Paper GTK Theme on Linux

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Material themes are one of the most popular themes on Linux. They provide awesome look while providing eye comfort. Paper is another really cool GTK theme for Linux users. This theme features unique window themes, icons and above all, a really cool look.

Let’s install Paper on our favorite Linux distro. You may also be interested in Vimix – another awesome GTK theme.

Prerequisites

In this tutorial, the theme will be built from the source. This way, you can get the latest version of the theme without any trouble. Before installing the theme, you have to prepare your system so that it can properly support the theme.

Run the following command(s) according to your Linux distro.

  • Ubuntu
sudo apt install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf git autoconf
  • Debian
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf git autoconf
  • OpenSUSE
sudo zypper install gtk-murrine-engine gtk2-engines git autoconf
  • Fedora
sudo dnf install gtk-murrine-engine gtk2-engines git autoconf
  • Arch Linux
sudo pacman -S gtk-engine-murrine gtk-engines git autoconf

If your system wasn’t listed here, you should search and install these items for proceeding further – “Git”, “GTK murrine engine”, “GTK engines” and “Autoconf”.

Building the theme from source

After all the dependencies are installed successfully, it’s time to download and build the theme from scratch.

Get the latest code of the theme from GitHub:

git clone https://github.com/snwh/paper-gtk-theme.git

Change the working directory:

cd paper-gtk-theme

Now, the building process begins. Run the “autogen.sh” script. It’ll check your system and generate all the necessary files for the final building process.

./autogen.sh

There’s another script called “configure”. It’s generated by “autogen.sh”. Run this script for finishing what “autogen.sh” started.

./configure

After everything is alright, it’s time to build. Run this command for starting the compilation process:

make

“make” will configure and complete the building process. Now, run this command for installing the theme. It’ll be installed system-wide.

sudo make install

Icon pack

If you want, you can enjoy the awesome icon pack of Paper theme. The process is also the same for building and installing the icon pack. Run these commands for installing the icon pack.

git clone https://github.com/snwh/paper-icon-theme.git
cd paper-icon-theme

./autogen.sh
./configure
make

sudo make install

Enjoy the great, refreshing Paper theme!

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