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Vertex - Theme


Vertex is a theme for GTK 3, GTK 2, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon. 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.


  • At least Gnome/GTK 3.10. This theme works with all versions up to 3.18.
  • 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, 14.10 and 15.04
  • elementary OS Freya
  • Linux Mint 17.1
  • Debian Jessie, Testing or Unstable
  • Gentoo
  • Fedora 20, 21 and 22
  • OpenSuse 13.1, 13.2 and Tumbleweed

Derivatives of these distributions should work, aswell.

If your distribution is not listed, please check the requirements yourself.


Important: Remove all older versions of the theme from your system before you proceed any further.

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}


Prebuilt packages for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE are available at…

Arch Linux users can install the theme from the AUR……

Manual Installation

To build the theme you need

  • autoconf
  • automake
  • pkg-config or pkgconfig if you use Fedora
  • libgtk-3-dev for Debian based distros or gtk3-devel for RPM based distros
  • git if you want to clone the source directory

If your distribution doesn't ship separate development packages you just need GTK 3 instead of the -dev packages.

Install the theme with the following commands

1. Get the source

If you want to install the latest version from git, clone the repository with

git clone git:// --depth 1 && cd vertex-theme 

If you want to install the latest stable release, run

git clone git:// --depth 1 && cd vertex-theme
git fetch --tags git checkout $(git describe --tags `git rev-list --tags --max-count=1`)

or download it from… and cd into the extracted archive

2. Build and install the theme

./ --prefix=/usr
sudo make install

Other options to pass to are

--disable-cinnamon            disable Cinnamon support
--disable-dark                disable Vertex Dark support
--disable-gnome-shell         disable GNOME Shell support
--disable-gtk2                disable GTK2 support
--disable-gtk3                disable GTK3 support
--disable-light               disable Vertex Light support
--disable-metacity            disable Metacity support
--disable-unity               disable Unity support
--disable-xfwm                disable XFWM support
--with-gnome=<version>        build the theme for a specific Gnome version (3.10, 3.12, 3.14, 3.16, 3.18)
                              Note: Normally the correct version is detected automatically
                              and this option should not be needed.

After the installation is complete you can activate the theme with gnome-tweak-tool or a similar program by selecting VertexVertex-Light or Vertex-Dark.

Uninstall the theme


sudo make uninstall 

from the installation directory, or

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


The extra directory in the source directory contains Chrome/Chromium and Firefox themes, a fix for the Ubuntu-Software-Center when using the dark theme and an alternative metacity theme, which hides the window titles of maximized windows (doesn't work on Gnome 3.16 and up).

To install the Chrome/Chromium theme go to the extra/Chrome folder and drag and drop the Vertex.crx or Vertex-light.crx file into the Chrome/Chromium window. The source of the Chrome themes is located in the source "Chrome/source" folder.

To install the Firefox theme copy the extra/Firefox/Vertex/chrome folder to ~/.mozilla/firefox/yourprofile.default/ and restart Firefox. Make sure that the tools>options>content>colors use system colors or preferences>content>colors use system colors checkbox is unchecked.
Themes for the variants Vertex-Light and Vertex-Dark are in the Firefox folder, too. Installation is the same.

To install the alternative metacity theme, copy the Vertex_alt_metacity folder to /usr/share/themes and select it as window theme.

To install the Plank theme, copy the extra/Vertex-Plank folder to ~/.local/share/plank/themes or to /usr/share/plank/themes for system-wide use. Now open the Plank preferences window by executing plank --preferences from a terminal and select Vertex-Plank as the theme.


If you get artifacts like black or invisible backgrounds under Unity, disable overlay scrollbars with

gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal 

Ubuntu-Software-Center doesn't play nice with dark themes. If you are using Vertex-Dark under Ubuntu the software center will have unreadable text. To fix this, install the Ubuntu-Software-Center fix. Instructions and relevant files are included in the extra/Ubuntu-Software-Center folder.

Bug reporting

If you find a bug, please report it at…

Other Info

Wallpaper: Alone by memovaslg
Icon theme: Vertex Icons
Launcher icons: White Pixel Icons by darkdawg

Licence: GPLv3


Initial release

Changelog has been purged because it was too long, complete changelog here

Add support for Gnome 3.16
    Port Gnome-Shell 3.16 theme to Sass
    Dash got redesigned due to 3.16 changes
    New hover state for window buttons
Minor bugfixes

Gnome-Shell theme fixes
Nicer Xfce and Mate panel style
Better Xfwm theme

Migrate the project to autotools to simplify the installation process (kudos to James Geboski)
Small bugfixes

Add a Plank theme
Fix gnome-shell crashes on non-accelerated systems
Make gala-notifications light (except in the dark theme)

Add support for Gnome 3.18

Add support for Gnome 3.20
Add Budgie v10.x support
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That's an awesome theme, ty for the work!!

I'm just having one problem, Firefox (71.0) shows a black bar at the top that I cant get rid off. Using the Vertex_alt_metacity theme fixes that, but then all my other windows (ex: Nemo) dont get the top bar with the buttons when I maximize them.

Any solutions to this???

Ps: This is what I'm using:

OS: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina x86_64

DE: Cinnamon 4.2.4

BlackField7's avatar
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Is Supported?
specialized666's avatar
GrungeWerX-TV's avatar
Hi there. Just wanted to tell you that this is a fantastic theme. Thank you for all your hard work on this. I'm currently using it on Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon 3.2.6(?), and it's working fine. No major bugs yet. I am curious how you got that docking panel on the left side, but I have a feeling it's the distro you're using. If it's available for install via another method, I'd love to know....
DubaiBunniesUAE's avatar
where is fucking download button???????????????????????????
William-Tael's avatar
Is there a Windows version?
I was wondering if anyone could please help me. I downloaded the theme, did everything it says to do, including putting the Vertex-Plank folder in the ~/.local/share/plank/themes folder, but when I go into plank preferences and set the theme to Vertex-Plank it doesn't change at all. It looks exactly like it did before. I tried downloading another theme, just some random one to see if it works, and it works just fine, the theme changes. For some reason though, the Vertex-Plank theme does not change the look of plank at all. I am using Linux Mint Cinnamon 18 with u\Ubuntu 16.04. The theme acts a little weird too. When I apply the "Desktop: theme it changes the status bar and Mint Menu, then I will apply the "window borders" and nothing changes at all, so I apply the "Controls" seciton and now the theme applies, but it is white. If I select "Vertex-Dark" it does nothing, stays white, in fact if I chose "Vertex-Dark" for "Controls" whole thing turns to a white color. No matter what I do the windows stay white. I have tried downloading the github version, building it and same thing. I can't get this theme to work right and no matter what I do the plank theme will not change. Please help, I am in love with the look of this theme, but I can't get it and I really want my plank to look like in the pic. Thank you for any help.
GrungeWerXshop's avatar
Hi there. Did you ever get this theme working? If so, what was the problem you had?
A couple of questions on the screenshots. 1) Is the dock on the left side plank? 2) If so what configuration options are being applied to make it look that way?
AlexyBot's avatar

2 years later but better late than never

that is the dash to dock shell extention

Br31zh's avatar
What is the best icon theme for this theme ? The Vertex Icon Theme have a bad contrast on Vertex Dark…
It's one of the most beautiful themes I've ever used. Would a variation in black and red be possible?
s-h-a-m-a-n's avatar
Hey. I use your gtk theme on Debian 8 Cinnamon and it works great. But I have one question. I didn't find the setting that sets the blue color. I tried to change all the blue hex color codes in the gtk.css and in the gtkrc file from your theme to my custom color. My custom color got applied to some things (when I select a file in Nautilus or select text in Firefox for example) but the most noticable highlight/selection color is still blue. Does it take the blue color from the .png files that are included in your theme? Or is the blue color defined in the gtkrc, in the gtk.css, or somewhere else?
s-h-a-m-a-n's avatar
ok I managed to customize every color, I found it myself.
hawahuri's avatar
I'm using Ceti-2 theme, which I think is based on Vertex.

I somehow managed to change the highlight/selection color to green, including on the Nautilus sidebar, but I'm still seeing blue color in slider switches, combo boxes and other places.

I want to have a consistent theme throughout the system with a dark grey background and green accent. 

So may I ask what changes do I have to make to achieve that?
s-h-a-m-a-n's avatar
Use GIMP to give every included blue .png and .svg file another color.

Also, change all the blue hex codes RGB & all the blue decimal codes RGB from the included configuration and .css files. 
hawahuri's avatar
Thanks, mate.

I actually edited the .svg file to change all the blue colors to their green equivalents. Now almost everything looks the way I'd wanted.

However, I'm experiencing a strange issue with Nautilus whenever I open it. The buttons, the places on the sidebar and sometimes even the contents of a directory are invisible until I hover my mouse over them. I have no idea what's causing this.

Here are a couple of screenshots:

Empty Nautilus

Empty Nautilus Mouse Hover
s-h-a-m-a-n's avatar
I assume that Nautilus has issues with the new SVG files.

The library used by Nautilus to render the preview thumbnails for SVG files (librsvg) supports fewer SVG features than Inkscape, and chokes on certain filter effects and linked images (IIRC of type 'jpeg' or 'tiff'), and possibly other items too.

But I don't really know how to fix the svg files ;)

Inscape uses vectors, but gimp uses raster:…

Maybe it will work if you recreate the original svg files with the other program.

hawahuri's avatar
Will definitely give it a try with gimp this time and let you know how it goes.

Thanks mate. Cheers :-)
4SK's avatar
Not work gnome 3.20.3
Very nice theme... works fine with the latest gtk3 updates

My only problem i that I dont like the Blue Color so much - I just hope for a Dark-Red-Bloody Theme  :D

Thanks a lot for this theme...  keep it up :)
Absolutely amazing theme. Thank you so much. I was wondering one thing... what is that "dock" sort of thing on the right side of the window in the screenshots? I am loving the look of it and would love to add that to my desktop. I am running linux mint 17.2 Rafaela cinnamon, and I am looking for some good customization stuff. Please let me know, and if you have any other tools that are useful for this please let me know too. I am fairly new to linux, and absolutely loving it thus far. Thank you.
annoyingduck's avatar
Still my favorite dark theme ever, thank you over and over!  One thing I noticed and was curious if this was done on purpose is that the standard Vertex (blue accents) vs the Vertex-Manjaro (green accents) draws the panel icons smaller than in the Manjaro version on Cinnamon and XFCE.  Is this done on purpose?  The Manjaro version looks much cleaner in the panel with the "normal" size panel icons vs the blue version, but I prefer the blue.  Next question, well more of a request...can we get a dark version that has grey as an accent color over the blue/green versions?  That IMO would be the ultimate dark theme!
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