool and select the theme ^_^

  • liam

    Nice to see people still making themes for GS. Something that’s disappointed me is that there has been pretty much no experimentation with interface design with GS.
    I’m hoping that with the coming of Firefox OS (which you can build for your desktop) we’ll see people start to experiment again with interfaces.