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Install Paper Icon Theme – A Stylish Linux Theme

Paper Icons is an open-source freedesktop icon theme, in which the design is based around the use of bold colors and simple geometric shapes to compose icons. In addition, each icon has been meticulously designed for pixel-perfect viewing. While it does take some inspiration from the icons in Google’s Material Design, some aspects have been adjusted to better suit a desktop environment. Before we install Paper Icon Theme on Ubuntu, lets take a quick look at its features.

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Paper Icon Theme Features

Icon Set: Since this inspired by Material Design, Paper too is based around the use of bold colors and simple geometric shapes. Each icon has been meticulously designed for pixel-perfect viewing at any size.

Cursors: Supplementary to the icon theme is the Paper cursor theme. It has a geometrically simple style designed to compliment the Paper icons.

Paper Icon Theme Requirements

  • It requires at minimum a GTK 3.16 environment as well as a window manager with client-side decoration support
  • The colorful headerbar style is limited to apps that sport header bars and even then it is limited to a select few apps
  • The GTK2 portion of Paper requires the pixbuf engine gtk2-engine-pixbuf to be installed, hence enabling it to draw most elements.
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How to install Paper Icons Theme on Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/pulp
  • Update repository info & install packages
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install paper-icon-theme paper-gtk-theme paper-cursor-theme

How to uninstall Paper Icons & Theme from Ubuntu

sudo apt-get remove paper-icon-theme paper-gtk-theme paper-cursor-theme

How to install Paper Icon Theme on Debian

sudo dpkg -i paper*.deb
# install dependencies
sudo apt-get install -f

To switch theme to paper icons, install Unity Tweak Tool

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
  • Launch Unity Tweak Tool and change to new theme and icons by going to Appearance, and click on Theme for desktop theme change, as well as Icons for icon changes. These icons are flat hence making it look attractive.

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