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Gnome Shell - Ambiance Blue

If you use Gnome Shell 3.6 or 3.8, please install Elegance Colors instead.


Ambiance Blue is a bluish Ambiance like theme for Gnome Shell.


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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-ambiance-blue


Installation Instructions:

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

Install the User Theme Extension for Gnome Shell [link]

Use Gnome Tweak tool to choose the theme, or run the following commands in Terminal,

gsettings set name "Ambiance Blue"



05.01.2013 - 1.Port to Gnome 3.6 (Only Gnome Shell theme)
05.01.2013 - 2.Added preset for Elegance Colors

30.05.2012 - 1.Code cleanup and minor changes to the Gnome Shell theme

11.05.2012 - 1.Fixes and enhancements to the Gnome Shell theme

10.05.2012 - 1.Updated for Gnome 3.4 with many improvements to the Gnome Shell theme

27.01.2012 - 1.Fixed banshee search entry

26.01.2012 - 1.Improvements to toolbar background
26.01.2012 - 2.Added border to sidebar
26.01.2012 - 3.Added support for Chrome/Chromium
26.01.2012 - 4.Various improvements

28.12.2011 - 1.Changed toolbar background to light
28.12.2011 - 2.Decreased font size in Gnome Shell theme
28.12.2011 - 3.Other misc improvements

05.12.2011 - 1.Visual refinements

20.11.2011 - 1.Added support for Mint Gnome Shell Extensions
20.11.2011 - 2.Decreased panel height
20.11.2011 - 3.Various improvements

19.10.2011 - 1.Complete rewrite of the Shell Theme
19.10.2011 - 2.New toggle and close buttons
19.10.2011 - 3.New scrollbars

15.10.2011 - 1.Updated Gnome Shell Theme

14.10.2011 - 1.Updated GTK3 Theme
14.10.2011 - 2.Support for Unity Panel
14.10.2011 - 3.Minor changes

29.08.2011 - 1.Ported to GTK3
29.08.2011 - 2.Added Gnome Shell Theme
29.08.2011 - 3.Added Avant Window Navigator Theme
29.08.2011 - 4.Changed menu colors to dark

08.02.2011 - 1.Fixed menu gradient, looked odd.
08.02.2011 - 2.Fixed light text colour in some places.
08.02.2011 - 3.Fixed Panel.
08.02.2011 - 4.Fixed could not install from 'Appearance Preferences'.
08.02.2011 - 5.Included README file.

07.02.2011 - 1.Fixed metacity theme and various colour issues.
07.02.2011 - 2.Changed default menu colours to light.
07.02.2011 - 3.Optional borderless metacity theme.

01.01.2011 - 1.Fixed the menu bar color. (Thanks to th3pr0ph3t)
01.01.2011 - 2.Close button edge color changed to gray. (Thanks to th3pr0ph3t)
01.01.2011 - 3.Fixed some packaging errors.

15.10.2010 - Started the project



Creators of the Ambiance theme - Kenneth Wimer, James Schriver, Andrea Cimitan (C) 2010-2011 GPL Canonicol LTD.

half-left [link] whose works were a base for my first Gnome Shell theme.

Andrew [link] for initial packaging for Ubuntu.

License: GPL-3.0+
© 2011 - 2022 satya164
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heritageljh's avatar
i just want to download
GuiTwo's avatar
Sadi58's avatar
Patiently waiting for the GTK3.6 version of this great theme ;-)
satya164's avatar
Sorry, but I'm not porting it to GTK3. I've to reduce my projects or it gonna be very difficult to keep all updated.
Sadi58's avatar
I fully understand, you're already doing a great job with Greybird, and it makes more sense to focus on making it better and better instead of working on several themes and not having enough time to make them better ;-)
satya164's avatar
Yeah. That's the point. Thanks for understanding.
Haltaar's avatar
the close button remains orange, how can i fix this?
mushrooom123's avatar
You can modify the css to the bottom panel of panel-docklet v3 comes in black ?

The extension is: [link]

I want something like this: [link]
The bottom panel in dark.

But with your theme appear in transparent .
When you can update it to be black down menu?

Best regards
I noticed in the stylesheet of the viper that has no reference to the theme. How does that appear in black?

I love your theme.
Best regards.
pompidoi's avatar
just a hint, to make your theme different from the ambiance colors blue, you could make the menus dark as in oneiric, like this: [link]
but with the blue theme, obviously.

sorry if i'm asking too much, and thnks for the theme =D
satya164's avatar
Thanks for the idea. Will look into it :)
12.04 please. really like this theme
eldermarco's avatar
Nice theme! I really like it! Is it possible to update this theme to work with GNOME 3.4?

Thanks :)
satya164's avatar
joonro's avatar
The following part was the reason:

.search-result-content:selected > .overview-icon {
background-gradient-start: #f2f4f6;
background-gradient-end: #d8dee3;
border: 1px solid rgba(150,150,150,0.9);
box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px rgba(255,255,255,0.6);
color: #ccc;
joonro's avatar
Thanks for this. I really like it. One thing is in activities window, when I search for a app, the highlight background for the selected app (which I can move with arrow keys) is weirdly white. If I move mouse and hover over an app icon, the highlight is correctly blue.
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