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Gnome Shell - Elegance Colors by satya164 Gnome Shell - Elegance Colors by satya164
Elegance Colors is a highly customizable chameleon theme for Gnome Shell. It can change colors according to the current GTK theme, current wallpaper (uses imagemagick to get color) or use a user defined color.

Currently Elegance Colors supports Gnome Shell 3.6 to 3.14.

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Installation:


Ubuntu users can install Elegance Colors from our themes PPA using the following commands,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colors

Fedora and OpenSUSE users can add the appropriate repo from opensuse build service - download.opensuse.org/reposito… and install the package gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colors via the distro's package manager.

Arch Linux users can install Elegance Colors from aur - aur.archlinux.org/packages/gno…

If you use another distro, you need to compile from source. This is needed for the GUI.

Don't worry, it is easy and straight forward.

You need to install the build-dependencies first (package names may vary depending on your distro),

glib2-devel gtk3-devel vala

Extract the archive, navigate to the directory and type the following commands in a terminal,

make
sudo make install

To derive color from wallpaper, you need to install ImageMagick.

Also install the User Theme Extension for Gnome Shell extensions.gnome.org/extension…

Setup:


A process runs in background which detects changes, generates the theme and reloads the theme accordingly. After installation, you must run the following command to start the background process,

elegance-colors

To set the theme, run the following commands,

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.user-theme name 'elegance-colors'

You can launch the GUI from the menu which lets you customise various aspects of the the theme. You can also export your customized theme, import/export settings from the GMenu. Click on the title in the Gnome Shell top bar to get the GMenu.

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Troubleshooting:



It is recommended to stop any previous instances of elegance-colors when updating to a new version. You can kill running processes of elegance-colors with the command,

killall elegance-colors

To view any error messages produced, run the process in Terminal,

elegance-colors start

To manually apply changes, run,

elegance-colors apply

If your theme fails to apply after an upgrade, it is likely that the config file doesn't include new options. To update the config file, run,

elegance-colors update

To export the theme, run,

elegance-colors export /path/to/themefile.zip

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Code:



Code and documentation: github.com/satya164/elegance-c…

Bugs and feature requests: github.com/satya164/elegance-c…

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Credits: Thanks to Alin Andrei www.webupd8.org and Brian Bentsen bimsebasse.deviantart.com/ for their valuable suggestions and testing.

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License: GPL-3.0+
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:icongfandrea:
gfandrea Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Hi!
I can't compile your theme from AUR and also from your zip. here the message:

[gfandreaPortatile elegance-colors-master]$ make
valac --pkg gtk+-3.0 elegance-colors-prefs.vala -o elegance-colors-prefs
error: Esecuzione del processo figlio "cc" non riuscita (File o directory non esistente)
Compilation failed: 1 error(s), 0 warning(s)
Makefile:14: set di istruzioni per l'obiettivo "elegance-colors-prefs" non riuscito
make: *** [elegance-colors-prefs] Errore 1

I am using ArchLinux with gnome 3.14.3
Thanks!
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:iconyaraguldeng:
yaraguldenG Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student
me dice lo mismo :(
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:iconmadmanrb:
MadmanRB Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
this is really neat, I normally hate gnome shell but this helps give it more a personal flair
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:iconthelame22:
thelame22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey !
Is it nomal that menu items in terminal (for exemple) are highlited in blue if I have choose a Grey and Red preset ?
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Terminal uses GTK theme, not the GNOME Shell theme.
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webflashing Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Hi! Im pretty new to Linux so I wanted to ask you: I managed to use this theme as Shell Theme, which is really pretty btw, congratz. But is it possible to use it as GTK+ theme too? I noticed that in the mid photo, your Elegance Color Preferences app has style in the menus, which I haven't been able to achieve. (I installed it from the PPA)

Thanks!
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The screenshot is using the GTK theme "Numix" - numixproject.org/
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:iconeyeofdevil:
eyeofdevil Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  New member
Hey dude, can you make some settings files for this please?
Also if possible, can you make a version of the Numix settings, but with a whitish translucent color? kinda like, retain these (the underlines indicating active) but so that it look more like "Clear"
Thanks and great theme/tool btw
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:iconrayzz7:
rayzz7 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  New member
Any ideas on how to make my terminal background transparent? (Everything else looks amazing....)
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:iconeyeofdevil:
eyeofdevil Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  New member
I use XGTK as my gtk theme, and In the code I notices a line like:
/*  Snippet  */
TerminalWindow.background {
    background-color: alpha(white, 0.4);
}
/* End Snippet */
That seems to make it translucent. I'm on GNOME 3.12 btw and I have Murrine, Oxygen and Pixbuf GTK2 engines installed, and it only works with these installed I think.
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:iconchris54721:
Chris54721 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
I just reinstalled CentOS and I can't compile the theme now. In the previous install it worked perfectly, but now the Vala compiler fails: pastebin.com/7N7bzfnY
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What;s our GTK version?
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:iconalxcornell:
aLxCorNeLL Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Hey man any word on a fully working fedy for fedora 21? Thanks for this amazing tool.
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It supports Fedora 21. Just use the installer on the homepage.
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:iconalxcornell:
aLxCorNeLL Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Last time I tried it gave me a bunch of errors and it didn't install google chrome, java, infinality for the font improvements and many more.
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I had updated it yesterday. Try again. If you get any error, reach me at satyajit.happy@gmail.com
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:iconalxcornell:
aLxCorNeLL Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thanks man I'll give a try later today.
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool :)
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:iconjoshthatonebrony:
JoshThatOneBrony Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014   Artist
How do I uninstall it?
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you install?
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:iconjoshthatonebrony:
JoshThatOneBrony Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014   Artist
Through the Terminal
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Obviously, but what command did you use?
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:iconjoshthatonebrony:
JoshThatOneBrony Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Artist
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colors
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sudo apt-get purge gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colors
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:iconjoshthatonebrony:
JoshThatOneBrony Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014   Artist
Thank.

It was awesome btw, my computer just isn't good enough to handle all the customization I had on it. I don't want you to think that I didn't like Elegance colors.
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No issues. Thanks :D
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:iconurosk2:
urosk2 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
[ERR  20:01:37] Failed to initialize module
dfg@njdfg:~$ elegance-colors apply
[ERR  20:01:38] Failed to initialize module
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What is your GNOME Shell version?
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:iconpzientar:
pzientar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Any chances for upgrade to 3.14?
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's already supported.
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:iconpzientar:
pzientar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Thanks :)
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:iconcbowman57:
cbowman57 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Might want to update the description.  =)

Still states this: "Currently Elegance Colors supports Gnome Shell 3.6 to 3.12."
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Thanks :D
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:iconcbowman57:
cbowman57 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
I know it's just one of the thousands of things you need to worry about.  =)
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconyankees3028:
Yankees3028 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Opensuse repos not up to date to install elegance colors on 13.2. Is there any other way to install it on Opensuse? Thanks for any help!
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:iconyankees3028:
Yankees3028 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gnome 3.14 by the way.
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:icongauravdighe:
gauravdighe Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  New member
I am using it with Fedora 20 and installed using Fedy. How to make the upper panel transparent?
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In the color picker, there is a slider for transparency.
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:iconnoitatsidem:
Noitatsidem Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Do you plan on updating for GNOME 3.14?
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. But still waiting for the update :(
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:icongutigen:
gutigen Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2014
Gnome 3.14 for Ubuntu Gnome 14.10 looks solid, ergo I need your theme, right now! :P

Keep up great work man, like always ;)
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The GIT version already supports 3.14. I'll do a release soon.
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:iconnoitatsidem:
Noitatsidem Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
That's awesome, I might have to reinstall gnome-shell sometime soon. (using E19 currently)
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
\o/
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:iconunborn2010:
unborn2010 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Hi satya164. Can you share some theme file config? I'm new at Linux so manything i don't know for config 
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:iconchris54721:
Chris54721 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Another question: it looks like some parts of the GUI aren't themed. Are they just not yet implemented or it's a problem with my install? (imgur.com/jLKD3ZD, CentOS 7, GNOME 3.8.4)
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:iconsatya164:
satya164 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to install Murrine theme engine.
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:iconchris54721:
Chris54721 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
That worked :D Thanks and keep up with the good work!
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:iconchris54721:
Chris54721 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
I installed the theme on CentOS 7 (running GNOME Shell 3.8.4) by compiling from source. Everything is fine (I'm also using Numix) except for the title bar buttons which aren't centered. Here's what it looks like: imgur.com/tznyUiu Do you have any solutions to this?
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