It seems like every theme out there for the Linux desktop is a slight variation of a material design theme. Don’t get us wrong, material design is slick and modern. However, if you’re looking for a nice theme for the Linux desktop, it can be a little annoying to only run into the same types of themes over and over. That’s where the Arrongin theme comes in.

The Arrongin theme is a fancy, “two-toned” theme with unique design aspects. This is a must-try theme if you’re sick of “flat” themes.

Dependencies

Installing the Arrongin theme on Linux requires installing several dependency files. If you do not install these files to your Linux PC, the theme will refuse to work. Install them by selecting the command that corresponds to your operating system.

Note: this theme requires Gnome version 3.20+. It may run on earlier versions, but for best results, please update!

Ubuntu

sudo apt install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf

Debian

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S gtk-engine-murrine gtk-engines

Fedora

sudo dnf install gtk-murrine-engine gtk2-engines

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install gtk-murrine-engine gtk2-engines

Other Linuxes

If you’d like to use the Arrongin theme on another Linux distribution not mentioned above, you’ll need to manually seek out the dependency files. Luckily, the names are very similar regardless of the operating system. Install the items on the list below, and everything should run great!

  • “gtk-murrine-engine”, or “gtk2-engines-murrine”
  • GTK2 related engines. Aka “gtk2-engines”, or “gtk2-engines-pixbuf”

Downloading

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Getting the Arrongin theme on your Linux distribution will require downloading. In this instance, we’ll use the wget tool, as it’s the fastest way to get everything. Open up a terminal and use wget to download the packages you want.

Note: be sure you have wget installed. Open up a terminal, and type “wget”. If nothing happens, you’ll need to install it. Find it by searching for “wget” in your package manager.

Traditional Window Buttons

There are several different implementations of the Arrongin theme. The first version of it uses the traditional window button layout. This version of the theme will satisfy most people used to having window control buttons at the top right of the title bar. Download this version to your Linux PC with the command below.

wget https://dl.opendesktop.org/api/files/downloadfile/id/1529841626/s/a1589958af7e8b168cb41ba197c57504/t/1530927208/u//Arrongin-Buttons-Right.tar.xz

Window Buttons On The Left

Prefer having your window buttons on the left, like Mac? If you want to keep buttons on the left with the Arrongin theme, past this command into your terminal.

wget https://dl.opendesktop.org/api/files/downloadfile/id/1529841770/s/a1589958af7e8b168cb41ba197c57504/t/1530927208/u//Arrongin-Buttons-Left.tar.xz

Extra Stuff

Aside from the normal theme files, Arrongin has some neat wallpapers for use with the theme. To get the wallpaper files, use the download command below. Downloading the wallpapers for Arrongin isn’t absolutely necessary, but getting them will add a sense of completion to the theme.

wget https://dl.opendesktop.org/api/files/downloadfile/id/1523259366/s/a1589958af7e8b168cb41ba197c57504/t/1530927208/u//Extra-2.4.tar.xz

Installation

After using the Wget tool to download the desired theme, we’ll need to extract the contents of the archive. There are many ways to do this, but the most efficient is via the Tar terminal command.

First, let’s extract the Extras archive.

tar -xvJf Extra-2.4.tar.xz

Next, extract the Arrongin Buttons Right package with the following command:

tar -xvJf Arrongin-Buttons-Right.tar.xz

Alternatively, extract Arrongin Buttons Left with:

tar -xvJf Arrongin-Buttons-Left.tar.xz

After everything is extracted out of the compressed packages, it’s time to install. First, move the wallpapers into place. It doesn’t really matter where these wallpaper files go, but for best results, move them to ~/Pictures.

cd ~/Extra-2.4
mkdir -p ~/Pictures/Arrongin-wallpapers/
mv *.png ~/Pictures/Arrongin-wallpapers/

Next, it’s time to extract the theme files. To install the themes for a single user, do the following:

mkdir -p ~/.themes
mv Arrongin-Buttons-Right ~/.themes

or

mv Arrongin-Buttons-Left ~/.themes

Alternatively, if you’d like to use Arrongin system-wide so that multiple users can access and use the theme, try:

sudo mv Arrongin-Buttons-Right /usr/share/themes/

or

sudo mv Arrongin-Buttons-Left /usr/share/themes/

Once the theme files are successfully in place, Arrongin should be ready to use!

Enable Arrongin

Now that the Arrongin theme is installed correctly, it’s safe to enable it on your Linux desktop. To enable it, navigate to the settings area of your desktop environment, select the “appearance” option and apply Arrongin.

If you’re not sure how to get this theme working, don’t worry! Linux can be confusing sometimes. For help enabling this particular desktop theme, consider reading one of the articles that pertain to the desktop environment that you use. It goes in depth on all things customization!

  • Cinnamon
  • Gnome Shell
  • LXDE
  • Mate
  • Budgie
  • XFCE4