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How to install the Flatery icon theme on Linux

Flatery is a new icon theme (currently in Beta) that showcases beautiful flat design. If you love icon themes like Papirus, Paper, and others, you should check out Flatery too! Here’s how to get it working on Linux!

Downloading Flatery on Linux 

The Flatery icon theme is available to all Linux users through the Gnome-look.org theme website, as well as on GitHub, as source files. In this guide, we’ll focus on Gnome-look, as it is the most user-friendly way to download the icon files. To download a copy of the Flatery icon theme for your Linux PC, do the following.

First, head over to the Flatery icon theme page on Gnome-look.org. Once there, find the “Files” tab, and click on it with the mouse. After clicking on the “Files” tab, you will notice 11 download choices. Look through the 11 download choices until you’ve found the one you like. Then, click on the blue button in the “DL” column to download the icons to your Linux PC.

Extracting Flatery on Linux

Icon themes on Linux only work if they are in a folder with the icon’s name. As a result, we must extract the contents of the Flatery icon theme archive downloaded from Gnome-look.org, before attempting to install the theme on your Linux PC.

To start the extraction, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Once the terminal window is open, follow the extraction commands outlined below that correspond with the theme pack you have downloaded to your Linux PC.

First, CD into the “Downloads” directory where your icon files were extracted.

cd ~/Downloads

Traditional Flatery icons

To extract the traditional Flatery icons on Linux, run the following command.

tar xvf Flatery.tar.xz

Flatery dark

Extract Flatery Dark with the command below.

tar xvf Flatery-Dark.tar.xz

Flatery Pink

Need to extract Flatery Pink? Run the command below.

tar xvf Flatery-Pink.tar.xz

Flatery Blue

Extract the Flatery Blue theme pack with the following command.

tar xvf Flatery-Blue.tar.xz

Flatery Yellow

To extract the Flatery Yellow icon pack, run the command below in a terminal.

tar xvf Flatery-Yellow.tar.xz

Flatery Teal

To extract Flatery Teal, execute the following command in a terminal window.

tar xvf Flatery-Teal.tar.xz

Flatery Orange

To extract Flatery Orange, run the command below in a terminal.

tar xvf Flatery-Orange.tar.xz

Flatery Sky

Need to get your hands on Flatery Sky? Run the command below.

tar xvf Flatery-Sky.tar.xz

Flatery Indigo

Flatery Indigo can be extracted with the following command.

tar xvf Flatery-Indigo.tar.xz

Flatery Master

Want to extract Flatery Master? Run the command below in a terminal window.

tar xvf flatery-master.tar.gz

Installing Flatery on Linux

There are multiple ways to install the Flatery icon theme on Linux. The first method of installation is single-user. The single-user installation allows only the user that installs the icon theme to access it. The second method of installation is system-wide, which makes the icon files available to all users, regardless of if they’ve installed it or not. In this guide, we will cover both.

Single-user

To install the Flatery icon theme in single-user mode, start out by launching a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, use the mkdir -p command to create a new directory inside of your home directory with the name of “.icons.”

mkdir -p .icons

With the new folder created, it is time to move the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory, where the Flatery icon files were extracted earlier in the guide. Using the CD command, move into “Downloads.”

cd ~/Downloads

Using the mv command, install the Flatery icon theme in single-user mode by placing the files into “.icons.”

mv Flatery*/ ~/.icons/

System-wide

To install the Flatery icon theme in system-wide mode, start out by opening up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory, where the Flatery icon files were previously extracted.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, elevate the command-line session to the root user, as it is required to install the icons in system-wide mode.

sudo -s

Install the icons into the /usr/share/icons/ directory using the following mv command below.

Flatery*/ /usr/share/icons/

Activating Flatery on Linux

The Flatery icon theme is set up on your Linux PC, but you won’t be able to use it until it is set as the default icon theme on the desktop environment you use. To set it as default, do the following. First, launch “Settings” and look for “Appearance” or “Icons.” Then, change the default icon theme to “Flatery.”

Can’t figure out how to change the default icons on your Linux PC? Check out the links in the list below to learn how to customize the icons on the Linux desktop you currently use.

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