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Vertex - Theme

Vertex is a theme for GTK 3, GTK 2, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon. It supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, XFCE, Budgie, Pantheon, etc.

Themes for the Browsers Chrome/Chromium and Firefox are included, too.

The theme comes with three variants to choose from. The default variant with dark header-bars, a light variant, and a dark variant.


  • At least Gnome/GTK 3.10. This theme works with all versions up to 3.18.
  • The gnome-themes-standard package
  • The murrine engine. This has different names depending on your distro.
    • gtk-engine-murrine (Arch Linux)
    • gtk2-engines-murrine (Debian, Ubuntu, elementary OS)
    • gtk-murrine-engine (Fedora)
    • gtk2-engine-murrine (openSUSE)
    • gtk-engines-murrine (Gentoo)

Main distributions that meet these requirements are

  • Arch Linux and Arch Linux based distros
  • Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 and 15.04
  • elementary OS Freya
  • Linux Mint 17.1
  • Debian Jessie, Testing or Unstable
  • Gentoo
  • Fedora 20, 21 and 22
  • OpenSuse 13.1, 13.2 and Tumbleweed

Derivatives of these distributions should work, aswell.

If your distribution is not listed, please check the requirements yourself.


Important: Remove all older versions of the theme from your system before you proceed any further.

sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light,Vertex-Gnome-Shell,Vertex-Gnome-Shell-3.16,Vertex-Cinnamon}
rm -rf ~/.local/share/themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light,Vertex-Gnome-Shell,Vertex-Gnome-Shell-3.16,Vertex-Cinnamon}
rm -rf ~/.themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light,Vertex-Gnome-Shell,Vertex-Gnome-Shell-3.16,Vertex-Cinnamon}


Prebuilt packages for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE are available at…

Arch Linux users can install the theme from the AUR……

Manual Installation

To build the theme you need

  • autoconf
  • automake
  • pkg-config or pkgconfig if you use Fedora
  • libgtk-3-dev for Debian based distros or gtk3-devel for RPM based distros
  • git if you want to clone the source directory

If your distribution doesn't ship separate development packages you just need GTK 3 instead of the -dev packages.

Install the theme with the following commands

1. Get the source

If you want to install the latest version from git, clone the repository with

git clone git:// --depth 1 && cd vertex-theme 

If you want to install the latest stable release, run

git clone git:// --depth 1 && cd vertex-theme
git fetch --tags git checkout $(git describe --tags `git rev-list --tags --max-count=1`)

or download it from… and cd into the extracted archive

2. Build and install the theme

./ --prefix=/usr
sudo make install

Other options to pass to are

--disable-cinnamon            disable Cinnamon support
--disable-dark                disable Vertex Dark support
--disable-gnome-shell         disable GNOME Shell support
--disable-gtk2                disable GTK2 support
--disable-gtk3                disable GTK3 support
--disable-light               disable Vertex Light support
--disable-metacity            disable Metacity support
--disable-unity               disable Unity support
--disable-xfwm                disable XFWM support
--with-gnome=<version>        build the theme for a specific Gnome version (3.10, 3.12, 3.14, 3.16, 3.18)
                              Note: Normally the correct version is detected automatically
                              and this option should not be needed.

After the installation is complete you can activate the theme with gnome-tweak-tool or a similar program by selecting VertexVertex-Light or Vertex-Dark.

Uninstall the theme


sudo make uninstall 

from the installation directory, or

sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/{Vertex,Vertex-Dark,Vertex-Light} 


The extra directory in the source directory contains Chrome/Chromium and Firefox themes, a fix for the Ubuntu-Software-Center when using the dark theme and an alternative metacity theme, which hides the window titles of maximized windows (doesn't work on Gnome 3.16 and up).

To install the Chrome/Chromium theme go to the extra/Chrome folder and drag and drop the Vertex.crx or Vertex-light.crx file into the Chrome/Chromium window. The source of the Chrome themes is located in the source "Chrome/source" folder.

To install the Firefox theme copy the extra/Firefox/Vertex/chrome folder to ~/.mozilla/firefox/yourprofile.default/ and restart Firefox. Make sure that the tools>options>content>colors use system colors or preferences>content>colors use system colors checkbox is unchecked.
Themes for the variants Vertex-Light and Vertex-Dark are in the Firefox folder, too. Installation is the same.

To install the alternative metacity theme, copy the Vertex_alt_metacity folder to /usr/share/themes and select it as window theme.

To install the Plank theme, copy the extra/Vertex-Plank folder to ~/.local/share/plank/themes or to /usr/share/plank/themes for system-wide use. Now open the Plank preferences window by executing plank --preferences from a terminal and select Vertex-Plank as the theme.


If you get artifacts like black or invisible backgrounds under Unity, disable overlay scrollbars with

gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal 

Ubuntu-Software-Center doesn't play nice with dark themes. If you are using Vertex-Dark under Ubuntu the software center will have unreadable text. To fix this, install the Ubuntu-Software-Center fix. Instructions and relevant files are included in the extra/Ubuntu-Software-Center folder.

Bug reporting

If you find a bug, please report it at…

Other Info

Wallpaper: Alone by memovaslg
Icon theme: Vertex Icons
Launcher icons: White Pixel Icons by darkdawg

Licence: GPLv3


Initial release

Changelog has been purged because it was too long, complete changelog here

Add support for Gnome 3.16
    Port Gnome-Shell 3.16 theme to Sass
    Dash got redesigned due to 3.16 changes
    New hover state for window buttons
Minor bugfixes

Gnome-Shell theme fixes
Nicer Xfce and Mate panel style
Better Xfwm theme

Migrate the project to autotools to simplify the installation process (kudos to James Geboski)
Small bugfixes

Add a Plank theme
Fix gnome-shell crashes on non-accelerated systems
Make gala-notifications light (except in the dark theme)

Add support for Gnome 3.18

Add support for Gnome 3.20
Add Budgie v10.x support


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Gershik Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016
arc FF theme conflicts with extensions such as omnibar or combo. fix this please.
nickbarrow1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016
Hey man, excellent work! One question, in your firefox arc theme github page, what font are you using? Thanks again!
Sechzehn32 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
i guess it's the same font as on
at the bottom you can find out about the details (wallpaper, icons, font)
it's Futura Bk bt
railsmonk Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
Thank you for your work on Arc theme, it's incredible!
tigefa Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
awesome themes pingouins contest entry 2 
9770110510 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016
Hi, I have a request. Could you please fork Htitle for firefox (…), since it's broken in 48. All I ask for you is to fix the minimize, maximize and close buttons. Cuz right now they are invisible. Your Arc theme for FF is good as well, I am using it right now, but it takes too much vertical space. :P

Thank you. :)
FloreindeiN Featured By Owner Edited Jun 2, 2016
How can I edit your firefox "arc dark theme" because many parts are automatically dark blue/grey and I can't see what is written because it's also the same colour (it even happens on some default button websites, not only in the firefox UI) ??

Also your darker theme is white for me dunno why.
ganknevets Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for creating such beautiful themes for Linux. I thought there was only Numix, but you sir have me very happy to be on Linux! :headbang: Also, I was wondering if you can tell me what file manager you use in your screenshots? I would like to have the same effect of the title bar not being visible. Thank you in advance mate! :handshake:
Wadka92 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2015
Keep up the great work. I really like how you are a Arch User and give everyone an easy install Option. Your Themes are awesome. Just what I need to make my Gnome look great and not cheap and ugly like the default theme.
I'm looking forward to the Vertex Icon pack! =) 
fesampaio Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Hi. Amazing work. Been using your themes since Naos back in 2010. Thank you. Clap :) (Smile) 
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