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Dress Up Gnome With The Fantastic Moka Icon Theme!

Changing Icon Sets in your desktop can be really frustrating and it can make you looking around for while till you find the application you were looking for. Moka might deserves to steal some of your time till you used to it.

Moka received an update short time ago; I don’t know what changed, and besides I used this theme 1st time.

Here it is!


Nautilus (3rd from top) and gEdit (3rd from bottom) don’t look quite nice, but at least are very representative.


It would be nice if there were some more variants in colors in Folder icons, but still, the result is one of the best you can find.


There are many many icons, but still missing some, like icons for Documents, Boxes and others. Not big deal, you can file an issue for a missing icon in Moka Issue Tracker in GitHub.


There are 3 ways to install it. You can use the Ubuntu PPAs, which is cool coz you can stay always up-to-date, or your can use the installation scripts that come inside the themes.

Themes not theme, because there are 3. One for Applications, one for Folders and one for Gnome’s Symbolic icons.

As always I prefer the manual installation.

First you need to create an icon folder if not exist.


Then go grub them.


Extract the folders as the above figure and place the Symbolic (scalable) inside Faba folder. Pick Moca in Gnome Tweak Tool and Enjoy!


This is great work, really great. Moka Icon Set hasn’t the detail that Jakub Steiner puts in Gnome Icons, but that isn’t necessarily bad. One of the best, if not the best (subjectively the best) Icon set you will find!

They also have this great web-page and a very active issue tracker. As it is primarily artwork, Moka Icon Theme is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) License.

Oh, wait there is more!

Moka also offers a Gtk Theme (but not Shell) and icons for Android.


Gtk theme feels a bit like Ubuntu’s one, it could be really good but it has some serious annoyances. For example, look at Stopwatch button on hover. There are many such things.

I think it uses Adwaita Engine, and if it needs additional libraries to work, I apologize for it. My guess is that Moka Gtk is for 3.8 when I use 3.10.

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  • Alfredo Hernández

    Some icons are missing because this is version 2.0 of the icon theme and some icons have been completely redesigned and probably some are still being so.

  • Adonis K. (Varemenos)

    I really like how nice and flat they look though I’m not fan of the folder icons (somehow remind me of faenza, maybe it’s because of the colors).