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Greybird - GTK3 Theme by satya164 Greybird - GTK3 Theme by satya164
Greybird is the default theme in Xubuntu since 11.04 (Natty Narwhal).

The Greybird desktop suite includes:
  • GTK2 theme

  • GTK3 theme

  • Xfwm4 themes (normal and compact)

  • xfce-notifyd theme

  • Emerald theme

  • Metacity theme

  • Mutter theme

  • Unity support

Installation instructions for Ubuntu:

Ubuntu users can install Greybird using the following commands,

sudo apt-get install shimmer-themes

Installation Instructions for other distros:

Extract the zip file to the themes directory i.e. </code>/usr/share/themes/</code>

To set the theme in Gnome, run the following commands in Terminal,

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme "Greybird"
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme "Greybird"

To set the theme in Xfce, run the following commands in Terminal,

xfconf-query -c xsettings -p /Net/ThemeName -s "Greybird"
xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/theme -s "Greybird"

Copyright 2009–2012 Simon Steinbeiß and Satyajit Sahoo

License: GPLv2 or later and CC-BY-SA 3.0 or later

Bugs: Please report bugs here…

Changelog: Full changelog can be found here…
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Sadi58 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
The Best Theme for Ubuntu 14.04!

Even better than the official default theme Ambiance which has a number of imperfections that you cannot find in Greybird!

I also look forward to seeing a Dark variant in the near future (replacing only all silver grey bgcolors with a very dark grey -similar to Ambiance- and black fgcolors with white) which can be a direct replacement for Ambiance ;-)
satya164 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A fully dark theme?
elgandoz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Is there a way to make the Unity panel black, with white foreground text, just like in xfce?
satya164 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's black in the latest version. Use the version from the repos.
Lesik2008 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
The window decoration buttons looks bad for maximized windows – see
satya164 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aware of the issue. Probably we need to change the panel color on Unity.
Skrell Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
This looks amazing!  Do you have any more pics ?
satya164 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can try the theme and see :)
rcastill Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Hello Satya!,you are amazing doing this stuff and I liked greybird  and numix so much, now I'm on greybird, the only "issue" that I can tell is when I'm clicking on topbar icons (white in transparent dark background) they still white, but the clock and global menu turns black like it'd must (I think)... So, do this have any fix or something I could do?

PD: Sorry if my english is kinda "monkeyish"


satya164 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm.. Can you report the bug on GitHub? It'll be really helpful -…
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