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January 19, 2011
Orta by ~SkiesOfAzel - one of the most gorgeous and easy configurable themes for the Gnome desktop environment.
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By SkiesOfAzel
It has come to my attention that some older versions of the pixmap engine have a bug that causes severe visual glitches when transparency is used in menubars. If your menubars and panel indicators are messed up, go to the Fixes page of the Orta Settings Manager and check the option ("Select this if your menus and panel have visual glitches"). This will also remove transparency from the Gnome Menu Bar applet, so if you use this applet with the flat panel option to make the panel transparent, you are out of luck.


Ubuntu PPA :

Please make absolutely sure you have removed any previous instances of the theme before installing via ppa.

To add the ppa and install the theme and the settings manager, type this on a terminal :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nikount/orta-desktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install orta-theme

To install the emerald decorators :

sudo apt-get install orta-emerald-decorators

To install the Xfwm4 decorators :

sudo apt-get install orta-xfwm4-decorators

You can find the Orta Settings Manager under the Preferences category of your Main Menu

Install manually :

Extract the extractme.tar.gz archive that you find inside the zip, to a folder of your choosing. Inside, you will find the theme (Orta.tar.gz) and additional decorators (Orta-Squared.tar.gz and Orta-Old.tar.gz) along with some folders. First, right click on and make sure that the "Allow executing file as program" option is checked. Run it and press the uninstall button to remove any old versions of Orta from your system. You can install the theme and decorators manually by dragging and dropping them to the Gnome Appearance Preferences window, or you can use the installer on the Orta Settings Manager (recommended if you want to install for all users including root). Now you can go through the various tabs of the Settings Manager and setup the theme according to your preferences. When you are done click the save button. Make sure you select another theme on the Appearance Preferences dialog that pops up, and then go back to Orta in order to apply your changes.

Leave the orta folder alone, it includes the Orta Settings Manager files ;).

Inside the Chromium folder, you will find a Chromium theme and different sizes of scrollbars to install.

Inside the Awn folder you will find an Avant Window Navigator lucido style. There are also 3 emerald themes inside the emerald folder.


The pixmaps are licensed under the Creative Commons non commercial share alike license, and the code under GPL v3. I've also included the original xcf sources of the pixmaps so that anyone can easily modify the theme to his/hers preferences


WhiteGlass Docky theme for Orta by Kushcreator

Firefox, awn and emerald themes for Orta by Aboettger

Awn light and dark themes for Orta by Vortex0965

Openbox Orta theme by SlugFortyFive



- The round emerald decorator now has a default layout variant.

- New Nautilus Elementary breadcrumbs style.


- Synaptic fix for gtk2-engines-pixbuf version 2.20 and older.

- Main menu icon size reverted to 22.


- Some Older versions of the pixbuf engine have a bug that causes visual glitches when transparent pixmaps are used on the menubar (workaround available in the fixes tab).

- Dark tabs spacing and text color is rendered incorrectly by non Gtk apps such as XUL, Java Swing and QT (unfixable, different tabs style workaround implemented).

- The window gradient is not rendered by non Gtk apps such as XUL, Java Swing and QT (partial fix for XUL, causes some problems with firefox, workaround for other apps available in Gradients page of the settings manager).

- Separator lines in OpenOffice cause visual artifacts due to transparency (unfixable).

- Pidgin active and normal tabs both use the active color. This is an application bug, report it to the devs.

- Opera 11 alpha menus redraw the transparent gradient on top of itself over and over again. This is an application bug, report it to the devs (workaround available in Fixes page of the settings manager).
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JLBee's avatar
I keep getting unable to locate package errors in Ubuntu.
coinbuddy's avatar
It looks so good..It puts in my mind to install it :) ..Honestly this was awesome!
Ohmy Zsh!! Awesome man!!!, had to recovery my password to login just to say thank you!! God bless!! :D
DiscipleOfDante's avatar
Does this support GTK 3 yet?
Looks good, I will try and install.  Wish it worked for 13.10.

Thanks a lot for your work.
mrkzboo's avatar
Thank you!
I just set your theme as my favorite one in xfce :)
deepwoodsv's avatar
Any way to put the window title in the center?
Brok824's avatar
Great Job!
I put it on MATE 1.6.1 to Slackware 14.0.

It looks fantastic!
The good thing is emerald themes.

Thanks a lot mate!
whyzee7's avatar
simply one of the coolest theme ever made!! Have been using it on Fuduntu. (Sucks it died though :()
bbabel's avatar
Great work! Using it now in my Arch setup.
wil-m's avatar
Very nice theme, but app icons are to tight to each other - GS 3.4 .
Ivanmladenovi's avatar
The best GTK teme
claudette86's avatar

on xubuntu 12.04 the font on Software Center is white on white background...
claudette86's avatar
Can you make a version of Orta for Xfce? :D
clapton1111's avatar
Hello, could you please tell me what's the name of the music player app?
d14gvn's avatar
Hey!! it exists an orta theme or scrollbars for chrome/ium?
quick question, how do you get the shadows and everything, and what font do you use?
Crisnepita's avatar
Qué hermoso tema gracias~
linhareta's avatar
First of all, great theme! Thanks for it.

Being a developer myself, I use (g)vim a lot, and its tabs are completely broken when using Orta (take a look: [link]). I'm using LinuxMint with XFCE. I tried to fix it myself, but couldn't. I read vim's source code together with gtkParasite, and found out the widget hierarchy until the Notebook pages:

path: "vim-main-window.GtkVBox.GtkNotebook"
class path: "GtkWindow.GtkVBox.GtkNotebook"

path: "vim-main-window.GtkVBox.GtkNotebook.GtkVBox"
class path: "GtkWindow.GtkVBox.GtkNotebook.GtkVBox"

Page label is a GtkEventBox that contains a GtkLabel
eventbox path: "vim-main-window.GtkVBox.GtkNotebook.GtkEventBox"
eventbox class path: "GtkWindow.GtkVBox.GtkNotebook.GtkEventBox"
gtklabel path: "vim-main-window.GtkVBox.GtkNotebook.GtkEventBox.GtkLabel"
gtklabel class path: "GtkWindow.GtkVBox.GtkNotebook.GtkEventBox.GtkLabel"

After hours of trial and error, analyzing the patterns, I think that it's vim's fault to have the GtkEventBox as a GtkNotebook page child, cause it seems to me that GtkEventBox won't respect ACTIVE or NORMAL states, it simply sets the NORMAL styling for every tab, hence breaking the tab bar. It's possible to change GtkLabel foreground, but it won't help much. Also, NORMAL and ACTIVE are inverted while I was messing with it.

Can we have a specific fix for vim, or should we expect the app to fix it? Thanks!
linhareta's avatar
My quick and dirty hack to get something at least usable was:

style "vim-tab-text" = "notebook-text" {
fg[NORMAL] = @bg_color
fg[ACTIVE] = @fg_color

widget "vim-main-window*GtkNotebook" style:highest "tabs-default"
widget "vim-main-window*GtkNotebook.GtkEventBox" style:highest "foobix-add-button"
widget "vim-main-window*GtkNotebook.GtkEventBox.GtkLabel" style:highest "vim-tab-text"

and I get this: [link]
Thanks for the wonderful work. When can we expect the GTK3 version ?
I'm sure it's on the fire!!! After gnome-shell Orta theme, GTK3 and our desktop will rock!
Asfhy's avatar
I liked too much, using it now ^^
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