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GNOME Shell - Orta

By half-left
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This is a GNOME Shell theme based on the Orta GTK2 theme.

Orta GTK2 theme by SkiesOfAzel

Wallpaper Hole by GuillenDesign



Please avoid a manual install and use the GNOME Tweak Tool, it's much easier.

You can use the gnome-shell theme extension for easier switching of themes.

GNOME Tweak Tool

Make sure you have user-theme-extension installed. Load the GNOME Tweak Tool and go to Shell Extensions and click the "Use Theme Extension" switch. Now go to "Theme" and click the Shell Theme box and locate your theme zip. Now you can select the theme in the dropdown box.

License: GPL

Compatibility: GNOME Shell 3.4

Update - 17th December 2011

- Added GNOME 3.2 compatibility.

Update - 29th May 2012

- Theme now supports GNOME 3.4.
- Made some design changes to fit better.
© 2011 - 2021 half-left
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CrimsonCorvus's avatar
please update this to work with gnome shell 3.8+! please! :)
Rasa13's avatar
can i use this on latest gnome shell version?
half-left's avatar
Only works with the version said in the description and the themes are not supported any more because of the constant breakage on GNOME's end.
claudette86's avatar
Can you make a version of Orta for Xfce? :D
half-left's avatar
No, sorry I don't do GTK stuff anymore.
I love this theme. Nice work!

For whatever reason, I did have a little bit of trouble in the overview. The hover-over text for the dash apps and the icons for the application overview were all smashed together. I assume it was just some weird thing with my set-up, but if anyone else had trouble with this, I changed gnome-shell.css to include:

.dash-label {
border-radius: 7px;
padding: 4px 12px;
background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
text-align: center;
-x-offset: 8px;
background-gradient-direction: vertical;
background-gradient-start: #5d5d5d;
background-gradient-end: #757575;
border: 1px solid rgba(255,255,255,0.0);
box-shadow: inset 0px 0px 3px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.3);
color: #fff;
font-size: 10pt;
-shell-caption-spacing: 4px;

which more or less (more less than more) matches the window captions


.icon-grid {
spacing: 50px;
-shell-grid-horizontal-item-size: 118px;
-shell-grid-vertical-item-size: 118px;

thanks for the many good themes!
half-left's avatar
Thanks. Yes, it's not 3.4 compatible yet.
Well that does explain it, now doesn't it?
half-left's avatar
Yep, you have 3.4 CSS lines there which is what the problem is, same with the contacts in the overview.
leodelacruz's avatar
A very serious work!
clickybang's avatar
Beautiful theme, thanks for sharing :)
half-left's avatar
You're welcome. :)
Hum I used meld to see the diff between Orta 3.0 & 3.2, It's CSS only :(
JS seems to be only for declarative properties.

I think I could made a 3.2 Dark from 3.0 Dark by copying your changes on the white Orta, but I could do some mistakes.
half-left's avatar
It's a lot of work as it is making all my themes 3.2 compatible, never mind the different colours. :)
Do you need some help with the Dark version ?
I'm no good for design, but maybe I could give some help for the JS
malisremac's avatar
Are you going to update dark version?
half-left's avatar
Not sure. I've got too much work on.
malisremac's avatar
It's OK, I understand.
Any updates on GTK3 3.2 Shell compatibility?
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