See How to Install the Arc GTK Theme on Your Ubuntu 16.04

About a day ago we published an article about how Ubuntu 16.10 users can easily install and use the Arc GTK theme and we promised a guide for 16.04 users was on its way. Well, here it is.

The new version of the wildly popular theme is available to download and titled v20160506; it introduces a small set of changes:

The Unity window fix patches a bug that rendered a small, but noticeable visual quirk when using the Arc GTK theme on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

unity greeter arc theme

Other Recent Changes Include

The latest version of the super popular theme builds on the recent updates which introduced a highlight color for selected menu items, a dark Chrome browser theme, a new background color for the Unity panel and a theme for the Unity Greeter, etc.

Other recent updates to the theme include improved support for Cinnamon 3.0, GNOME 3.20, and the latest version of the MATE desktop along with its associated app suite.

If you don’t already have the Arc GTK theme repo added to Ubuntu Software Sources none of these recent updates, fixes, and tweaks will be available to you.

But not to worry. Let’s show you how to fix that.

Installing the Latest Arc GTK Theme on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

ARC Gtk Theme

Getting the latest version of the Arc GTK theme on Ubuntu 16.04 is simple because there are a number of choices available and you can even add the theme designer’s repository so you can receive new versions of Arc on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS when they are released.

Run the following command to add the Arc GTK repo:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Horst3180/xUbuntu_16.04/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/arc-theme.list"

Next, refresh your software sources and install the theme:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install arc-theme

You’ll also need to import the repo’s key to quite any command-line errors:

wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:Horst3180/xUbuntu_16.04/Release.key
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key

There is a precompiled .deb installer for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS also available for download from the theme website or you can just get it here.

The theme’s source packages are available on its Github page.

Bonus tip: Navigate to the “extra/Chrome” folder and drag n’ drop the arc-theme.crx (or arc-dark-theme.crx) file to your Chrome/Chromium window to install the Arc Chrome themes.

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Okoi Martins Jr.
I'm a Computer Scientist with a passion for learning new things in fields ranging from theoretical implications of computer science and mathematical modeling to web development and music. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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