Make Your GNOME Desktop Look Like KDE Plasma 5

With the release of Plasma 5, both a new UI and UX was brought to the KDE Desktop via an eye candy theme referred to as ‘Breeze’.

Its airy aesthetics are what have won Plasma 5 admirers in their thousands and it also helped to fasten the new visual impression of the KDE desktop experience redux.

The good news is that you don’t have to be using KDE to be in on the very appealing look and feel that it provides.

Dolphin or Nautilus?

GNOME-Breeze is a GTK+ theme designed to mimic KDE’s Breeze and all it requires is no version below GTK+ 3.16 along with the Pixmap/Pixbuf theme engine for GTK2. In fact, some Linux distributions, including Arch already have the theme available for installation.

If Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS is what you’re running then all you will need to do is:

  1. Download the GNOME-Breeze theme from GitHub
  2. Extract/unpack it
  3. Copy the gnome-breeze-master folder to .themes folder into your /home directory
  4. Apply the theme using GNOME Tweak Tool

And you’ll be good to go. GTK+ applications like Gedit, Nautilus and Rhythmbox will now have quite the same look their Qt counterparts on Plasma have.

Mind you – the theme works best on the GNOME desktop. You can use it on Unity but it might not look as polished.

There is a dark theme variant included in the theme pack.

If you want to set the theme in Plasma 5 (and make GTK apps look a little more at home with their native Qt kin) you will need to install kde-gtk-config and then apply it via System Settings > Application Style > GNOME Application Style — just remember to disable the “apply colors to non-Qt applications” option in System Settings > Colors > Options.

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