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How To Install the Adapta GTK Theme on Ubuntu

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Adapta with the Papirus GTK Icon Set

Adapta is one of the most popular GTK themes available for Linux — and yet we’ve never written about it.

Not even once.

Inspired by many of the screenshots you posted in our ‘Show Us Your Ubuntu Desktop‘ thread, and spurred by its latest release, I felt it time to give the Adapta theme a little OMG! love.

Material Inspired Theme

The theme is heavily inspired by Google’s Material Design language. If you’re not a fan of its shadow-heavy look then you probably won’t be a fan of this theme either.

Adapta is an open-source theme and is available in two distinct versions (similar to Arc and Arc Darker): regular Adapta and a half-dark/half-light Adapta-Nokto variant.

If you’re going to be using this theme with the Unity desktop you don’t need to worry about which you use as they look identical. You will notice a difference in Cinnamon, GNOME Shell or Budgie.

Which brings me onto a really awesome point: Adapta works just dandy with pretty much every modern desktop environment, including Unity 7, GNOME Shell, Budgie and Cinnamon.

Install Adapta GTK Theme on Ubuntu

adapta theme widgets

To install the Adapta GTK theme on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 16.10 or 17.04 run the following commands in a new Terminal  window:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:tista/adapta
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install adapta-gtk-theme

To change GTK theme on Ubuntu you need to use a utility like Unity Tweak Tool, which is available to install for free from the Ubuntu Software app.

Click to install Unity Tweak Tool