There are number of themes available for the Linux system. Those themes change the look and feel of our system and it’s important if you feel that your system is just dull and pale. There are a number of themes available for your system like Evopop, Paper, and Canta etc.

Like changing the look of the system, you can also change the look of all the apps by applying various icon theme packs. Changing the icons is also a nice way of refreshment. Today, let’s take a look at the cool-looking Papirus icon theme.

Downloading Papirus icon theme

  • Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:papirus/papirus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install papirus-icon-theme
  • Debian and Debian-derivatives
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/papirus/papirus/ubuntu xenial main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/papirus-ppa.list"
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com E58A9D36647CAE7F
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install papirus-icon-theme
  • Universal method

This method will work for all the Linux distros. That’s why we’ll be following this method today to install the icon pack. Run the following command:

# Installing under ROOT directory (recommended)
wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/papirus-icon-theme/master/install.sh | sh
# HOME directory for GTK
wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/papirus-icon-theme/master/install.sh | DESTDIR="$HOME/.local/share/icons" sh
# For BSD systems
wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/papirus-icon-theme/master/install.sh | DESTDIR="/usr/local/share/icons" sh
# Uninstall the icon
wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/papirus-icon-theme/master/uninstall.sh | sh
# Note that for Qt4 apps, you need to have "libqt4-svg" for proper working with the theme

Enabling the theme

Once the download is complete, you can easily activate the theme directly on your system. Depending on each distro, the method varies. However, just look out for “Appearance” or “Theme” in your system settings. You should come up with a similar option.

Activating Papirus on XFCE

Voila! Papirus theme is activated!

If you need any further in-depth assistance or more configuration ability, don’t forget to check out the GitHub Papirus icon theme page!

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