Change Install Theme in Kali Linux – GTK 3 themes

Choice B: Install theme via PPA repository

This is more automated and you can install and remove theme via apt-get command. It got it’s perks and for many users this is a preferred option. Ubuntu or Linux Mint uses this options extensively and I don’t see why you can’t leverage this.

To change and install theme in Kali Linux via PPA repository, you need to have add-apt-repository package installed. If you haven’t got it already, please follow the guide on iinstalling PPA repository add-apt-repository in Kali Linux. Following instructions are based on the assumption that you have add-apt-repository installed and working.

Step B.1: Install gnome-tweak-tool in Kali Linux

To install themes manually, we need to install a tool called Gnome Tweak Tool. But before you do that, please ensure you have the correct Kali Repositories added. You can follow my guide on adding official repositories in Kali Linux.

At this point I would assume you have the correct repositories added. So just type in the following command to install gnome-tweak-tool.

root@kali:~# apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Step B.2: Add a PPA repository for themes

You can add PPA repository from http://www.noobslab.com/. I’ve decided on Mac OS X Lion Theme from their website.

To add PPA repository, type in the following command in your terminal:

root@kali:/usr/sbin# /usr/sbin/add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes

Please refer to PPA repository add-apt-repository in Kali Linux guide if you’re not sure how to.
A quick rundown of the commands are below, you need to use the code from Step 2 in PPA repository add-apt-repository in Kali Linux

root@kali:~# cd /usr/sbin
root@kali:/usr/sbin# vi add-apt-repository
root@kali:/usr/sbin# chmod o+x /usr/sbin/add-apt-repository 
root@kali:/usr/sbin# chown root:root /usr/sbin/add-apt-repository
root@kali:/usr/sbin# /usr/sbin/add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes

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Once added you need to update Package Manager.

root@kali:~# apt-get update

Step B.3: Install theme from PPA Repository

Issue the following command to install Mac OS X Lion Theme in Kali Linux. .

root@kali:~# apt-get install mac-os-lion-theme-v2

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Noobslab also offers custom icons, so you can also install those if you feel like:

root@kali:~# apt-get install mac-os-lion-icons-v2

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Step B.4: Change theme in Kali Linux

Open Gnome Tweak Tool again from Applications > System Tools > Preferences > Advanced Settings and select Theme TAB.

Select Mac OS X Lion Theme and close Gnome Tweak Tool window.

There you go, now you have Mac OS X Lion Theme and icons in Kali Linux.

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Step B.5: Removing theme in Kali Linux

If you want to roll back your changes, first of all you need to select the another theme. You can just change settings in Gnome Tweak Tool Theme tab (See screenshot from Step A.2) and select the default settings.

Once you have reverted back, just remove the theme and icons using apt-get

root@kali:~# apt-get remove mac-os-lion-theme-v2
root@kali:~# apt-get remove mac-os-lion-icons-v2

Here’s a complete list of Theme’s and Icons that you can try to install from nooslab website via apt-get install theme-name.

http://www.noobslab.com/2011/11/themes-collection-for-ubuntu-1110-unity.html

Nice and easy. You can try as many themes you want in this way.

Step B.6: More cleaning up and options to explore

Last but not the least, you should cleanup your /etc/apt/sources.list file and remove any unused entries. I suggest to revert back to Official Kali Linux repository always.

Here’s a screenshot of my Kali Linux installation after I’ve installed MAC OSX Lion theme and icons. 12-Change-Install-Theme-in-Kali-Linux-GTK-3-themes-blackMORE-Ops

Conclusion

Theme is nice, theme is elegant, they are an eye candy. Some theme’s are not that good, some are really good. It is up to the user what they want. Personally, I just install XFCE and get it over with Themes totally as I prefer a lighter and faster Desktop in my Laptop.

In my Desktop Workstation, I use KDE Plasma Desktop which is possibly the best and offers most features including themes, cursors, icons etc. including a nice addons to monitor temperature and fan speed for my AMD ATI Graphics card. The possibilities are endless and you will find your one in there.

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23 comments

  1. WOW…..An awesome description….THNX

  2. You are a grate teacher. Tnx a lot

  3. I haven’t been able to get any window themes to work. Cupertino & Ambiance/Radiance work when I select them in the GTK+ theme tab, but when I select them from the “window” tab, it doesn’t change anything.

    Any ideas on that? Maybe some kind of other engine or dependency is missing?

    • @London
      I’ve got the exact same issue on Kali.
      I believe that the problem stems from being in fallback mode of Gnome

    • The metacity is broken in some of these, just browse metacity styles on gnome look and unpack put in themes it will work

  4. The theme that I downloaded does not show up in the menu. Something wrong?

  5. When i adding official repositories in Kali Linux and then apt-get update i get this
    W: GPG error: http://repo.kali.org kali-bleeding-edge Release: The following signatures were invalid: KEYEXPIRED 1425567400 KEYEXPIRED 1425567400 KEYEXPIRED 1425567400
    W: GPG error: http://http.kali.org kali-dev Release: The following signatures were invalid: KEYEXPIRED 1425567400 KEYEXPIRED 1425567400 KEYEXPIRED 1425567400
    W: GPG error: http://security.kali.org kali/updates Release: The following signatures were invalid: KEYEXPIRED 1425567400 KEYEXPIRED 1425567400 KEYEXPIRED 1425567400
    W: GPG error: http://http.kali.org kali Release: The following signatures were invalid: KEYEXPIRED 1425567400 KEYEXPIRED 1425567400 KEYEXPIRED 1425567400
    W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://security.kali.org/kali-security/ kali/updates/main amd64 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/security.kali.org_kali-security_dists_kali_updates_main_binary-amd64_Packages)
    W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://security.kali.org/kali-security/ kali/updates/contrib amd64 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/security.kali.org_kali-security_dists_kali_updates_contrib_binary-amd64_Packages)
    W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://security.kali.org/kali-security/ kali/updates/non-free amd64 Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/security.kali.org_kali-security_dists_kali_updates_non-free_binary-amd64_Packages)

    and then i tryed apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool and got a bigger error lol im a noob plz help i add other repositories to get dhcp going as well.

  6. Thanks for your ansewer dam another reinstall i wanted dhcp-server to work so bad so i could use easy-creds i wacthed a youtube clip i didnt know it would make it unstabe using these repo Bleeding Edge and 3rd party.

  7. If i install your repo would i be able to dhcp-server?? when i used repo Bleeding Edge and 3rd party. i was ab;e to install isc-dhcp-server But after i installed it i starting having new issiues it wouldnt even let me install firefox simple things just wouldnt work but it gave me isc-dhcp-server

  8. I reinstall kali and used your repo and installed gnome-tweak-tool thanks!! it worked but now i want to install mac-os-lion-theme-v2 when i tryed i got this.
    root@makaveli:~# apt-get install mac-os-lion-icons-v2
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package mac-os-lion-icons-v2
    What did i do wrong?? i was able to install Cupertino.

  9. yahoo….i have done it…..Thanks for this post coz it’s help me… :)

  10. How in the world do you find the file name to download? when I go to gnome-look they are using some PHP to do it, and please forgive the nooob who is truly brand new at using this beast. . . i always have to get the computer looking right before I can spend further hours delving its depths.

  11. Hello i got this message at step B2.2 ! checked my internet , everything is fine :/

    gpg: requesting key F59EAE4D from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
    gpg: requesting key F0B5D826 from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
    gpg: keyserver timed out
    gpg: keyserver receive failed: keyserver error

  12. Good day!
    I want to install http://www.ravefinity.com/p/download-ambiance-radiance-flat-colors.html
    What version should I install?

  13. It hasnt been working with Kali Linux 2.0. Is it possible?

  14. Hey BlackMoreOps!! You know what you should REALLY do? You should throw some more plugins for ads on your site. It’s not quite completely ruining the user’s experience, pretty damn close though. Jesus….even scrolling through the damn page is ridiculous.

  15. Sir i am not able to change default cursor theme in kali :( even i have a different cursor package installed on it

  16. This doesen’t say at all how to install theme! Remove the fucking tutorial or change the topic ffs ! (I hate when i get to pages who does not belong to the actual search im looking for “HOW TO INSTALL GTK THEME”)

  17. alert(“XSS”);

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