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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 3.12.



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 -… and install the package gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colors via the distro's package manager.

Arch Linux users can install Elegance Colors from aur -…

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,

sudo make install

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

Also install the User Theme Extension for Gnome Shell…


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,


To set the theme, run the following commands,

gsettings set 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.



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/



Code and documentation:…

Bugs and feature requests:…


Credits: Thanks to Alin Andrei and Brian Bentsen for their valuable suggestions and testing.


License: GPL-3.0+
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Noitatsidem Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Do you plan on updating for GNOME 3.14?
satya164 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. But still waiting for the update :(
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 ;)
satya164 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The GIT version already supports 3.14. I'll do a release soon.
Noitatsidem Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
That's awesome, I might have to reinstall gnome-shell sometime soon. (using E19 currently)
satya164 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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 
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? (, CentOS 7, GNOME 3.8.4)
satya164 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to install Murrine theme engine.
Chris54721 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
That worked :D Thanks and keep up with the good work!
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