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Elements by NanaBuluku Elements by NanaBuluku
*Theme is broken on 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Will need a thorough rewrite.*

Unity/Gtk2.0/Gtk3.0/Metacity Theme based on elementary Gtk2.0/Gtk3.0/Metacity. Gtk3.0 has been almost completely rewritten from scratch and modified with unity panel support while retaining the elements that make that theme awesome.

Full credit to elementary team for their inspired design.


Fixed issue with file-chooser sidebar items behaving glitchy


Gnome Shell/Gnome Classic variation included.
Simply extract the folders into .themes and use gnome tweak tool to change to the appropriate theme depending on your desktop.


Unico engine
Murrine engine

Known issues:

-Thunderbird toolbar uses selected_fg_color and therefore uses white text. Either all gtk2.0 menus must be light so that selected_fg_color can be dark or thunderbird has white text. I haven't found a way to fix it after hours of tweaking.

-Initially I was focused on getting it looking good under unity. I will now work to make it function properly (menubars are ugly) under gnome shell.
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claudette86 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hello :D
in Xubuntu 12.04 (with XFCE 4.10) I have these problems in gedit. Maybe I'd to download other version of Elements? :D
Please let me know, I love so much this theme <3
moonfiremusic Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
This is my favorite gnome 3 theme but it doesn't work with gnome 3.4 anymore. Any chance for an update?
paulmedic555 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Thank you for this nice theme. I want to ask you how can i make the theme to have a light panel and light menus in unity?
eudennis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Sometime ago I saw someone with tutorial to make that theme with light panel, is it possible?
amgisp Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I love this theme! My current theme is Elements-Unity with Ubuntu 11.10. Unfortunately, in Unity-2d, when the window maximized, the three buttons(close, unmaximize, minimize) are not adapted to this theme. my machine can't use Unity, so I want to fix this. What can i do?
amgisp Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I got the way to fix. in /usr/local/themes/, type
>sudo mv Ambiance Ambiance.bkp
>sudo cp Elements-Unity Ambiance
>cd Ambiance/metacity-1.0
>sudo cp ../unity/* ./
then, select "Ambiance" in gnome-tweak-tool.
There may be some bags in unity-2d...
GhostPrototypeII Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
GTK2 theme doesn't work. Running LMDE Xfce-Desktop.

Getting the error message: "xfce4-appearance-settings:
/home/.../.themes/Elements(GS-and-Classic)/gtk-2.0/gtkrc:118: error: unexpected identifier `default_button_color', expected character `}'"

All gtk2-engines installed ...
alexluckett Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Great looking theme! I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 w/Unity. I can't seem to get it to work? I've copied the unity folder for this to /usr/share/themes, but Elements doesn't appear in gnome-tweak-tool's theme selector?
newbieonubuntu Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
follow this simple tutorial on webupd8

just adding the ppa and select ur desired theme package (unity or gnome) :P

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update

unity :
sudo apt-get install elements-unity-theme
gnome :
sudo apt-get install elements-gs-theme

simple :P
crownvictoria Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
this is a truly great theme for xfce or indeed gnome :)
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