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How to Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu (Updated)

Want to give your Ubuntu desktop a new look and feel? Here's how to install the Papirus icon theme on Ubuntu from a PPA.

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A selection of Papirus’ icons

Want to give your Ubuntu desktop a new look and feel? Here’s how to install the Papirus icon theme on Ubuntu from a PPA. 

The Papirus icon set boasts more than 1,000 icons, with colourfully designed glyphs for most popular Linux applications, including icons for Clementine, the Atom text editor, Corebird, VLC, and many more.

The icon set uses a playful colour palette and feature a subtle raised edge, giving them a semi-3D look. It’s derived from Sam Hewitt’s Paper icon theme.

A Shapely Modern Icon Set

A few days back we wrote about the Kylin Icon Theme. This robust set offers a ream of rounded app icons, all of which adhere to the same ‘squircle’ design.

While this template helps creates a uniform visual consistency it also limits the familiar shapes and designs we’ve come to expect — and indeed like — of apps. VLC is a traffic cone, Clementine is an orange segment, system settings is a cog, etc.

Papirus icon theme is just as comprehensive as Kylin and equally as modern looking. But it eschews the boxy rigidity in favour of form and shape, delivering glyphs that look distinct yet maintain a consistent look and feel overall.

Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu

The icon theme is designed to work with Unity, GNOME, Cinnamon and other GTK+ based desktop environments. A version for KDE users is also available.

You can install the Papirus icons on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and above by running the following commands in a new Terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:papirus/papirus
sudo apt update && sudo apt install papirus-icon-theme

Once all commands have finished up you can go ahead and set the theme using Unity Tweak Tool, which is available to install from Ubuntu Software:

Install Unity Tweak tool from Ubuntu Software