Elementary Icon Pack in GNOME

Elementary Icons

When Ubuntu started using Unity as the default desktop, I decided to install GNOME from your PPA. So the first thing I did was look for an icon pack that was more in line with my style. It is in that moment that I met Elementary Icons: a pack with icons that are very pleasing to the eye.


Then I migrated to Arch Linux and one of the first things i did was download that same icon pack and install it on the system. To do this, it is necessary to download it from DeviantArt, copy it into a folder that I will indicate later and finally using gnome-tweak-tool, set it as icon theme.

Let's do it.

  1. Download the package Elementary Icons from DeviantArt by following the link.
  2. Unzip it using your favorite compression / decompression tool. I used the File Roller Manager.
    If you are in Arch you can install it using the following command.
    sudo pacman -S file-roller
  3. In your home create the directory .icons. You can do it using the following command, if you are at home:
    mkdir .icons
  4. Copy the unzipped icon theme folder to this directory.
  5. To activate the theme you need the GNOME Tweak Tool, also known as the Tweak Tool, which you can install with the following command (on Arch Linux):
    sudo pacman -S gnome-tweak-tool
  6. Then run this tool by searching for it within the GNOME applications list or by running in the console:
  7. In the left column select "Theme" and inside, in the "Icon Theme" option mark "Elementary".

With this we already have the theme Elementary posted on our desk GNOME. It should be noted that this method should work to install any similar icon pack, which you can find in DeviantArt.

I hope this little tip has been useful to you. As always, with any questions, comments or suggestions I wait for you in the comments.

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  1.   James said

    The AUR elementary-icons package doesn't work for you? In XFCE, by installing that package, you can choose elementary in the configuration program.

    1.    sanhuesoft said

      That is another installation method for the elementary pack for those who don't like to use the AUR. In GNOME you would have to use gnome-tweak-tool anyway to choose it as the icon theme. Regards and thanks for commenting.

      1.    James said

        Aha, I was saying it in case you didn't know the package, because you mention that to install Gnome on Ubuntu you went to the PPA instead of downloading the sources and so on.

        As for the rest of the programs, whoever wants to use this icon theme I recommend using the packages available in the repos (or the AUR in this case) instead of manually installing things. Minimum because these packages are usually maintained and in case of new updates launching packer or yaourt or another manager with support for AUR is done, if not you have to manually repeat the operation.

        1.    sanhuesoft said

          When I have editor permissions (if I stay when the "applications" open) I will add the alternative via AUR for those who use yaourt. Regards and thanks for commenting.

        2.    sanhuesoft said

          It should be noted that this package is not updated that often anyway, so it is not soooo necessary to have the ability to update, although it is always positive

  2.   Windowsero said


    Linuxeros with chili in the ass in 3,2,1 ...

  3.   sieg84 said

    a change will come in handy.

  4.   James said

    Haha, man, it's not like that, right?

    The market share thing for sure, I don't know to what extent Linux on desktop PCs is doing well (for standard users, it is luxurious for me); I still think that it takes more work to give things that work, period, without having to configure shit because someone did not do their job well (and I use Arch but I speak about Ubuntu, Fedora, etc. in Arch more). In general, there is a lack of QA in the distros in my opinion (in particular also, you have to learn to do devs things well, or they are done well and not done: D).

    The profit ... I doubt it there, look at Linux and its distros, even though they are free, most of them have behind companies that live off the support they offer to third parties; And 20 years is a lot of years huh! (Besides Windows 8 I think it's been around for a year or so).

    And what about satisfied users ... ui ui ui, that's where the thing will go: D. Windows 8 received a lot of criticism for the change of interface and others, unhappy people are (and there were) at shovel point. Also with how well they were (Windows XP -> Windows 7 has noticed a _great_ improvement in stability and security, I no longer remember the blue screens or viruses that compromised the entire system) they go and screw it up with some shitty drivers (* coff * Wireless from Intel * coff *) leaving users who a priori may be satisfied with the system in shit because their balls are swollen.

    1.    James said

      Shit ... the comment was an answer to Windowsero ...

      1.    sanhuesoft said

        I think that many times GNU / Linux is criticized for mediocre distributions like Ubuntu. It is also obvious that Windows will have a greater market share if they force it on you when you buy a notebook or a computer.

        1.    James said

          Yes, of course, it is that tradition is tradition and when people go to buy a new computer in large stores, what they find is PCs with pre-installed Windows.

          Personally, most of the people I know do not know what Linux is about nor are they interested in knowing, some believe that it is tremendously complicated, others say that "it sucks" because they cannot play games or have iTunes, etc. When in fact many of them for what they do with their machines, any system that has Internet access and in which you can watch videos (roughly) is enough.

          And that's without putting ideological issues in the way ... if you start talking about freedoms, others will already look at you with a strange face: D. What freedoms yes, but as you want to change something in a program, no matter how much you have the source code, you can see them to do what you want.

          And we get off topic: D! The icon pack is very good, there were times when I didn't quite like the folder icons and some others I think I remember, but right now this is the theme I use.

          Faience is not bad either but ... there is something there that does not convince me, perhaps that there are no default options to choose status icons for dark or light settings, if the club does not think about usability haha.

          1.    sanhuesoft said

            When I entered the University I started to use GNU / Linux again, because before I had been for at least a year using only Windows 7. My friends looked at me like a weirdo, because they could not understand that a computer works without Windows. So I asked one of my closest friends what he used the computer for, and he pointed out how you well say that to surf the internet, some elementary office automation and basic multimedia (listening to music, watching videos, etc). For those days he was very overwhelmed with Windows because it was very slow and he was very angry with him.

            I offered him to try Ubuntu, which was a very intuitive and relatively good distribution to start in the world of GNU / Linux, and that when he had any questions he had me to solve his problems. Short story, today you could not be happier with your notebook, it works wonderfully (even though it has an ATI) and it can do everything it used to do in Windows but without so many problems. This is how I showed him that GNU / LInux was nothing from another planet and that anyone with the desire could use it.

            Very few understand freedoms, I consider it to be very good because although one often does not have experiences with all languages, there is a large community reviewing the source codes so that the programs do not violate these freedoms.

            I really like the theme, I spent a good time using Faenza and then Faience, but I ended up getting bored with that monotonous format with pure square icons. Elementary is all I can ask for, at least in GNOME-Shell it's great.

            Greetings from Chile my dear!