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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+
© 2011 - 2021 satya164
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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.
I wish you could update this to work with the most recent GTK version.
valhalley's avatar
Ahm honestly your work looks really awesome..Havent try it but maybe I will..Thanks.
have not tried it yet, but the theme looks very good! thanks for uploading to folks on
deviantart to look at and download
D0J0P's avatar
Man, I wish this would work in Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.
mo1000's avatar
Hey, man, how would I go about making the gtk2 side of this dark?

Thanks man.
Very good Qt5 like theme and performance (no scroll lag).

A question about the background colour of tabs (in browsers, file managers, etc.).
Colour of non active/selected tabs is white (as is the colour of the active/selected tab). In your Orion (gtk2) theme the background colour of non active/selected tabs is grey. I looked into the themerc but could not find how to separate the colour of non active/selected tabs from the active/selected tab for Evolve.
FabianInostroza's avatar
gnome 3.14 support pls (:
satya164's avatar
Will take some time.
elgregorPL's avatar
It's the best GTK 3.10 theme out there, thank you for it!

I found a small bug: in Gnome Clocks timer and stopwatch progress bars are invisible, except for seconds mark.

Gnome 3.10, Ubuntu 14.04 x64

EDIT: Oh, now I see that I should report it on Github...
vdullius's avatar
I really like this beautiful theme. Congrats Satyajit!
In cinnamon 2.2 need some adjustments, but still is my choice.
183amir's avatar
the first theme that convinced me to switch to a light theme! Awesome!
gutigen's avatar
My desktop looking fabulous :)

Thank you and keep up awesome work man!
Algalord-Gnome's avatar
Would be nice to have it ready for 3.12!!! great theme
satya164's avatar
It'll be soon :D
Algalord-Gnome's avatar
Hi Satya. Evolve doesn't seem to work properly for me in gnome 3.4 on Debian 7, even though i have unico, murrine and pixbuf installed. When i switch the window borders, it works normally, but then when i switch the  gtk theme it all turns completely black. Any known issue?
satya164's avatar
You need to install the GTK3.4 version. Though it'll look different from the latest one.
I did install the gtk3.4 version.

Just wait, in case i didn't mess up anything, this one has the minimize and close buttons as little dots, and orion has the big reddish button with an x?

Anyways, in both cases, i installed the gtk3.4 version...
satya164's avatar
They are not dots, they are -, + and x

Probably you can give a screenshot?
Oh, yeah, you're right. I forgot.
Could you just check the downloads you made available for 3.4, if they're really 3.4?

Not home so i can't check it for the next couple of hours. Would be grateful.

Thanks again, you're very helpful!
satya164's avatar
Yeah. It's for GTK3.4, but a screenshot will be nice.
Here's the screenshot. The theme that doesn't seem to work is Evolve, downloaded from the 3.4 link provided.

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