Howto change theme in elementary os

It is not so straight forward to change themes in elementary os. This guide will show you how to do it.

To change theme, icons and fonts in elementary OS you need a third party app called elementary tweaks. Open the terminal and copy/paste these commands;

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/elementary-tweaks
sudo apt install elementary-tweaks

You can now find elementary tweaks in System Settings. 

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To get more themes to use in elementary OS you need to do following that will make two folders in your home directory. One for your themes and one for your icons:

mkdir -p .themes
mkdir -p .icons

The two folders are hidden, so you need to right click in your file-browser and select Show Hidden Files.

Next thing is to head over to and download a theme and some icons. The icons section is here and the theme section is here. Unpack the icons to the .icons folder and unpack the theme to the .themes.

When it’s done go to System Settings and click Tweak.

Enjoy! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4 – 5.1.6

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