The Shamrock GTK theme is a dark theme adapted from a popular KDE Plasma 5 theme. It uses various shades of black and the color green. If your favorite color is green, and you’re looking for an excellent dark GTK theme, check Shamrock out.
In this guide, we’ll go over how to get your hands on Shamrock GTK and install it on your Linux PC. To start the installation, ensure you are using Gnome Shell, Budgie, Cinnamon, or another GTK-based Linux desktop environment.
Downloading Shamrock GTK
The Shamrok GTK theme is available for download on Gnome-look.org. To download this GTK theme to your computer, click on this link here. Once on the Gnome-look.org page, select the “Files” tab, to view the available files for download.
Once on the “Files” page, look for “Shamrock.zip.” This file is the Shamrock GTK theme files. To download it, click on the blue download button in the “DL” column. After clicking on the button in the “DL” column, a pop-up window will appear. Click on the “Download” button to grab the latest Shamrock GTK theme file on your Linux PC.
Another place you can get the Shamrok GTK theme on your system is through GitHub. However, the GitHub release of the theme really isn’t the best way to download it, as you will need to interact with the Git terminal tool. For more information on the GitHub release of Shamrock, click here.
Extracting Shamrock GTK
The Shamrok GTK theme, as distributed on Gnome-look.org, is a Zip archive. Zip files are supported on Linux, but the easiest way to extract it is with the Unzip program. It’s a command-line utility that can be used to quickly decompress Zip archives.
On many Linux operating systems, the Unzip tool is not installed by default. So, before we can go over how to extract the Shamrock GTK ZIP archive, we must demonstrate how to install the Unzip tool. 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 command-line installation instructions that correspond with the Linux operating system you currently use to get Unzip set up.
sudo apt install unzip
sudo apt-get install unzip
sudo pacman -S unzip
sudo dnf install unzip
sudo zypper install unzip
With the Unzip app set up on your Linux PC, the extraction process can begin. First, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory, as that is where the Shamrock.zip archive is saved by your browser.
When the terminal window is placed inside of the “Downloads” directory, make use of the unzip command to decompress the Shamrock.zip file.
Once the Unzip tool finishes decompressing the Shamrock.zip archive, a new directory will appear in the “Downloads” folder. This directory is “Shamrock” and contains all of the Shamrock theme files.
Install Shamrock GTK
Those looking to get the Shamrock GTK theme working on Linux can do it in multiple ways. The first way you can get the Shamrock GTK theme set up on Linux is in single-user mode, a method of installation that only works for the user that installs the theme. The second method of installation is the system-wide mode, which allows all users on the system to use the theme, even if they weren’t the ones who installed it.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through installing the Shamrock GTK theme in both ways. To start the installation, open up a terminal window. To open up a terminal window, press Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Once the terminal window is open, follow the command-line installation instructions that correspond with the method of installation you prefer.
To start the installation of the Shamrock GTK theme in single-user mode, you must create a new folder with the name of “.themes”. This folder will hold all of the Shamrock GTK theme files. To create the new folder, use the following mkdir command in a terminal window.
mkdir -p ~/.themes
After creating the new folder, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory where the extracted Shamrock GTK theme files are.
From here, you can install the Shamrock GTK theme into the .themes folder using the following mv command.
mv Shamrock/ ~/.themes
To start the system-wide installation of the Shamrock GTK theme, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory where the theme files are.
Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, elevate the terminal session to root by using the sudo -s command.
Finally, install the Shamrock GTK theme to your Linux PC in system-wide mode by entering the following mv command.
mv Shamrock/ /usr/share/themes/
Activating Shamrock GTK
You’ve just installed the Shamrock GTK theme on your Linux PC, but the setup process is not yet done. You still need to activate the theme on your Linux desktop environment. To do this, open up the “Settings” app and make your way to “Appearance” or “Themes”. Then, change the default theme to “Shamrock” to enjoy the new theme. Or, follow one of the tutorials below to learn how to customize your Linux desktop.