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Evolve - GTK3 Theme



Evolve is a simple and minimal light theme designed to be easy on the eyes. It supports Gnome, Unity and Xfce.

Installation instructions

Ubuntu users can install Evolve from our themes PPA using the following commands,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install evolve-gtk-theme

Manual installation

Extract the zip file to the themes directory i.e. /usr/share/themes/

To set the theme in Gnome, run the following commands in Terminal,

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme "Evolve"
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme "Evolve"

To set the theme in Xfce, run the following commands in Terminal,

xfconf-query -c xsettings -p /Net/ThemeName -s "Evolve"
xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/theme -s "Evolve"


GTK+ 3.6 or above

Murrine theme engine


30.10.2013 - Reworked Xfwm4 theme, minor fixes

25.10.2013 - Added GTK3.10 support, major overhaul

26.05.2013 - Added GTK 3.8 support

18.01.2013 - Fixes to GtkCalendar, adjusted infobar colors

08.01.2013 - Minor changes

18.12.2012 - Improvements to wm themes and wingpanel, re-enabled animations for buttons

28.11.2012 - Fixes to mutter theme and backdrop states, other fixes and tweaks

10.11.2012 - Improved button styles

02.11.2012 - Disabled CSS transitions to fix memory-leaks

30.10.2012 - Tweaks to panel theming

29.10.2012 - New style for toolbar, progressbar and scrollbar

26.10.2012 - Added CSS transitions, many minor fixes and code cleanup

24.10.2012 - Support GTK3.6, Xfce support, various improvements

05.07.2012 - Fixed a bug in GtkHTML, removed Adwaita dependency

25.06.2012 - Added support for granite dynamic notebook widget

22.06.2012 - Improved GTK2 integration, added mutter theme, various fixes

17.06.2012 - Added backdrop styles, changed checkbox and radio styles, minor enhancements

16.06.2012 - Changed scrollbar and slider style, better granite widgets support, changes to metacity theme, misc improvements

14.06.2012 - Fixed checkbox and radio, fixed separator color, light tooltip style

11.06.2012 - Granite Widgets support (expect better compatibility with elementary apps), fixed tootips in empathy

31.05.2012 - Ported to Gnome 3.4, rewrite metacity theme

23.01.2012 - Minor Improvements, fixes for checkbox and radio buttons in GTK3

31.12.2011 - Improvements to GTK2, added style for overlay scrollbars

26.12.2011 - Minor improvements

19.12.2011 - Included a dark theme (for apps like movie player), delete the gtk-dark.css file, if you don't want to use it

18.12.2011 - Fixed infobar color in GTK2, improvements to the sidebar, slider, misc enhancements

14.12.2011 - Made GTK2 styles more in line with GTK3 styles, changed progressbar style

12.12.2011 - Improvements to toggle switch, scrollbar, fixes for chrome.chromium, misc changes for GTK2

11.12.2011 - Removed resize-grip, improvements to toggle switch, infobar

04.12.2011 - Fixed many visual glitches

03.12.2011 - Decreased scrollbar width, fixed tooltip border, lighter selection color, fixed gnome2/mate panel background

25.10.2011 - Removed dark theme because of some odd behaviours, fixed dark scrollbar in GTK2

24.10.2011 - Fixed scrollbar highlight, included a dark theme (for apps like movie player), added Unity support

23.10.2011 - Fixed selection background, removed Unico engine dependency

22.10.2011 - Initial Release for Gnome 3.2


For older GTK versions, download the theme from launchpad,

GTK+ 3.4: 2012.07.05

GTK+ 3.2: 2012.01.27 (Adwaita engine required)

Code and license

Report bugs or contribute at GitHub

License: GPL-3.0+
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JLBee's avatar
I really like this, but it doesn't change the top panel on Ubuntu 18.04. I'm still looking around for something to have a dark panel above like that with light window borders.