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~ An Elegant Dark Theme ~

Dorian has many  unique characteristics. Such as, hovered buttons grow in size and insensitive buttons/widgets have a diagonal pattern distinguishing them from normal or active states.

Icons: F-Dark(Faenza)
Based on the Adwaita theme

  • Gtk2 Theme
  • Gtk3 Theme
  • Metacity/Mutter Themes - Basic and Retro: Left and Right
  • Openbox Themes - Default(retro-box) and Dorian-Neon
  • Ubuntu Software-Center Theme
  • Chromium Browser Themes - Dorian and Dorian-Simple
  • Firefox Browser Theme

  • Gtk3 - version Gtk-3.10.*
  • Gtk2 - version Gtk-2.24.17 or newer
  • gtk-engine-unico - latest available version should be fine
  • gtk-engine-murrine- (or newer)
  • pixbuf-engine or the gtk(2)-engines package

  • Download the Dorian-Theme package from the top of this page. Unzip the archive, and copy the following four folders; dorian-theme-3.10, dorian-neon, dorian-retro-left-metacity and dorian-retro-right-metacity to '/usr/share/themes/' for system-wide installation, or to '~/.themes' for individual user.
    *Should you have problems with the theme appearing incorrectly, warped or distorted(metacity in particular). It may be necessary to reinstall to '/usr/share/themes', and log-out and back in.
  • Arch Linux & Manjaro
    Install from Arch Linux AUR
    If using yaourt, type in terminal: yaourt -S dorian-theme-3.10

  • Ubuntu I am no longer maintaining the killhellokitty PPA.  Instead check-out  
    Trusty Tahr 14.04 has a great many issues when using this theme.  
    Including the window manager theme doesn't work.  I do not know if or when this bug will be addressed.  
    Do not submit bug reports at this time.  Thank You

Nautilus Pathbar Styles: squared(default), rounded(3.6 style), and normal button
  • Open '/usr/share/themes/dorian-theme-3.10/gtk-3.0/gtk-main.css'
  • Scroll to the last items on the page (a line containing:nautilus-pathbar.css).
  • Uncomment the style you prefer, or comment all for normal buttons.
    (Remove the /* from the front and */ from the back)
  • Save and Log-out and back in; or try 'nautilus -q' in terminal.

12022013-1  Nemo theme finished with special attention to pathbar and split-view.  Additional Nautilus-Pathbar theme added as default.  Changed Column-Headers appearance.
12142013-1 Minor changes with tabs and new tabs for Gtk2.  New matching scrollbars for Gtk2.  Many various adjustments.  This version takes it out of Beta.
12172013-1 Ubuntu/Unity fixes for panel and its music player buttons.  Also overlay scrollbars.  Added the package to Ubuntu repos for Saucy and Trusty.
12232013-1 Unity close/min/max buttons added. New buttons for metacity right/left retro themes.  fixed column headers in Gtk2 to match with Gtk3.
105222014 Ubuntu window-manager is now working and themed.

license GPLv3
© 2013 - 2021 killhellokitty
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LordGeddy's avatar
AWESOME THEME!  Thanks so much for this.  I do have a quick question.  All of my windows have a white border around them that your screenshots do not.  Any idea what could be causing this or what I need to change?  screenshot:…

vnON's avatar
I create bug-report for missing dark theme at Xubuntu - you can vote here :)…
vnON's avatar
Changelog have incorrect dates? 12142013?? And somewhere at description you have symbol Â  ...

I already asked you at comments for Dorian theme, but I was wrong - I have installed this Dorian theme 3.10, already for a year, one of the best themes, thank you ;)

So, how can I change the color of the active/inactive tab here?
killhellokitty's avatar
basically you do it the same way as i had outlined before.  Open the 'notebook.css'.  Go to line #97 and change the background color for unselected tabs.  Go to line #170 & #171 and change the color as you wish; this will be the active tab color.   You should do this for tab.bottom, tab.left, and tab.right to make them all match.
For Gtk-2.0, open the images folder and next the tabs folder.  Inside you will find the .svg(vector images) that match the Gtk-3.0 drawings.  You will need to open them in Inkscape and change the colors to match the new colors you have chosen.  (it takes a bit of time, but isn't all that difficult).
Good Luck,
vnON's avatar
Thank you, I edited /usr/share/themes/dorian-theme-3.10/gtk-2.0/images/tabs/tab-top-active.svg

So what about publishing this theme to the GitHub? Good for versioning/push-requests/forking/backup :)
rockinkaj's avatar
yoman18's avatar
I like your theme very much... dorian theme is best....
killhellokitty's avatar
gchokyong's avatar
my favorite theme so far, great work. One thing though, the fast forward, play. etc. buttons are missing in clementine on trusty tahr. the desription still pops up so its usable and i do, but it irks me a little. if you dont have time to update it for clementine, i would be up for trying it out myself. maybe a nudge in the right direction to find out how would be nice. Thanks for the great theme!
killhellokitty's avatar
Clementine is a Qt app not Gtk(in other words, built for KDE(Qt) not Gnome(Gtk)).  Have you tried installing Qtcurve and configuring it?
If you already have Qtcurve installed and you are having this problem, try disabling it and see what that does for you.
gchokyong's avatar
Thank you, I didn't see your reply for awhile... I installed Qtcurve and I'm checking out forums now on what to do next. Seems like it's going to be fun, since I can't seem to find out how to actually run the program yet lol. Either way, that's a really good nudge in the right direction for sure, Thanks again, love your work!
killhellokitty's avatar
Here check out this link:…
Its Arch linux, but should be  the same for any distro.
DevyGrl's avatar
Thanks killhellokitty really nice theme.

My box uses gtk+3-3.8.2 and I noticed when I start transmission-gtk at the terminal I get these messages;

  • (transmission-gtk:9854): WARNING **: Can't load fallback CSS resource: Failed to import: The resource at '/org/gnome/adwaita/gtk-fallback.css' does not exist
  • (transmission-gtk:9854): WARNING **: Can't load fallback CSS resource: Failed to import: The resource at '/org/gnome/adwaita/gtk-fallback.css' does not exist

Maybe later you can fix this?

killhellokitty's avatar
Thanks for listing the error messages. 
They are of no consequence, its an error that occurs for those of us who use the Adwaita-Engine in our themes.
It is harmless and only a small annoyance within terminal.
DevyGrl's avatar
ajian08's avatar
Like your works !!!!
Nithilus's avatar
Aweeeesome :) thank you so much XD
killhellokitty's avatar
You are welcome. 
flocke000's avatar
Love your theme!

And I have an idea for the Firefox theme, specifically the menu button when disabling the menu bar.
I created a modified version of your userChrome.css to make it match the "New Tab" button (… it's still incomplete, I want to add some text or something like that later.
If you like the idea and want to include it in your theme I can send you the userChrome.css (but I'm not very good with CSS so it's probably the best if you quickly build it yourself).
killhellokitty's avatar
I would like to see the changes you made.  I guess it took me to long to get your message as the image you posted is no more ;-(
flocke000's avatar
The image still exists, deviantart just read the URL wrong (if you remove the bracket at the end it works).
But for convenience:…
And the changes I made to userChrome.css: (they are pretty messy with all the pixel values, maybe it would be better to create a separate image for the button).
killhellokitty's avatar
I finally got around to adding your suggestion to Dorian-FF Theme.  Thanks for your patience.  You can check it out by downloading the 3.6 version of Dorian.
Thank YOU!!!
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