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DeLorean-Dark-Theme-3.6 vs.2.56

For Gnome 3.6 Re-Designed

NEW! version: DeLorean-Dark-Themes-3.8(works in 3.6 too)Link

Green version:Link
Light version:Link

Nov 26th:

  • Gtk2 is redesigned! ***NEW***
  • *Rebuilt almost entirely with SVG.

  • Xfce panel redisigned with sleek slim panels in mind
  • Openbox3 theme redisigned

  • Gnome-Shell-Theme still requires touch up to match the new design.

  • Requirements:
    • Gnome 3.6 *if you are using the Gnome Desktop

    • Gtk3-3.6*

    • gtk-engine-murrine- newer)

    • pixbuf-engine or the gtk(2)-engines package

    • gnome-themes-standard-3.5.*(provides the 'adwaita' theme)

    • Ubuntu, Linux Mint, & Ubuntu derivatives:
    • To add this PPA:
      - Copy and Paste the following in a terminal -
      For 12.10 Quantal Quetzal:
        sudo add-apt-repository ppa:killhellokitty/themes.ppa
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install delorean-dark-theme-3.6
      For 13.04 Raring Ringtail:
        sudo add-apt-repository ppa:killhellokitty/themes.ppa
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install delorean-dark-theme-3.6

    • Arch Linux install from AUR
      yaourt -S delorean-dark-theme-3.6

    • ALL other distrobutions
    • should download the version (delorean-dark-theme-3.6) from the top of this page. Unzip the archive, and copy the delorean-dark-theme-3.6 folder to /usr/share/themes/ *This theme can not be installed in ~/.themes. It will not work properly when installed within this directory!


    • Firefox Theme -- NEW for 3.6!

    • Thunderbird Theme Link
    • Download Here

    • Chromium Theme -- NEW
    • Download Here

    • Eclipse Theme -- NEW

    • Qt (KDE) Theme -- (The Qt(KDE) theme should no-longer be necessary. Gtk2 theme should be sufficient.)

    • Xfce & LXDE: Panel images are located in */delorean-dark-theme-3.6/gtk-2.0/panel. Choose the corresponding size to fit your Panel.

      Ubuntu Software Center: Make certain that you have the delorean-dark-theme-3.6 installed in '/usr/share/themes/' before you continue.
      1. First backup the original files. In terminal with root(administrator) privileges type the following:
      sudo cp /usr/share/software-center/ui/gtk3/css/softwarecenter.css /usr/share/software-center/ui/gtk3/css/softwarecenter.css.Original

      sudo cp /usr/share/software-center/ui/gtk3/art/stipple.png /usr/share/software-center/ui/gtk3/art/stipple.png.Original

      2. Copy over the new files. In terminal with root(administrator) privileges type the following:
      sudo cp /usr/share/themes/delorean-dark-theme-3.6/Software-Center/softwarecenter.css /usr/share/software-center/ui/gtk3/css/softwarecenter.css

      sudo cp /usr/share/themes/delorean-dark-theme-3.6/Software-Center/stipple.png /usr/share/software-center/ui/gtk3/art/stipple.png

      LinuxMint & Ubuntu with Unity: Slow Window Animations. Should you experience problems with window opening and closing animation the fix is to remove the 'metacity-theme-3.xml' file from the included 'metacity-1' folder.

    Wallpaper Sugestions:
    • 'Sexy Blue' by ShippD LINK.
    • 'Hint of Blue' by relhom LiINK.
    • 'Ubuntued' by Cláudio Novais LiINK.

    • 'F-Dark(Faenza)' by rodofr LiINK.


    9-24-12 -ver 2.42 Cinnamon version is 1.6 now. Changes for Nemo-file-browser introduced.
    9-26-12 -ver 2.44 TreeViews have been tweaked again, now the hover darkens and indents the views. Removed odd-row, even-row coloring from treeviews. Cursor in Text-Entry color is now blue and twice as thick as before, changed in both Gtk2 and Gtk3. Scale-Slider is FIXED! I removed the Unico-engine from the scale-slider. The scale-slider looks as intended in the Gnome-3.6 version! Firefox-theme fixed the missing background image from the start-page. Added Treeview, text-input, spinnbuttons theming it impoves DOM-inspector and Preferances-Window.
    9-27-12 -ver 2.46 Fixes, Fixes, Fixes! All buttons are rendering properly now. TreeviewHeaders are cleaned up. Final cleaning of scales. Cleaned up all(that i have found) backdrop windows widgets. And much much more...
    10-1-12 Added Arch Linux repo.
    10-3-12 -ver 2.48 Gtk2 progressbars are now solid to match Gtk3. Added Hover/Prelight attribute to Check and Radio Buttons. The ScrolledWindows and Frames are now drawing with the Unico-Engine. Posted Bug about crashing File-Roller to Launchpad (sidenote- this particular segfault was also happening with File-Roller in 11.04Ubuntu).
    10-5-12 -ver 2.49 Ubuntu Software Center theme files added. To install see the README inside the delorean-dark/Software-Center folder. --Ubuntu keeps changing how the software-center is drawn. This should fix it. Fixed the background text in Text-Entrys(finally). Adjusted the Scale-Slider-Button in 3.4 version. Soon will adjust 3.6 vers.
    10-14-12 -ver 2.50 Contacts app is now themed. Also the base color has been darkened.
    10-15-12 -ver 2.51 Fixed syntax in Contacts.
    10-16-12 -ver 2.52 Synaptic Package Manager, Fixed the Quick-Search-Entry. Now text is visible during search.
    10-16-12 -ver 2.53 Gnome-Shell is themed and working. There are still a few items I was unable to properly theme such as window lock, and GDM.(im using ubuntu Quantal to theme the gnome-shell and some of its functionality isn't working yet)
    10-21-12 -ver 2.55
    Menu-Items in Gtk's when hovered have been changed to match the gnome-shell look(light highlight when hovering over item).
    Metacity, fixed the appearance of the buttons when placed on the right side of window(I had been very unhappy with the previous look, this is much better). Cleaned up buttons both right and left side. Changed the pressed color of the buttons and gave tham better definition.
    Scrollbars, new scrollbars for both gtk2 and gtk3. I am much happier with these over the previous. Yes, they are kinda KDE retro looking, and I like em, and its much easier to determine the size/length of a scrolled-window with this style. This theme after all is a manage of retro and modern stylings!
    Firefox & Thunderbird (for some reason it refuses to draw the scrollbars properly) Go to the Firefox-Theme Link page and follow the instructions for the Scrollbar-Fix.
    Gtk3 The Calendar has been changed and newly themed.

    10-26-12 -ver.1.0 STABLE release! Gtk3 has been completely rewritten. There are many, many changes. Unico-Engine is no-longer required. It is recommended not to use overlay-scrollbars. This theme is intended to be used with its themed scrollbars. (but it is a personal decision.) I hope that I was able to sharpen and intensify the look of this theme while maintaining usability.
    10-27-12 -ver.1.01 Fixed the black windows when opening Totem-Movie-Player or EOG-Image-Viewer.
    10-27-12 -ver.1.02 Added Unity Panel Theme. Fixed the treeviews when hovered(with progressbars/ Transmission) or in backdrop state, finally. Added back the mesh toolbar to gtk2. Re-themed Chromium Browser within gtk2, I believe this version is preferred over the chrome-download-theme.
    10-28-12 -ver.1.03 Gtk2 fixed the Toolbars mesh image, it no longer distorts. Gtk2 new Tabs/Notebook to match Gtk3's. This is just the begining of the rewrite for Gtk2.
    Gtk3 changed the Selected-Text color to near black. Fixed the Toolbar-image for large toolbars(ie. Ubuntu-Tweak).
    10-30-12 -ver.1.05 Nautilus fixed for both version 3.6 and version 3.4(Ubuntu default). Both versions are fully themed as well as Nemo-File-Manager. Remade the Menu check/radio in svg. Changed dropdown menus back to blue-hover. Epiphany-Browser finished theming it. Reworked the Raised-Toolbar-Buttons/Combo-Buttons. Nautilus Scrollbars are drawn inset(on the icon-view) rather than outside it.(Necessary to maintain the bevel behind tabs in both versions of Nautilus). Cleaned up the hover of Check and Radio Buttons in rows/treeviews.
    11-06-12 -ver.2.0 Re-Design of gtk3 for a better experience with gnome3.6. Every part of gtk3 has been overhauled. There are still a few areas that require attention. I will get to those after the overhaul of Gtk2 to match. After that I will get to Gnome-shell GDM and Cinnamon. I hope everyone enjoys the new interface!
    11-12-12 -ver.2.1 Re-Design on Metacity's Buttons and the metacity-2 theme (Unity). I think i finally nailed it...LOL! Gtk3 for version 3.6.1 they have a new syntax for drawing Tab-Borders. I updated the syntax(for Arch Linux users) and kept the previous syntax for Ubuntu users(ubuntu hasn't updated to 3.6.1 in gtk3 as of today). I fixed the missing notifications switch in Gnome-Shell pop-up window. Fixed Unity Panel , removed the top highlight on the panel and reworked the panel image to be seamless with maximized windows.
    11-15-12 -ver.2.2 Gtk2's buttons are matched with gtk3's...metallic in windows and rubber in notebooks. GDM now has a working theme. The GDM-theme is just a placeholder until I have some inspiration. A fan/user of DeLorean-Dark created an awesome Chromium them that matches my Firefox-Theme. I will try to post it today. My appreciation for the awesome work, and for sharing it!
    11-16-12 -ver.2.25 Scrollbars in Gtk2 have been fixed. They now match gtk3's scrollbars. Also fixed the Scrolled-Window in Gtk2.
    I wanted to have both the Buttons and Scrollbars in Gtk2 made to match very quickly. They were the most noticeable difference between gtk2 and gtk3. Thats why the 2 updates in 2 days. ;-)
    11-18-12 -ver.2.30 Gtk2 major changes! The Entry's ComboEntry's, Spinnbuttons, Frames & Shadows, Scale, Progressbar, have all been redrawn in svg to be as close to identical as possible.
    If the version of Gtk2 you are using doesn't support SVG than do not use this theme. More changes to come for Gtk2!
    11-26-12 -ver.2.50 Gtk2 theme entirely rebuilt in svg graphics. The theme is now Pixmap based and the Murrine-Engine is used only for the rendering of Fonts in the theme. I tried to get it as close as possible to the gtk3 theme. You will need to use the Firefox-Delorean-Theme if you use firefox as your web-browser.
    12-01-12 --- New Eclipse and Firefox theme added to the Delorean-Dark suite.
    12-03-12 -ver.2.55 Metacity: shrunk the size of the Maximized tilte-bar for better screen real-estate. Gtk3: fixed the selected tab border when in backdrop mode. cleaned up the floating status-bar. Fixed the bug with nautilus sidebar's scrollbar showing squished/cut buttons(it wasn't suposed to show any). Gnome-Terminal and Epiphany: added an inset bevel (like the one behind nautilus's tabs) behind the tabs for both applications. And a few other minor fixes.
    12-04-12 -ver.2.56 Fixes to the last update: Floating-status-bar fixed the backdrop removing the box-shadows. Fixed the hover property of toolbar-buttons in backdrop.

    6-22-13 - NEW version: DeLorean-Dark-Themes-3.8

    *Help- If anyone knows how to code/draw in pixmaps the range-highlight for the scale/scale-slider in Gtk2. I would love to hear from you.
    ***Your feedback is important to help fix bugs, issues, and problems with this theme***

    Should you chose to download and/or use DeLorean, please take a moment to provide feedback. Be it positive or negative, just as long as it is constructive.
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Hi. The link to AUR is borked. Has it been moved or is this no longer available for Arch users?
Hello. I set this theme as main and selected default Ambiance theme as Window theme:…

As you can see, it looks very nice, but unfortunately I couldn't do same in 14.04. It will be cool to see implemented Ambiance theme in the DeLorean-Dark.
killhellokitty's avatar
Thats not likely to happen.  This theme is very old.  Sorry
I've got to say, 3.6 has worked really well on Ubuntu 14.04 in Unity because of the new forced GTK based window theme. In the past, my preference has always been to use carbon-metacity for the windows, however, the red, yellow, green buttons in 3.6 are waaaaaaay better than the orange close buttons that ship with Unity.
killhellokitty's avatar
Thats cool to hear.
i keep getting
** (termite:16141): WARNING **: Can't load fallback CSS resource: Failed to import: The resource at '/org/gnome/adwaita/gtk-fallback.css' does not exist

Just on this theme, any ideas.  all right packages are installed with the theme.
i am getting this

** (termite:16141): WARNING **: Can't load fallback CSS resource: Failed to import: The resource at '/org/gnome/adwaita/gtk-fallback.css' does not exist

When trying to open that from the terminal.
killhellokitty's avatar
That is a bug within the Adwaita Engine.  It is of no consequence.  Don't pay any attention to it.
Btw...No, I cant stop the warning from being displayed in terminal.
Spec-Chum's avatar
Oops, meant to post on 3.8 version haha

Spec-Chum's avatar
Superb theme, but I do have 1 issue, well 2, but I think they may be related.

On some apps (XChat and AWN settings are the one's I've noticed) the background on an input box is light grey with the text being an eversolighter grey so it's near impossible to read.

The AWN setting page (well, part of it):…
The XChat input box (topic box is the same):… - the text says "This text is very hard to read" just in case it, er, is very hard to read :p

You can fix the XChat one by not making the text input box use the Text Box Font and Colours but then it uses the system font and colours.

Anyway, minor things and I still love this theme :)
Azomb's avatar
Super Awesome
LinuxWunderbar's avatar
Due to the way DeviantArt now deals with downloads, the AUR package can't be built without manually downloading the .zip and editing the pkgbuild. You'll probably have to upload it externally to fix this, as I tried just grabbing the download link and that just 404s. Fantastic theme by the way, I've been using it forever!
killhellokitty's avatar
The AUR package should be fixed thanks to mrozanc.
Thank you for informing me about the problem.
love this theme, and would love to see it in red some day. any way keep up the good work

(rhythmbox:4579): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme parsing error: gtk-widgets.css:4031:64: Error opening file: No such file or directory
(gedit:4906): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme parsing error: gtk-widgets.css:4031:64: Error opening file: No such file or directory

grep -n '' /usr/share/themes/delorean-dark-theme-3.6/gtk-3.0/gtk-widgets.css | grep 4031
4031: border-image: url("assets/scroll/slider-sidebar-backdrop.svg") 7 / 7px stretch;

ls: cannot access /usr/share/themes/delorean-dark-theme-3.6/gtk-3.0/assets/scroll/slider-sidebar-backdrop.svg: No such file or directory
Problem solved! I was putting it in the Thunderbird LOCAL folder

But instead I should have been putting it in ROAMING

Then I restarted and it works! YAY!!!
I want this for Windows Thunderbird!!! :(
killhellokitty's avatar
I wish I was able to take upon myself the task of turning the userChrome built theme for Thunderbird into a full theme for lin,win,mac. I simply do not have the time it takes to manage full Mozilla themes and my Gtk themes. Mozilla updates crazy often!
ep7's avatar
lovely! thank you for doing this.
iviac's avatar
This is a great theme. Great work !!!
Could you please optimize it for Evolution Mail Client use, too? This would be really great. Some of the HTML mail previews have black Text on dark background. Some of the calendar views are a bit odd.
Keep up your good work!
killhellokitty's avatar
I'm looking into Evolution over the next few days. Hopefully I will be able to find an appropriate solution. Gtk3 is much more versatile than Gtk2 was, but many things are still unavailable to change.
iviac's avatar
Just focus on the RSS news or HTML mail messages. They are quite odd formated with Evolution. If you like, we can stay in contact to join our forces. It would be nice to design a GTK theme which would adapt my Opera skin's ordinary designs. If you are interested feel free to contact me. I would also like to help with GTK, too.
Love this theme, best one I could find!

I have one problem, but I'm not sure if you can do anything about it. In nemiver (gdb gui), some of the text is black on a dark grey background and very hard to read, I'm guessing its probably not using the theme colors for that part.

Pic: [link]
killhellokitty's avatar
Hmm, from the image you provided it appears to be hard-coded text. I will do some digging and see what i can come up with.
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