Install Paper Icons and GTK Theme on Ubuntu – A Stylish Linux Icon Theme

Paper Icons is a modern freedesktop icon theme whose design is based around the use of bold colours as well as simple geometric shapes to compose icons. Furthermore, each icon has been meticulously designed for pixel-perfect viewing.

Paper theme version can be described as a modern Linux desktop theme suite with mostly flat appearance, with a subtle use of shadows as well as highlights for some added depth. Hence the colourful headers are designed to make Paper stand out among the many themes available for Linux desktops.

Paper Icons and GTK Theme

It does take some inspiration from the icons in Google’s Material Design, hence reason why some aspects have been adjusted to better suit a desktop environment.

Key Requirements

  • Paper is requires at minimum a GTK 3.16 environment as well as a window manager with client-side decoration support.
  • The GTK2 portion of Paper requires the pixbuf engine gtk2-engine-pixbuf to be installed, hence enabling it to draw most elements.
  • The colourful headerbar style is limited to apps that sport header bars and even then it is limited to a select few apps.

How to install Paper Icons & Theme on Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/pulp
# update repository info
sudo apt-get update
# install icon theme
sudo apt-get install paper-icon-theme
# install gtk theme
sudo apt-get install paper-gtk-theme
# install cursor theme
sudo apt-get install paper-cursor-theme

How to uninstall Paper Icons & Theme from Ubuntu

sudo apt-get remove paper-icon-theme paper-gtk-theme paper-cursor-theme

How to install Paper Icon Theme on Debian

sudo dpkg -i paper*.deb
# install dependencies
sudo apt-get install -f

To use theme, install Unity Tweak Tool

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
  • Next is to change to new theme and icons by going to Appearance, and click on Theme for desktop theme change, as well as Icons for icon changes. These icons are flat hence making it look attractive.

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