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asked 2013-11-26 20:30:14 +0000

cee gravatar image

How can I use custom gtk themes on a plain i3 install (without any additional desktop environments)?

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answered 2013-11-26 20:39:37 +0000

cee gravatar image

This blog post inspired me to try it out.

  1. First download the theme you want to use (preferrably one that works for gtk-2.0 and gtk-3.0). My favorite is delorean-dark-theme (not only because of the name).
  2. unzip it
  3. copy both folders gtk-2.0 and gtk-3.0 to ~/.config
  4. create a new config file for gtk2: vim ~/.gtkrc-2.0

    with following content:

    gtk-theme-name = "delorean-dark-theme-3.9"
    gtk-font-name = "Open Sans 8"
    gtk-icon-theme-name = "gnome"

That's it. I guess you can easily adapt it to any other theme.

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This doesn't seem to work with wxWidgets based applications like vlc. How can those be configured?

Sajo gravatar imageSajo ( 2014-11-05 11:51:19 +0000 )edit

Isn't VLC based on Qt? But anyway, if I set "Force window style" from the Interface Settings to GTK+ it looks OK on my Arch Linux.

cee gravatar imagecee ( 2014-11-05 13:03:10 +0000 )edit

That worked for me. Thanks. I thought it was based on wx - Seems I was wrong. But the issue remains with picard (which also I think is based on wx)

Sajo gravatar imageSajo ( 2014-11-05 13:12:44 +0000 )edit

answered 2015-05-08 12:25:11 +0000

msx gravatar image

If you run GNOME alongside i3 it is a good idea to have at least these daemos launched at startup:

# Restore GNOME's settings
exec --no-startup-id /usr/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon-localeexec

# Fix a bug in gnome-settings-daemon:
exec --no-startup-id dconf write /org/gnome/settings-daemon/plugins/cursor/active false
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this is what I do and it works great. I've done it for CInnamon, Gnome, and Unity. lets me use the awesomeness of i3 with some of the conveniences of a DE.

drak3 gravatar imagedrak3 ( 2015-05-10 01:52:27 +0000 )edit

answered 2013-11-26 20:46:38 +0000

lasers gravatar image

Alternative: Use lxappearance

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Sure, there is a program for everything. But I change my theme once and therefore prefer to just copy it to the right place. K-I-S-S

cee gravatar imagecee ( 2013-11-26 20:51:52 +0000 )edit

`lxappearance` (and other programs) make it easier to find the right icon theme etc though.

blueyed gravatar imageblueyed ( 2014-02-22 11:59:56 +0000 )edit

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