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Greybird - GTK3 Theme

Greybird is the default theme in Xubuntu since 11.04 (Natty Narwhal).

The Greybird desktop suite includes:
  • GTK2 theme

  • GTK3 theme

  • Xfwm4 themes (normal and compact)

  • xfce-notifyd theme

  • Emerald theme

  • Metacity theme

  • Mutter theme

  • Unity support

Installation instructions for Ubuntu:

Ubuntu users can install Greybird using the following commands,

sudo apt-get install shimmer-themes

Installation Instructions for other distros:

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2009–2012 Simon Steinbeiß and Satyajit Sahoo

License: GPLv2 or later and CC-BY-SA 3.0 or later

Bugs: Please report bugs here…

Changelog: Full changelog can be found here…
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Danxor's avatar
Very well made. Beautiful theme
DubaiBunniesUAE's avatar
This is beautiful.
Sadi58's avatar
The Best Theme for Ubuntu 14.04!

Even better than the official default theme Ambiance which has a number of imperfections that you cannot find in Greybird!

I also look forward to seeing a Dark variant in the near future (replacing only all silver grey bgcolors with a very dark grey -similar to Ambiance- and black fgcolors with white) which can be a direct replacement for Ambiance ;-)
satya164's avatar
A fully dark theme?
elgandoz's avatar
Is there a way to make the Unity panel black, with white foreground text, just like in xfce?
satya164's avatar
It's black in the latest version. Use the version from the repos.
Lesik2008's avatar
The window decoration buttons looks bad for maximized windows – see
satya164's avatar
Aware of the issue. Probably we need to change the panel color on Unity.
Skrell's avatar
This looks amazing!  Do you have any more pics ?
satya164's avatar
You can try the theme and see :)
rcastill's avatar
Hello Satya!,you are amazing doing this stuff and I liked greybird  and numix so much, now I'm on greybird, the only "issue" that I can tell is when I'm clicking on topbar icons (white in transparent dark background) they still white, but the clock and global menu turns black like it'd must (I think)... So, do this have any fix or something I could do?

PD: Sorry if my english is kinda "monkeyish"


satya164's avatar
Hmm.. Can you report the bug on GitHub? It'll be really helpful -…
Samcoop's avatar
Hi satya,

I really like this gtk theme but I have a problem with some apps, buttons are cut !? Here's a screenshot about the problem :…
I also have the same problem with Numix and Orion... 

I use Arch with xfce and murrine/unico engines are installed. Could you please help me to fix that ?

satya164's avatar
Hmm.. Never saw something like that! Does changing the WM theme help?
Samcoop's avatar
I have the same problem with all themes except "Adwaita".
In fact, all my gtk-2 apps work fine, I have this issue only with gtk-3.10 apps.
I use your theme for a long time and it's the first time I see this "bug", I have this problem since some of my applications have been updated to gtk 3.10
satya164's avatar
Samcoop's avatar
No problem I will !! 

satya164's avatar
You're welcome. Let's hope this bug can be fixed soon :(
8-Cell-Art's avatar
is the screenshot on 3.8? my nautilus has a different close button.
satya164's avatar
The screenshot is from Gnome 3.9 with CSD.
Samcoop's avatar
Gnome 3.8 compatible ?
Samcoop's avatar
Oh thank you !! =)
Samcoop's avatar
another question: what's the font used in the screenshot ?
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