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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.
The Window Manger is designed to use only the close button.

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Icons are F-Dark(Faenza).

This version has been built on top of the Adwaita Theme.
  • Gtk2 & Gtk3 Themes
  • Metacity/Mutter/Unity Themes
  • Firefox Theme
  • Gnome-Shell Theme
  • Xfce4-Notify
  • Xfwm4 Theme
  • Openbox Theme
  • Ubuntu-Software-Center

  • gtk-3.12.*
  • gtk-2.24.17(or newer)
  • pixbuf-engine or the gtk(2)engines-package
  • gtk-engine-murrine-0.98.2(or newer)
  • Download the Dorian Theme package from the top of this page.
    Unzip the archive, and copy the dorian-theme-3.12 folder to '/usr/share/themes/' for system-wide installation, or to '~/.themes' for individual use installation.
  • Arch Linux & Manjaro
    Install from Arch Linux AUR
    If using yaourt, type in terminal:
    yaourt -S dorian-theme
  • Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 & Utopic 14.10 (Thank You to Noobslab for hosting!)
    In Terminal type:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install dorian-theme-3.12

Unpack the Dorian-theme package and locate the FireFox folder. You will find a 'chrome' folder inside.  Next go to '~/.mozilla/firefox/xSomeNumbers.default'.
  • If there is no 'chrome' folder, just copy and paste the one form inside the Dorian-theme package.
  • If there is a 'chrome' folder, merge its contents with the appropriate 'chrome' folder from within the Dorian-theme package.
  • Restart Firefox to apply the theme.
User Profile You may also desire to create a new User-Profile for the Dorian-Theme since it  hard-code's the look appearance. To do this simply open firefox with a trailing '-p', for example: firefix -p
a small gui will appear.  Choose create profile and follow the instructions.  If you would like this gui to appear at every start-up(recommended) so you can choose your profile un-tick 'Don't ask at startup', or you can always start the app with the '-p' to change profiles again.

5-09-2014  First Beta release.
5-11-2014  Second Beta.  Fixed dialog buttons.  Fixed Nautilus Pathbar button from expanding when hovered.  Reworking of the Buttons altogether.  Changed the design of the hovered button state using padding instead of border-width; It gives a much cleaner look.
5-14-2014  Buttons fixed, finally.  I had to return to the border-width style.  Nautilus Pathbar reworked.  Overhaul of base theme look.  Lighter column-headers.  This version should be proper usable.
5-16-2014  Gtk3 is finished, with the exception of a few minor changes I would like to make.  Nemo is themed.  The Backdrop state is themed.  Osd is themed; this is only the second time i've themed the Overlay widgets. Inform me if they aren't all working properly.
5-18-2014  Gtk3 got a little more work, including default-buttons.  Firefox theme vs. 0.1 finished and included within theme package.
5-22-2014  Ubuntu Window-Manger theme is fixed, and other Ubuntu specific design needs have been addressed.
5-26-2014  Gnome-Shell Theme added.  The theme is a work in progress but usable.  It defaults to Adwaita theme for those widgets I haven't themed yet.
5-27-2014  Gnome-Shell Theme changes.  Feedback would be helpful.
5-31-2014  Finished Gnome-Shell(for now).  Dash-To-Dock specifically themed (Doesn't work with GDM3setup enabled, ???).  Gtk2 is next.
6-04-2014  Gtk2 is finished.  Taking the theme out of Beta.
6-04-2014  Fixed issue with wallpaper being coved over when "Have file manager handle the desktop" feature is on.
6-09-2014  Xfwm4 Theme added.  Reworked Gnome-Shell Theme(not sure about the change).
10-02-2014  Fixed backdrop progressbar colors to make it visible.  Fixed the active button text color when in backdrop state so that it is now visible.
10-13-2014  Opera Browser fixed url bar, it is now usable.  This is last fix for 3.12.

Please submit bug reports.  Thank You.
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m-aliyin's avatar
Thanks, I'm using it for my arch :) love it
JuzzJazz's avatar
I love this theme but I get an error message in the theme manager which also doesn't display some apps and folders correctly when opened from start menu. This error message also prevents software manager from opening:

"GTK-theme adwaita not installed"

Thanks in advance to anyone with a solution to my problem.
adli's avatar
I really like your theme, but I thought I should let you know I find it hard too distinguish the selected tab and the selected window on the panel. I'll probably dig through the source later and try to change it myself, but I tought you might appreciate the feedback. Other themes that do this well include Boje and diehard4.
gigabit942007's avatar
Will you port this theme to 3.14? I really loved it.
killhellokitty's avatar
Just ported it to 3.14.
Is there a thunderbird theme ??
killhellokitty's avatar
Not currently, the old one is out dated now. Sorry
kurotetsuka's avatar
hey there. upgraded from the aur recently, and started seeing a few small issues. i've taken a screenie:

anyways, also wanted to say i've been using dorian for a while, and love it :). no other dark gtk theme i've come across comes even close to comparing.
i am still using your old retro-right-metacity window border theme, and not completely happy with it. what's the chance you'd be willing to take off the annoying black borders? :D

thanks again for the awesome dark theme :)
killhellokitty's avatar
Thank you for your kind words.  I checked out the screenshot and I believe I am seeing Tox and Firefox.  The firefox theme went buggy on me.  Maybe a new one in the future.  And Tox is Qt I believe.  To be honest I am not sure what I am seeing. Is Gtk2 not using a dark theme?  I need more info, please.
Regarding Metacity, I loath working in XML its so tiresome!!!  If you can implicitly point out the borders you are referring to I will fix it for you. 
kurotetsuka's avatar
the thee programs are chromium, skype, and keepassx. I can get the wrong colour to show in firefox too, though. ( i love the firefox theme btw :) )

bad colour in firefox:

window border demonstration:

it seems to me that it's mainly gtk2 programs that have the problem. also, don't worry about the window decorations, i can always just try to find another XD.
killhellokitty's avatar
First here is the download link for the revised Dorian Retro:…

I am not sure what to tell you about firefox, I can't reproduce the issue.  If you added anything additional to the that might be the issue.  Skype is QT so you will need to research how to change the Qt theme.  Chromium just isn't very themeable from gtk2.

If I come up with any ideas, I will let you know.
kurotetsuka's avatar
hey, managed to fix the chrome/skype/keepassx issue.

have a look here ( line 1 ):…

and here ( line 93 ):…

maybe that'll help with your future themes :)
kurotetsuka's avatar
ooooh my gosh thanks so much XD it looks and feels so right now :D

have you thought of having a git repo? I just upgraded to gnome 3.14, and was gonna spend some time fixing the little issues ( including the white background thingy ), but there's no way for me to contribute back to you atm :(
Love this theme on Fedora 20, Gnome 3.12. I did notice one thing, and not sure if it was done by design or not. When I have a File Operations window up transferring a file across my network you cannot see the progress bar unless the window is active. Is there a way i can fix this?

killhellokitty's avatar
You stumped me.  I can't find any reason for this to be happening.  Thanks for pointing this out, I will take extra care with 3.14
Were you able to at least reproduce the issue that i was having? So I know its not just my system? Its a minor issue but kinda weird. 

killhellokitty's avatar
No, I am not certain as to what the problem is.  Could you post a screenshot of the error please.
Here ya go.

If you look at the file transfer window down at the bottom. When its selected you can see the progress bar, but when it is not the selected window you cannot see it. 
killhellokitty's avatar
I just uploaded a new package, I believe the issue is fixed.
Thanks for your help.
Awesome! You can now see the progress bar. It turns dark be still able to be seen. I copy some big files across my network and had to keep switching to the progress window to see how close it was to being done. 
You're mentioning GTK 3.12 as a requirement, and you have instructions for installation on Ubuntu 14.04.
But Ubuntu 14.04 is using GTK 3.10.
killhellokitty's avatar
I am aware.  Noobslab chose to include 14.04, and it mostly works on Trusty, Nautilus is kind of ugly.
This would be a decision for the individual, knowing its built for gtk3.12.
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