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By NanaBuluku
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*Theme is broken on 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Will need a thorough rewrite.*

Unity/Gtk2.0/Gtk3.0/Metacity Theme based on elementary Gtk2.0/Gtk3.0/Metacity. Gtk3.0 has been almost completely rewritten from scratch and modified with unity panel support while retaining the elements that make that theme awesome.

Full credit to elementary team for their inspired design.


Fixed issue with file-chooser sidebar items behaving glitchy


Gnome Shell/Gnome Classic variation included.
Simply extract the folders into .themes and use gnome tweak tool to change to the appropriate theme depending on your desktop.


Unico engine
Murrine engine

Known issues:

-Thunderbird toolbar uses selected_fg_color and therefore uses white text. Either all gtk2.0 menus must be light so that selected_fg_color can be dark or thunderbird has white text. I haven't found a way to fix it after hours of tweaking.

-Initially I was focused on getting it looking good under unity. I will now work to make it function properly (menubars are ugly) under gnome shell.
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claudette86Hobbyist Artist
Hello :D
in Xubuntu 12.04 (with XFCE 4.10) I have these problems in gedit. Maybe I'd to download other version of Elements? :D
Please let me know, I love so much this theme <3
moonfiremusic's avatar
This is my favorite gnome 3 theme but it doesn't work with gnome 3.4 anymore. Any chance for an update?
paulmedic555's avatar
Thank you for this nice theme. I want to ask you how can i make the theme to have a light panel and light menus in unity?
eudennis's avatar
Sometime ago I saw someone with tutorial to make that theme with light panel, is it possible?
amgisp's avatar
I love this theme! My current theme is Elements-Unity with Ubuntu 11.10. Unfortunately, in Unity-2d, when the window maximized, the three buttons(close, unmaximize, minimize) are not adapted to this theme. my machine can't use Unity, so I want to fix this. What can i do?
amgisp's avatar
I got the way to fix. in /usr/local/themes/, type
>sudo mv Ambiance Ambiance.bkp
>sudo cp Elements-Unity Ambiance
>cd Ambiance/metacity-1.0
>sudo cp ../unity/* ./
then, select "Ambiance" in gnome-tweak-tool.
There may be some bags in unity-2d...
GhostPrototypeII's avatar
GTK2 theme doesn't work. Running LMDE Xfce-Desktop.

Getting the error message: "xfce4-appearance-settings:
/home/.../.themes/Elements(GS-and-Classic)/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:118: error: unexpected identifier `default_button_color', expected character `}'"

All gtk2-engines installed ...
alexluckett's avatar
Great looking theme! I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 w/Unity. I can't seem to get it to work? I've copied the unity folder for this to /usr/share/themes, but Elements doesn't appear in gnome-tweak-tool's theme selector?
newbieonubuntu's avatar
follow this simple tutorial on webupd8

just adding the ppa and select ur desired theme package (unity or gnome) :P

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update

unity :
sudo apt-get install elements-unity-theme
gnome :
sudo apt-get install elements-gs-theme

simple :P
crownvictoria's avatar
this is a truly great theme for xfce or indeed gnome :)
malisremac's avatar
It doesn't work on gnome 3.2.
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ThimoteusHobbyist General Artist
So far this is my favorite gtk3 theme, but I'm still getting the "file-chooser sidebar items behaving glitchy" bug in the GS/classic version, especially when hovering over my empathy buddy list.
Areku-The-OF's avatar
It looks decidedly gorgeous, but for some reason the theme doesn't work with the synaptic package manager (it shows Raleigh as the GTK3 theme but with the Elements window theme). Other than that it's beautiful! I'm using it on Ubuntu 11.10 under Gnome Shell, if that helps. Thanks!
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NanaBulukuHobbyist Interface Designer
Hi! Cheers for the interest. Synaptic is open sudoed so in order for it to be themed properly you have to copy the theme folder to your usr/share/themes folder.
Areku-The-OF's avatar
It worked wonders!!! Thanks for the tip!
BeanMonster's avatar
Is it compatible with gnome-shell 3.2?
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NanaBulukuHobbyist Interface Designer
cneo97's avatar
Awesome. Now It's a must for me, the best theme for Unity so far.
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NanaBulukuHobbyist Interface Designer
Cheers! I can't wait to see what the elementary team come up with for luna.
froggaz's avatar
Looks great with Ubuntu :)
Do you have an idea how to get this working with the gnome-panel package?
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NanaBulukuHobbyist Interface Designer
There is now a theme for gnome3 shell and classic included! Though it's not as polished or interesting as the dark unity bars yet.
justviper's avatar
awesome looking theme, plz do fix the menubar issue soon
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