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Numix Solarized

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Now with more accent colors! I added a script that allows you to chose any of the eight Solarized accent colors as your selected background color, anything from the standard blue to magenta or yellow.

This is a remix of the popular Numix theme by satya164, using the Solarized color scheme created by Ethan Shoonover. 

The Gnome Shell theme is satya164's Elegance Colors theme – the presets are included as .ini files and can be installed by placing them in ~/.config/elegance-colors/presets/ (big thanks to satya164 for suggesting that solution, wouldn't have thought of that possibility myself), and then selected in the Elegance Colors settings application.

The suggested fonts for this theme are Adobe Source Sans and Adobe Source Code, which are available here:…… (they are also available through the repos of quite a few distributions, e.g. Fedora and Arch).

This is my first attempt at theming, meaning there are probably quite a few things I've messed up or missed. Please don't hesitate to report  any bugs or problems here. I hope to set up a Git repository in the future, but for now I'll just upload the theme and any updates here. Gnome Shell is what I'm running myself, so that's what is getting most of my attention – if there are bugs in other DEs, please let me know and I'll do my best to fix them.


- Updated theme to comply with the latest version of Numix, lots of small changes. Most notably the tabs now look like they should, and the window background in Gnome Files will now no longer change color when all tabs but one are closed.
- Updated the preview image to reflect the changes (i.e. the new tabs).

- The zip file should be up to date now, apparently DA didn't play nice with the last upload for some reason.

- Simplified the accent colors script as per the suggestions of jensbob
- Set the tint value of the elegance colors themes to 0
- Increased the elegance colors themes font size to 10p
- Re-added the proper names to the elegance colors theme files (don't know when those got lost, but apparently it happened and now it's fixed)
- Updated the installation instructions

- Fixed the accent color script, should now work properly with the gtk2 theme as well.
- Fixed the violet accent color.

- Changed a typo in the accent color script, the red should now be the actual Solarized red instead of some weird hue of magenta.

- Added a bash script for changing the selected background color variable.
- Tweaked the elegance colors settings.
- Updated the description.
- Updated the preview image.

- Merged with the latest Numix theme, lots of small changes.
- The blue accent colour is back, mainly for consistency reasons. That gray was to much of an eyesore in some applications, e.g. Gnome Tweak Tool.
- Updated the preview image to reflect the new look.

- Added a transparent Elegance Colors preset
- Fixed the xfwm4-theme (I hope)
- Updated the preview image
- Misc. fixes 

- Changed the "osd_base" and "osd_foreground" colors of the light theme, thereby making Gnome Terminal light instead of dark.

- Added a light version of the GTK theme
- Updated the preview image

- Fixed some weird button coloring in the dark Elegance Colors preset
- Made the Elegance Colors presets more square to better fit the look of the GTK theme 
- Added "#Name" information to the .ini files to make them installable as Elegance Colors presets as per the suggestion of satya164
- Added a light Elegance Colors preset (initial release, will probably need some tweaking)
- Updated installation instructions

- Fixed the typo in gtk.css resulting in a "gtk-warning **: theme parsing error missing semicolon at end of color definition" error message.
- Tweaked the Gnome Shell theme settings slightly
- Removed the shadow from the Gnome Shell theme
- Removed the separate Gnome Shell Themes, seeing  as Elegance Colors does not want to export themes at the moment (it is also easier to maintain just the .ini files). If anyone wants the old file, just post a comment and i'll provide a link.
- Updated the preview image

- Tweaked the dark Gnome Shell theme, highlights now much more subtle

- Fixed the dark theme window manager colors, should now match the light theme
- Tweaked the Gnome Shell themes

- Added a dark Gnome Shell theme
- Added installation instructions
- Restructured the theme folder, Gnome Shell themes are now separate from the GTK theme
- Gnome Shell themes are now named Elegance Colors Solarized and Elegance Colors Solarized Dark

- Added proper window manager colors
- Changed the preview picture to match the updated theme

- Added the extracted Gnome Shell theme from Elegance Colors to the theme folder

- Initial release
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davedorm's avatar
Where did it go? The SourceForge links are 403 even for registered SF users.
ferdi265's avatar
I don't think he maintains it any more.

I made a reimagined version of the theme and forked it off of the original Numix

Github repo here:…

It's much easier to maintain as it changes only the colors from Numix, and those are in nice color files.
So new colors can be easily added, and most changes can be taken directly without modification from the upstream Numix project
CrazyAboutPC's avatar
I really liked this theme, congratulations!
dronT78's avatar
could you update please?
1. no spaces with gtk3 solarized light…

2. sected text doesn't looks like selected…

here is my ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini
gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme = false
gtk-theme-name = Numix Solarized Light
gtk-fallback-icon-theme = gnome
gtk-icon-theme-name = Adwaita
gtk-font-name = PT Sans Caption 10
ferdi265's avatar
I had this issue as well, so I took the default Numix theme (which still works) and added in the solarized colors.

Here is my GitHub page for the theme.

I also made an ArchLinux PKGBUILD, but that is not on the AUR yet.

If you want to try it out, look at the releases section on my github. Just download the tar.gz and drop it into /usr/share/themes.

The Theme name for the config files is "NumixSolarized".
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hi, for what version of Gnome did you mod it?
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KDE support?

(There's an official Numix for KDE already)
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Awesome work! But the dark theme is just like light one.!
nix-bhj's avatar
The dark controls are same as the light ones.

Please help.

(Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon)
(That's Ubuntu 14.04)
monzer4819's avatar
Dude you've made me so happy. Thank you!
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serdotlinecho's avatar
Any update for GTK 3.14? The theme missing checkboxes and radio buttons with GTK 3.14:

Numix Solarized

Numix Blue
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Everything is kind of on a hiatus until Satya164 and the other developers work out all the kinks of the original Numix theme under 3.14. My guess is that the creator of Numix Blue implemented a workaround for the checkboxes, I saw something along those lines being discussed on the mailing list for the Numix github repository a while back. I could of course do something similar, like adopting the same fix, but I'd prefer to just wait until Numix properly supports GTK 3.14 and then implement all the new changes at once. There is still a long way to go until Numix and its derivatives support GTK 3.14 properly. For example, Gnome Tweak Tool still looks like this using Numix Blue:…
cuviper's avatar
I'm now on Fedora 22 (beta) with GNOME 3.16 -- really hoping this will get updated!  I managed to manually merge some files from Numix on github, and it's mostly ok, but I'd rather use your proper touch. :)
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Thank you for your explanation. Actually, it's…numix-themes-archblue-git from AUR. I cannot test the themes on gnome-tweak-tool because I don't have gnome-shell installed.
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The dark theme is actually solarized light colors, I'm not sure what the light theme is, but it's not solarized. Do you have an actually dark theme that will make windows dark blue with light grey text?
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The dark theme has a dark title bar, the light theme has a light one. :-) If you mean a theme that's entirely dark, I would suggest enabling the "Global Dark Theme" option in Gnome Tweak Tool.
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Where is that in Xubuntu?
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Hm, that't indeed a problem – Gnome Tweak Tool does not work in XFCE for obvious reasons, but it seamed reasonable to assume that the option to use the alternate all-dark theme for GTK3 apps would be available somewhere in XFCEs settings. But alas – I installed an XFCE session on my system and toyed around with it a bit, but there does indeed not seam to be any way to do that.

The dark theme is still there, however. You could just remove "gtk.css" from the "gtk-3.0" directory in the "Numix Solarized" folder and then rename "gtk-dark.css" to "gtk.css" – that should result in an all-dark theme for GTK3 apps.
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I did that and then restarted, nothing seems to have changed.
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Apparently one needs to also change the GTK2 theme. Try this, see if that works for you:…
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Oh, just noticed another tiny issue. Using the Ultra-dark theme, tooltips show up as beige rectangles with no visible text. It seems both the tooltop and the tooltip text are the same light color.

Any chance of that getting fixed?
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alexthegreaterStudent Artist
Sweet, it works! Now my laptop is all dark.
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