Let’s face it, Ubuntu isn’t the prettiest girl on the block. She may have all the ideal features, but she ain’t pretty 💃🏻
In this article, I’m going to show you how you can install themes and customize your PC. This is what I finally ended up with 👇
Why change your theme? 🤔
With theme editing, you will be able to modify your user interface to enhance your productivity. Simple things like having your clock at the right spot or notifications pop up from a certain position of the screen can go a long way in enhancing your productivity.
3. Beauty and Aesthetic
I’m a firm believer in beauty and doing things from your 💜. By editing your theme to your liking, it will inspire you to be able to create extraordinary things
Let’s get to it
This is how your default theme looks like. Not inspiring right? 😐
1. Installing Gnome-Tweak
The first thing to do is to update our local packages then upgrade them to the latest versions. You can do both by running this command:
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Gnome-tweaks will provide us with a user interface that helps us: modify the appearance of our operating system, change font-sizes, customize our keyboard and mouse, amongst other features.
This is the command that lets you install it:
$ sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool
Let’s launch the app 🚀:
2. Install Gnome-Tweaks Extensions
Before we can install the themes, we need a few more things. Those will include extensions for the gnome tweaks.
let’s go to https://extensions.gnome.org/
This ☝️ is where you will be able to get all the gnome extensions. However, you will be met by this 👇error message:
We cannot detect a running copy of GNOME on this system, so some parts of the interface may be disabled. See our troubleshooting entry for more information.
Don’t panic 😌, this can be solved by a matter of installing the gnome chrome extension from this Download Link or install it from the terminal with this command:
$ sudo apt install gnome-shell-extensions
After installing, you will need to restart the gnome-tweaks.
Then after, you will be able to install any extension from the terminal with a simple command. To know which packages are available for installation, we can do a search with this command:
$ sudo apt search gnome-shell-extension
Then install a selected extension e.g:
$ sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-better-volume
After installing the extensions, you will be able to do more customizations with your gnome-tweaks. Here are some of the extensions that we will need:
i. User Themes: This extension will help us load themes from our PC.
Themes are stored in the folder
~/.themes while icons are stored in the
~/.icons folder. Create them if they are not available.
ii. Panel OSD : This extension will help us move the location of our notifications to the bottom right corner, thus reducing destruction from popup notifications.
$ sudo apt search gnome-shell-extension
You can install more extensions at gnome-extensions
3. Installing themes
All the themes and icons can be found at the official gnome-looks site. There are many beautiful themes that you can choose from, however, I will be using my favourite theme (Flat Remix) as a demo to show you how you can install yours.
Select the files section and download one of the packages:
After downloading your theme. Go to this directory:
If the file does not exist, create it.
Copy the downloaded zipped folder from your directory
~/.downloads and unpack it in the folder
~/.themes. Ensure the files are unpacked correctly in such a way like:
Ensuring that after the name of the folder that contains the theme, the
index.themefile can be accessed, otherwise, the theme will not be picked up and thus will not work. Close your gnome-tweak then launch it again(restart).
Let’s go the Appearance section then select on the theme that we had installed. On the shell section, choose one of the options from the theme.
4. Installing icons
After downloading the icons, copy the zipped file to this location:
If the directory doesn’t exist, create it. As before, make sure the files are unpacked correctly.
Restart your gnome-tweaks then on the Appearance section, select the icon theme that you downloaded; in my case, that will be the Flat Remix Icon.
We are almost there 😺
Customizing your Terminal
‘Oh My Zsh will not make you a 10x developer…but you might feel like one.’ — : oh-my-zsh
$ sudo apt install zsh$ sh -c "$(wget https://raw.github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh -O -)"
Now that you have it installed, let’s make it our default terminal. We can do that by running this command:
$ chsh -s $(which zsh)
In order for us to install beautiful fonts 🎨 onto our zsh terminal, we will have to install Powerline fonts. To do so, run this command:
$ sudo apt install fonts-powerline
After installing, let’s change the theme to a more soothing one by agnoster. For this, we will require to edit this file:
$ vi ~/.zshrcThen Edit ZSH_THEME =”robbyrussell” 👉 ZSH_THEME=”agnoster”
After saving your file, reload your terminal to pick up the new updates and you are done. 😍
Just in case you don’t see any of the changes, try to restart your PC. The wallpaper I used can be found at Download Link
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Have fun Theme Editing, and feel free to share your final results 😀