Install Vertex Theme – A Nice Dark GTK3, GTK2 Theme on Ubuntu, Linux Mint

Vertex Theme is a GTK 3, GTK 2, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon theme for Ubuntu, Linux Mint. It supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, XFCE, Budgie, Pantheon, etc. Themes for the Browsers Chrome/Chromium and Firefox are included, too.

The theme comes with three variants to choose from. The default variant with dark header-bars, a light variant, and a dark variant.

Vertex Theme Requirements

  • At least Gnome/GTK 3.10. This theme works with all versions up to 3.22.
  • The gnome-themes-standard package
  • The murrine engine. This has different names depending on your distro.
    • gtk-engine-murrine (Arch Linux)
    • gtk2-engines-murrine (Debian, Ubuntu, elementary OS)
    • gtk-murrine-engine (Fedora)
    • gtk2-engine-murrine (openSUSE)
    • gtk-engines-murrine (Gentoo)

Main distributions that meet these requirements are

  • Arch Linux and Arch Linux based distros
  • Ubuntu 14.04 or newer
  • elementary OS Freya
  • Linux Mint 17.1
  • Debian 8, Testing or Unstable
  • Gentoo
  • Fedora 20 or newer
  • OpenSuse 13.1, 13.2, Leap 42.1 and Tumbleweed
  • Solus

Vertex Theme

How to install latest Vertex Theme on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04

  • Remove all older versions of the theme from your system before you proceed
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light,Vertex-Gnome-Shell,Vertex-Gnome-Shell-3.16,Vertex-Cinnamon}

rm -rf ~/.local/share/themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light,Vertex-Gnome-Shell,Vertex-Gnome-Shell-3.16,Vertex-Cinnamon}

rm -rf ~/.themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light,Vertex-Gnome-Shell,Vertex-Gnome-Shell-3.16,Vertex-Cinnamon}
  • Run following commands to install the app on Ubuntu 16.04 which we are using for this setup
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vertex-theme.list"


sudo apt-key add - < Release.key

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install vertex-theme
  • Install and launch the Unity Tweak Tool
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

  • Click on the Theme button under Appearance

Vertex Theme

  • Select the desired theme. This would take immediate effect

Vertex Theme

If you no longer want the theme and looking for a way to remove it, follow the steps outlined below

sudo make uninstall

sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light}

Troubleshooting Tips

  • If after installing the theme, you get artifacts like black or invisible backgrounds under Unity, then you need to disable overlay scrollbars with the following command
gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal
  • Its also mentioned that Ubuntu Software Center does not play nicely with dark themes. So if you are using the Dark theme in Ubuntu, the software center will have unreadable text. To fix this, you will need to install the Ubuntu Software Center fix. Instructions and the needed files are included in the



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