How To Install The Arc GTK Theme & Icons On Ubuntu 18.04

We can install an ARC GTK theme and icons on ubuntu 16.06 / 18.04 /19.10 using the repository. We have to install ARC darker theme using the command line. Let’s see, how to install the ARC GTK theme.

How To Install Arc GTK Theme and Icons On Ubuntu  

We can install the arc theme using the different methods on the ubuntu machine. We will show you the three different methods to install it.

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Method 1: We can install using the single command on the Ubuntu machine. 

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt update
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt install arc-theme

Once it’s installed, you can check the location of the packages. 

Run the below command to open the gnome-tweaks where you can see this theme in the appearance as shown in the figure. 

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo gnome-tweaks

arc gtk theme

Method 2: we have to manually download the packages and install them using the source code. We will install the dependencies on the machine. 

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt install git libgtk-3-dev automake autoconf gtk2-engines-pixbuf

When all the dependencies are installed. we will install git and clone the arc-theme repository.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt install git -y
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ git clone https://github.com/horst3180/arc-theme --depth 1
Cloning into 'arc-theme'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 900, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (900/900), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (704/704), done.
remote: Total 900 (delta 291), reused 726 (delta 167), pack-reused 0
Receiving objects: 100% (900/900), 815.71 KiB | 115.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (291/291), done.

Once you have cloned the repository using the above link. we need to build and install the theme using the following commands.

cd /arc-theme
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr
sudo make install

After the installation, the theme can be activated using gnome-tweak-tool and you will see the arc, arc dark, and arc darker theme available.

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If you have used –disable-transparency option, you will get the theme like Arc-Solid, Arc-Dark-Solid, and Arc-Darker-Solid.

Uninstall the Arc Theme:

Use the below commands to uninstall this theme. if you don’t like it.

sudo make uninstall
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/{Arc,Arc-Darker,Arc-Dark}

Method 3: Install using the noobslab repository. This will install the arc darker theme.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install arc-theme

Install Arc icons using the below commands. 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install arc-icons

Once you have installed the above packages. We need to have a tweak tool installed on the ubuntu machine to change the theme.

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Open the Tweak tool and select your theme and icons as shown in the below image. 

arc theme repository

Now we can see the theme and icons have changed.

arc theme ubuntu 18.04 install

That’s it.

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