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Orion - GTK3 Theme

Orion is a modern light theme for Gnome. It supports Gnome, Unity, XFCE and Openbox. The theme is compatible with GTK 3.6 and above. It also includes a GTK 2.0 theme using Murrine engine.


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

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


Installation Instructions for other distros:

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

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

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme "Orion"

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme "Orion"



17.09.2013 - Loads of fixes, CSD support, XFWM theme now uses gtk-color-pickup

04.08.2013 - Backported Mutter theme to Metacity

08.07.2013 - Full GTK 3.8 support, redesigned WM themes, various improvements & fixes

19.01.2013 - Minor tweaks

17.01.2013 - Tweaks to GTK2, flat style toolbar, fixes to GtkCalendar

16.01.2013 - Port to GTK3.6, major rewrite and redesign

16.06.2012 - Better granite widgets support, misc improvements

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

02.06.2012 - Rewrite metacity themes to remove weird borders, dropped styling for unfocused windows, minor improvements

26.05.2012 - Rewrite mutter and metacity themes to fix roundness and border issues, fixed text color in system settings, fixes to fallback mode panel, removed pixbuf engine dependency

22.05.2012 - Fixed a typo in gtk-widgets-backdrops.css, fixed menubar text color in fallbackmode panel

11.05.2012 - Fixed selected background in nautilus, improvements to mutter/metacity

07.05.2012 - Fixed appearance in System Settings, improved tab design

07.04.2012 - Fixed glitches in the dark theme, adjusted tooltip style in GTK2 to match more with GTK3

06.04.2012 - Title text is now properly centered (mutter), support hiding of titlebar in apps like gnome documents (mutter), support dark theme in apps like movie player, lighter text in sidebar

05.04.2012 - Improved sidebar view, added support for beatbox, added openbox theme

04.04.2012 - Updated for Gnome 3.4

03.02.2012 - Added steppers to scrollbar, fixed desktop mode font color

01.02.2012 - Minor improvemwnts

29.01.2012 - Added mutter theme, support for xfwm, improvements to metacity theme

27.01.2012 - Fixed Fallback mode panel, fixed banshee search entry, various improvements

26.01.2012 - Coloured the metacity buttons, fixed floatingbar color, fixed nautilus sidebar border, fixed menubar highlight colour in thunderbird, misc GTK2 improvements

25.01.2012 - Initial Release for Gnome 3.2



For older GTK versions, download the theme from launchpad,

GTK3.4:… (Unico engine required)

GTK3.2:… (Unico engine required)

This theme is not compatible with old Gnome 3.0.



Window theme based on Plastico by Camilo Higuita


License: GPL-3.0+
© 2012 - 2021 satya164
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saffronrestaurantoxf's avatar
Super nice theme..But I read a lot of negative comments.I hope it will work here in mine..Thanks for sharing this.
candylolz's avatar
Just what I needed! Thanks!
redj1290's avatar
Hi there,

Amigo, can you take a look for this bug:…
satya164's avatar
Hi, please report a bug on GitHub.
I see on Launchpad you're still updating this theme, right? xD
satya164's avatar
Yes. I'm. But updates are not that frequent for Orion :D
Thanks for the reply (and work of course)! :)

Gnome 3.12 has some nice features (e.g. flat tab view, popups, etc.), are/have you bringing this to Orion? :D
satya164's avatar
Orion already supports PopOvers. About new tab design. It'll arrive soon.
Great to hear! Can't wait till it arrives! :)
Hi satya. Does Orion work on gnome 3.10?
satya164's avatar
Thanks! This one looks even better then evolve :D
Thanks for your great work! I also like the way windows are presented in Gnome now, just the control buttons inside the title-bar. :)
satya164's avatar
You're welcome :)
Thanks satya for this theme. It looks nice in my dwm desktop :)
By the way, can you write a good tutorial of how to make these good themes?

satya164's avatar
If you are asking about GTK3 themes, here you go -… :D
Hi, thanks for the link. But when I download the themes (GTK3) I even find a gtk2 rc and openbox folder. Are they need to be coded too? I mean is that generated from GTK 3 itself or needed to be learnt and coded seperately?

satya164's avatar
Yes. They need to be learnt separately. About openbox themes, I think Archlinux has great documentation. Don't know of something similar for GTK2.
Inoki-Sakaeru's avatar
Congratulations on yet another great success! What are those icons? I'm using MyElementary, but those don't blend with a bright panel well.
satya164's avatar
Thanks :D

Those are elementary-xfce icons…

If you use Ubuntu, it's available in the default repos.
claudette86's avatar
MMM no now it's everything ok :D
Deckon's avatar
one of the best gtk i see...congratulations
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