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gnome themes linuxMake your Linux desktop look great. If you’re sick of the default style that comes with your distribution you’ll find a variety of alternative styles for Gnome from the Bisigi Project. This collection of high-quality Gnome themes means you don’t have to spend time digging through low-quality looks to find the one you want.

Bisigi is a project “born from the desire to improve the visual appearance of Ubuntu” but their themes work in most Linux distros. Featuring themes from a variety of artists, Bisigi is a collection of only good-looking themes that work for older versions of Gnome, as well as Ubuntu’s Unity. Users of Gnome Shell should check out these Gnome Shell themes Top 5 Gnome Shell Themes For You To Install [Linux] Top 5 Gnome Shell Themes For You To Install [Linux] Even since before Gnome Shell's official release, people have been hard at work creating some interesting themes for the new desktop environment. Changing themes in Gnome Shell isn't hard thanks to some nice configuration tools... Read More  instead.

Whatever your Gnome-based distro of choice is, you’ll probably find a theme you like from Bisigi. I tried all of these themes out on my Ubuntu system, and in my opinion they all work really well.

Check Out These Awesome Themes

With a look inspired by retro airlines, the Airline theme gives your computer an adventurous feel.

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See the cool wallpaper that comes with this theme? It changes based on the time of day. Most of the themes come with a wallpaper. If one you install does, you should see a notice like this when you enable the theme:


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Click it and you’ll have your matching wallpaper.

Looking for something a bit more colorful? Aquadreams offers a lime feel for your desktop:

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Some may find this cartoony, but others will love the fun feeling this brings to the desktop.

Looking for something soft? Ellena is a great way to go. This theme is quite unique in the Linux world:

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Desktop interfaces tend to be hard, so it’s nice to have a softer option.

Orange is a very cool theme. With its neon wallpaper and its understated window widgets, Orange is sure to be the favorite of many:

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Wish Ubuntu felt like Ubuntu did five years ago, with it’s orange colour scheme and African-influenced artwork? I highly recommend you check out Ubuntu Sunrise. This theme captures a lot of what used to be great about Ubuntu’s look:

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These are the highlight themes in my mind, but feel free to check out the rest of the Bisigi themes. You might find something even better!

Installing The Themes

Ready to install these themes on your system and try them out? Awesome! There are great instructions for installing these themes on a number of different Linux systems. Find those installation instructions here. The instructions go through getting these themes installed on Ubuntu, Arch, Frugalware and Madriva. Users of other distros can find the source files, if they are adventurous.

Installed themes can be enabled in the “Appearance” menu in Gnome.


Tweaking the look of your operating system is part of what makes Linux fun, and Bisigi is a pretty impressive collection of looks. Do you have any favourites in this collection? Let us know in the comments below. Also feel free to point out any superior themes, because we always love hearing your opinion.

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  1. Good Hotel Guide
    December 4, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Absolutely lovely. Excellent list... I love Orange. Thank you for sharing.

    • jhpot
      December 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Orange is pretty great. Enjoy!

  2. Eversfield Organic
    December 1, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Nice themes, man! Thanks for posting.

    • jhpot
      December 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks for reading our articles. I hope your computer looks great now.

  3. Marcus
    September 16, 2011 at 6:54 am

    You should clearly state that these themes are primarily meant to be used with Unity, not GNOME(3).

    • jhpot
      September 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      You should read the second paragraph of the article. 

  4. Bla
    September 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

    nvm i read the part that they work for unity

  5. Bla
    September 16, 2011 at 12:13 am

    is this gnome or unity? looks exactly like unity...