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WARNING: For the time being, I am sad to say that the project is discontinued. The iconset still works perfectly, but unfortunately I do not have enough time and work-life balance to focus on it any more. With enough third-party support, I can think of revitalizing it back, but for now I am not actively developing it any more. Feel free to drop me an email if you are interested in continuing its development!
I will also probably add the icons to GitHub, in order to align better with my workflow that mainly uses github. My other iconset, i.e. the phantasmagorically awesome FlatWoken icon theme, is already there. Download it here ->
Also, I am not very active on deviantart any more. I will keep the account open for legacy purposes, but I have moved on with my life and I cannot juggle with icon design any more.


Please consider a small donation (1$ goes a long way) via PayPal to ""


Before asking, if you have any problem, run at least once the customization script, and TAKE A LOOK AT THE README FILE!!!


This iconset is only for GNOME/XFCE/LXDE. The kde version is available here ->…


  • PPA modality:

    1. Type in a terminal window:

      1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alecive/antigone
      2. sudo apt-get update
      3. sudo apt-get install awoken-icon-theme
      4. awoken-icon-theme-customization
    2. Follow Instructions
  • WARNING: with ppa subscription you can always get the newest version on your machine. But to see the improvements, you have to configure (or re-configure) at least once the iconset either for clear version, or dark version, or even a colored one.
  • Download the iconset:

    1. EDIT: for now, deviantArt doesn't let me upload the iconset due to its restrictions. So, from now on, the icon set will be available from this link (on my dropbox account) ->…
    2. Extract the archive, enter in the newly-created directory called AwOken-2.5, and extract these archives as well
    3. Move the folders called AwOken, AwOkenDark, and AwOkenWhite in your .icons folder
    4. Type in a terminal window:

      1. cd .icons
      2. sudo cp -p AwOken/awoken-icon-theme-customization /usr/bin
      3. sudo cp -p AwOken/awoken-icon-theme-customization-clear /usr/bin
      4. sudo cp -p AwOkenDark/awoken-icon-theme-customization-dark /usr/bin
      5. sudo cp -p AwOkenWhite/awoken-icon-theme-customization-white /usr/bin
      6. awoken-icon-theme-customization
    5. Follow Instructions


To exploit full power of customization script, you have to install zenity (recommended, used to see the GUI) and imagemagick (mandatory, used to color icons). If you use Ubuntu, they're in repositories, so you have only to install them from Software Center.



If you have follow instructions above, you have only to type in a terminal window:


And follow instructions provided!



  • Added a full-featured colored version! More than 500 icons were re-drawed in colored mode.
  • Changed licensing: from cc-by-nc-sa to cc-by-sa! Now the iconset is completely free :)
  • Iconset updated to Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail!
  • Added ppa for Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal and Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail
  • Solved a bug in coloration script (many thanks to
  • Secure icons are now available in networkmanager
  • New ubuntuone icons, as well as new emoticons for chat
  • Added more than 50 xfce4 icons
  • Added icons for gnome 3.8 applications: gnome-games, gnome-documents, gnometris, quadrapassel, gnome-boxes, gnome-disks, and more
  • Added or redrawed more than 400 icons
  • Added more than 200 symbolic icons
  • Dropped ppa for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

Complete changelog (especially for previous versions) is stored in README PDF file.


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mintystark's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

While I believe that this icon set is the best there is for Linux I do believe it can be improved a bit. My main critique would be that I think the icons are a bit blurry when they are under 32px. This might be by design as it might offer better support when scaling the images, but I guess I am a little picky and prefer sharper icons. For this reason I have replaced the status icons with Faenza as they are a bit sharper and come off a bit cleaner. I would be glad to share a screen shot if requested.

JackHolborn's avatar

2020 and still using it, great job!

nice work ill try it
danjde's avatar
Hi elecive,
I've installed your wonderful icon theme on Gnome Shell 3.20, and there is a problem with the exit button.
The red exit button, in fact overlaps with that of the main theme exit icon, as you can see here:

Nautilus ->…
SFLPhone ->…

danjde's avatar
Solved, doing as suggested by Nyaine.
ingolfse's avatar
The download details are very well.It has a perfect information..Great work!
DevyGrl's avatar
alecive no longer works on or supports awOken, it's Officially Dead!

Hopefully someone will see this and pick up this project and continue moving it forward...

Thank you alecive for your years of work on this, let us hope we can find a new maintainer!
Nyaine's avatar
I just had a couple of problems with Gnome 3.18 and icon sizes, as many of them appeared too large. This may be with earlier version of Gnome as well.
The solution was to go into index.theme and change all "scalable" to "Scalable". Appearently this is case sensitive in Gnome. Probably something that you should fix for future releases. ;)
Hi alecive! Thank you for this awesome icon-theme! I have packaged the whole set for manjaro and will make a little contibution myself and let people know to do so, too. Hope that's ok for you like that. :)
The customization script had to be left out because xdg-open seems to produce an infinite loop here, It will not stop even after relogging...
Another problem I hit was the file permissions because some files like i.e. .AwOkenrc were set to read owner only.
I ran chmod +r -R in the PKGBUILD for now, but maybe you could fix that in the source for future versions? Don't know about how things are different in Debian and Ubuntu here ...
Keep up your great work!
DevyGrl's avatar

I noticed some typographical errors in the script so I changed them for you;…

Also I changed the titlebar for the first two window to only; AwOken 2.5, you should make all the window titlebars like this
it's all you need.

Also all the windows need to be wider, a few of them have scrollbars appearing at the bottom and cutting off the text,
also I noticed one window needs to be taller. I only checked out a few of the windows, but you should test all of them on your
box and make sure they are all high and wide enough without the scrollbars showing up.

Keep up the great work! :)
DevyGrl's avatar

The redshift names are incorrect;…

I hope you will please change those.

thank you
DevyGrl's avatar
Would you please add icons for these apps?


Please change Conky to the Conky mascot logo;…

Thank you and keep up the great work!
498201's avatar
Thank you so much for this!!

I just created an account on this site to say thanks!!
txtsd's avatar

The AwOken theme is a little broken right now after the gnome/gtk updates. This is an example of how transmission-gtk looks. Cutoff oversized icons. Asymmetric search bar. Pretty sure the progress bars looked different before the update too.
498201's avatar
Lots of warez over there...
Your AwOkenDark Mono works fantastic on my Arch system running i3 wm
Thank you for making this.
Hi Alessandro, a quicky here.

I think that you removed the option to install the 'extra' icons from the customization script. I am trying to get the Pidgin tray icons to work. If I do a normal installation (either manual or via PPA) I get the Pidgin tray icon right but it doesn't change according to my login status as expected, it remains always the same.

I have tested switching to the 'hicolor' theme, and it works as expected, the tray icon changes according to my current status i.e. Available, Away, Busy, Invisible, Off-line, etc.

How can I get that to work with your theme?

I have though of: Modifying the 'Inheritance'n field of Awoken, leaving only hicolor and replacing the hicolor icons in /usr/share/pixmaps/pidgin/tray/hicolor by yours but it didn't work.

Thank you in advance!

darquiel's avatar
Very cool, I was attempting to use it on my mac.
I noticed though that the "Virtual Box" pngs all seem to be in a corrupted state.
I have tried to download from both sites.
Can you point me to where I can get those?

Really love the set.
pissnaround's avatar
Me again. I was wondering if you're sure about the method you are using to convert CMYK colors to RGB. When I try and colorize a set based on a specific color and use it's RGB values, it's often quite a bit off. Any thoughts?

I love it! I just love it.
Sloma's avatar
Hi, I'm using Trusty now and can't customize properly the icons. What I get is standard set of icons no matter what I choose during customization. Are you going to update the script? You could instead provide me with some information how to change icons manually, do I need to change them in .icons folder in my home or rather in /usr/share/icons? I'd appreciate an update though if you can do it because your icons are great and you did really great job putting everything together. Great work!
Hello. I'm using them on 14.04 and I had a problem because I was copying and pating the icon folder everywhen. Mmm no.
Make sure you have only one copy of each folder in ~/.icons (1 copy of AwOken, one of AwOenDark, etc) and the other files from the zipped archive.
Make sure you don't have the same AwOken folder at /usr/share/icons or any other places and then follor the readme instructions (copy the scripts, etc, and run the configuration script).

That worked for me.

Also, if the problem persists, make sure you have permision on the icon folder (happend once to me)
Sloma's avatar
Thank you, you solved my problem :)
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