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Give Your Linux Desktop a Fresh Look with the Canta Theme

canta gtk theme with rounded corners

If your current Ubuntu desktop is looking a little dark or a little dated why not give it a bit of a refresh?

And the perfect choice to help you give your desktop a fresh new look is the Canta theme by serial theme maker Vince Liuice (of Vimix theme fame).

Like the (admittedly rather marmiteArrongin GTK theme we showed you last week, the Canta theme has a unique look that helps make it truly standout:

canta gtk theme

Yes, it’s a flat theme with color accents. Yes, it’s inspired by Google’s material design. And, yes, it uses macOS style traffic lights window controls.

Yet, despite the familiar riffs, Canta stands apart.

It looks quite unlike anything else.

Hey, I was sold at a GTK theme with rounded corners!

Canta is based on the Materia GTK theme (which most material-inspired GTK themes use as a base).

The relative drawback to most themes based on a strict design brief like Google’s Material Design is one of sameness; if you’ve seen one material design theme, you’ve pretty much seen ’em all.

And yet Canta manages to feel entirely fresh.

Works best with GNOME Shell, but works elsewhere too

Canta is sumptuously well suited to the GNOME Shell desktop thanks to the inclusions of matching GNOME Shell user theme. When working together this pair of themes offer a light, bright and airy look to the GNOME shell desktop.

That said Canta does support other Linux desktop environments too, including Unity, Budgie and MATE.

Download Canta Theme

canta gtk theme dark, dark harder, light

Canta is available in dark header bar, light header bar, mixed, and in compact versions too, so you’re pretty much spoilt for choice.

You can download the Canta theme GNOME Look and install manually.

Download Canta theme from GNOME-Look

I recommend you grab a Canta theme .zip from Github, extract, and run the ./ script inside. You’ll even find the wallpaper used in these screenshots in the extracted folder too.

Download Canta GTK theme from Github


To change GTK theme on Ubuntu with GNOME or Unity desktop you have to use a ‘tweak’ utility like Unity Tweak Tool or GNOME Tweaks, both are available to install from Ubuntu Software.

To use GNOME Shell themes you need to install the ‘user themes’ extension from the GNOME extensions website, and then apply the theme using GNOME Tweaks > Appearance > Shell Theme.

Is Canta worthy of inclusion on our list of the best GTK themes for Ubuntu? Let us know in the comments below. 

Thanks Heimen S.