How to install the Fluent GTK theme on Linux

The Fluent GTK theme aims to bring the Windows design style to Linux. It comes in two themes: dark and light, and honestly does an excellent job of giving Linux users a “Windows-like experience.” Here’s how to set it up on your system.

Downloading Fluent GTK theme

The Fluent GTK theme is available for download on Gnome-look.org, a popular theme website that many Linux users use. To download Fluent to your Linux PC, do the following.

First, head over to the Fluent Gnome-look.org page. Once on the page, find the “Files” tab, and select it with the mouse.

Inside of the “Files” tab, you will see two versions of Fluent available for download. Select the button in the “DL” column next to the theme you wish to download to start the downloading process. 

When the download process is complete, open up a terminal window and move on to the next section of the guide.

Extracting Fluent GTK theme

To extract the Fluent GTK theme, first, move into the “Downloads” directory using the CD command. The “Downloads” directory is where the Fluent GTK theme was downloaded earlier.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, follow the instructions down below to install the Unzip program onto your computer. The Unzip utility must work with the ZIP archive that the Fluent GTK theme is packed into.

Ubuntu

To get the Unzip application set up in Ubuntu, run the Apt command below in a terminal.

sudo apt install unzip

Debian

If you are using Debian Linux, you can get the latest release of Unzip on your computer by making use of the Apt-get command below.

sudo apt-get install unzip

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, users can get the latest release of Unzip working with the following Pacman command. 

sudo pacman -S unzip

Fedora

Those using Fedora Linux have the ability to install the Unzip utility on their computers by making use of the Dnf command.

sudo dnf install unzip

OpenSUSE

If you’re using OpenSUSE Linux, you’ll be able to get Unzip up and running using the Zypper command.

sudo zypper install unzip

After installing the Unzip utility on your computer, you’ll be able to extract the Fluent GTK theme files in the ZIP archive downloaded earlier. Using the unzip command to decompress the Fluent GTK ZIP theme. 

unzip Windows-10-Acrylic-5.1.zip

Or, if you’ve downloaded the dark variant of the Fluent GTK theme, execute the following unzip command. 

unzip Windows-10-Acrylic-Dark-5.1-dark

When the Unzip utility finishes extracting the Fluent GTK theme files, move on to the next section of the guide.

Installing Fluent GTK theme 

There are two ways to get the Fluent GTK theme working on Linux. The first way of installation is known as “single-user,” which only allows the user that installed the theme access to it. The second method of installation is known as “system-wide,” which gives every user access to the theme regardless of if it was installed by them.

In this guide, we’ll go over how to install the Fluent GTK theme in both ways. To start the installation process, open up a terminal window and follow along below.

Single-user

To start installing the Fluent GTK theme on Linux, make use of the CD command and move the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory where the theme files currently reside.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside the “Downloads” directory, make use of the mkdir command and create the “.themes” directory. This folder will house the Fluent GTK theme files in your home directory.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

After creating the new folder, run the mv command below to install the Fluent GTK theme files onto your computer in single-user mode.

mv Windows-10*/ ~/.themes

You can confirm if the installation was successful by running the following ls command.

ls ~/.themes | grep Acrylic

System-wide

To install the Fluent GTK theme in system-wide mode, start by making use of the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory where the theme files currently reside on your PC.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside the “Downloads” directory, use the sudo -s command to elevate the terminal account without leaving the “Downloads” directory. 

sudo -s

Finally, install the Fluent GTK theme to your Linux PC in system-wide mode using the mv command.

mv Windows-10*/ /usr/share/themes/

To verify that the installation was successful, execute the following ls command.

ls /usr/share/themes/ | grep Acrylic

Activating Fluent GTK theme

Fluent is now installed on your Linux PC, but you cannot use it until it is set as the default GTK theme on the desktop. To change the default theme on the Linux desktop to Fluent, do the following. 

First, open up the “System Settings” area. Once inside of “System Settings,” look around for the “Appearance” or “Themes” area, and change the default theme that the desktop is using to “Fluent” to use the Fluent GTK theme.

Are you having trouble figuring out how to change the default GTK theme on your Linux PC? Take a look at the list of links below for guidance on how to customize your desktop environment.

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