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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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Orta by ~SkiesOfAzel - one of the most gorgeous and easy configurable themes for the Gnome desktop environment. ( Featured by Alexander-GG )
coinbuddy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
It looks so good..It puts in my mind to install it :) ..Honestly this was awesome!
staxxthedan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Ohmy Zsh!! Awesome man!!!, had to recovery my password to login just to say thank you!! God bless!! :D
Ortacud Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
orta :>
DiscipleOfDante Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Does this support GTK 3 yet?
KingGoddard Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Looks good, I will try and install.  Wish it worked for 13.10.

Thanks a lot for your work.
mrkzboo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Thank you!
I just set your theme as my favorite one in xfce :)
deepwoodsv Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Any way to put the window title in the center?
Brok824 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
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 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
simply one of the coolest theme ever made!! Have been using it on Fuduntu. (Sucks it died though :()
bbabel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! Using it now in my Arch setup.
wil-m Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Very nice theme, but app icons are to tight to each other - GS 3.4 .
Ivanmladenovi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The best GTK teme
claudette86 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist

on xubuntu 12.04 the font on Software Center is white on white background...
claudette86 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Can you make a version of Orta for Xfce? :D
clapton1111 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Hello, could you please tell me what's the name of the music player app?
d14gvn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Hey!! it exists an orta theme or scrollbars for chrome/ium?
scottd70192 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
quick question, how do you get the shadows and everything, and what font do you use?
Crisnepita Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Qué hermoso tema gracias~
linhareta Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
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]
nkl0910 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thanks for the wonderful work. When can we expect the GTK3 version ?
legluondunet Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I'm sure it's on the fire!!! After gnome-shell Orta theme, GTK3 and our desktop will rock!
Asfhy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I liked too much, using it now ^^
gerxrdo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
will this work with ubuntu 11.10?
luvgirl12345 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Just wanted to tell you that I'm still using the theme and still loving it!! xD nice work!!
malisremac Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
When you will release new gtk3 version?
noodleinjar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist
It says i'm missing feanza dark icons what should I do?
Gawwad Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011   Writer
Hi, how do I turn on the squared borders?
I don't think there is anything in the settings manager, and it's not listed in the windows borders on the Appearance app.

How ever, the folders and files seem to be in /usr/share/themes.
ayaneforever Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
So I'm running this on Natty and when a window goes behind another window, the title seems to move a bit... about 1-2 pixels to the right. Is this happening to anyone else? It's really bothering me. Also, I wish removing gradients would also remove gradients from the menus. I love the gradient on the panels, but on short menus it would look better with a flat non gradient

I love the theme n_n I wanted a theme with square edges, and I found one ^_^
dante19992 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
On kde (using this theme for gtk apps) I notice the chromium theme doesn't match the default color for the theme.
zw4200903 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
This is the most beautiful theme I have ever used.But how can I make all the panel transparent???Please look at here,I want your help
momits Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Hey, great work!
Unfortunately I'm experiencing a problem with a self-written pygtk-application. I need to change the background color of a button, which i can't get to work with orta. other themes are unproblematic and I'm able to change the buttons text color in orta, too. Any idea?
roramo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Interface Designer
very good
plastikmaniac Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Looks beautiful but the theme manager seems to be screwing up all the previews in Appearance panel
scarofthesun Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Perhaps the best theme I've ever used.

Do you plan to create a GTK3 theme too?
mips1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
GNOME Shell - Orta

This theme is compatible with GNOME Shell 3.0.
x11tete11x Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
+1 :D
sk8erboi101 Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
great theme!
yayamii Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
markdwhite Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
In case this helps anyone with Unity fixes:

luvgirl12345 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
have you noticed that it screws with the orta settings manager? It's like the settings manager is still looking for the theme named Orta and we would have to change that to Ambiance/Radiance somehow...
markdwhite Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
I've got it set up 'okay' and am living with it for now. I've lost CCSM functionality and screen design from upgrading to 11.04. Guess I should've just waited a while...
luvgirl12345 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Could you make this work in Unity?


for dark Panel... could you also add a fix option so that Orta settings manager uses the theme file "Ambiance" instead of "Orta"?? for the window buttons (maximized state)

pedrofleck Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
I love this theme, but it's very incompatible with Unity, can you fix it?
Rob-T Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
One of the best I’ve seen. Normally I try Ubuntu for a day or two and then give up. But having a theme that looks this good makes me want to stick at it. Keep up the good work!!
sameerkof Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
i installed orta but when i save it says
" it seems gnome is not running" ....

well i am using gnome3 desktop

any idea ?
Anub-Arack Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
How can I make the top ba (panel) dark ?
I'm on ubuntu 11.04 so it's not like the gnome panel per say.
Anub-Arack Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
No one ? :(
karxarias Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
I have also this problem. Just upgraded to 11.04 beta1 and the top panel is not themed...
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