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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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wolfyrion Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
Very nice theme... works fine with the latest gtk3 updates

My only problem i that I dont like the Blue Color so much - I just hope for a Dark-Red-Bloody Theme  :D

Thanks a lot for this theme...  keep it up :)
danwguy Featured By Owner May 17, 2016
Absolutely amazing theme. Thank you so much. I was wondering one thing... what is that "dock" sort of thing on the right side of the window in the screenshots? I am loving the look of it and would love to add that to my desktop. I am running linux mint 17.2 Rafaela cinnamon, and I am looking for some good customization stuff. Please let me know, and if you have any other tools that are useful for this please let me know too. I am fairly new to linux, and absolutely loving it thus far. Thank you.
annoyingduck Featured By Owner May 8, 2016
Still my favorite dark theme ever, thank you over and over!  One thing I noticed and was curious if this was done on purpose is that the standard Vertex (blue accents) vs the Vertex-Manjaro (green accents) draws the panel icons smaller than in the Manjaro version on Cinnamon and XFCE.  Is this done on purpose?  The Manjaro version looks much cleaner in the panel with the "normal" size panel icons vs the blue version, but I prefer the blue.  Next question, well more of a request...can we get a dark version that has grey as an accent color over the blue/green versions?  That IMO would be the ultimate dark theme!
Technosparks Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is a very very very great theme indeed. Loving your work!
JockeTF Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Looks awesome! Thanks for the update!
moshiAB Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Terrific! This is the theme i will use as soon as there is Photoshop for Linux. Too bad that will never happen.
teroleg Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
Great theme!
Is support for 3.18.2 planned? Thank you!
specialized666 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Looks great, i would put the caption buttons on the left side :)
murukeshm Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
It took me a while, but I have finally found *the* dark theme. It's so good, that I hate to suggest a modification, but nonetheless: radio buttons and check boxes have a blue glow/border when selected, which makes them stand out immediately. However, toggle sliders only have a muted grey highlight (is that the word?). It seems out of place, and I feel they could really use the blue glow. Maybe it's a problem only I have, but it takes me a second to remember which direction is "on" in the slider. Kinda how the Cenodark theme (…) does it (compare:

Thanks for the awesome theme!
Garoslaw Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I was conflicted over what kind of flat theme I should stick with until I found this beauty. Thank you sir, this is one of the best looking themes I've ever seen.
Schmuzart Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cannot make it work for GTK2 applications. But it looks great.
Schmuzart Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never mind, I moved the folder from ~/.local/share/.themes into ~/.themes and it works now.
rcastill Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
Finally... a theme that does it right, other themes I have used had something, a little flaw that made me throw them away and I never settled for one. I think this is gonna be it.

Regards from Chile!

P.S. Use this combo: Fedora 22 + Cinnamon + Loki (Cinnamon theme) + Vibrancy Colors icon theme, with gnome pre-installed so you can enjoy the apps, and everything looking good, clean and fluid.
Pigglywee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really good! ......chique
Alcasas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Hey, using the standard vertex theme the xfce-pulseaudio-sound indicator will show a black icon on black ground. A correct white icon is shown in the dark theme variant. Can this be fixed? The Arc theme uses a grey icon per default which is at least visible.

Best regards
miracsa Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It looks excellent! Which font type are you using ?
chantrongchien1977 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2015   Interface Designer
i have a question,could i can change the blue color to another ?…
thank in advance
chantrongchien1977 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015   Interface Designer
done,i find how to change by myself
s-h-a-m-a-n Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
jcvfen Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2015
Which fonts are you using?
could you take a picture of your fonts configs?
thanks in advance
luX0r-reload Featured By Owner Edited May 29, 2015
Missing terminal rounded corner on Fedora 22.
Installed Vertex from source... any suggest?


EDIT: Ceti 2 same bug. This bug is not present if I log with a Wayland session :(
horst3180 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
I think this is a mutter bug and seems to be related to this…
If I increase the border radius, it looks wrong on other windows, for example firefox. For some reason this only affects some applications using server side window decorations.
The fact that it works on wayland is another indicator that this is not a bug in Vertex, since there's no difference in theming for wayland and xorg.
luX0r-reload Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
Thanks for the info!
I don't know if can help you to workaround this problem, but the themes MosSky (Gnome 3.16) has no problems with border in the terminal window too.…

Your themes are so cool... and so I hope in a workaround ;)
skiOurosblOOm Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
This is amazing stuff mate!Top notch work!
Super detail in the theme department and even better details on how to install this!
Many many thanks for sharing!
againpkp Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student Artist
you are awesome......looking forward to more of your AWESOME THEMES....
chantrongchien1977 Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2015   Interface Designer
could you mind to port nexa to gnome 3.x ?
i think this will be great theme :)…
there a guy have nick name haicaoboi87 done this in gnome 2.x……
MichaeITiebesl Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Asking myself if it is in a easy way possible to change the Blue color in Ubuntu Orange?
Searching around on internet i saw i have to change the CSS but there are many inside the files.
chantrongchien1977 Featured By Owner Edited May 15, 2015   Interface Designer
hi ! your themes is great and i love them !
I have a problem : when i trying to use this layout button : gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout 'close:minimize'
to choose the close button in the left and the minimize button in the right,but when i hover in minimize button,its show close character button ?
do you have an idead to fix this ? ( i try ceti-2 and its same as vertex )
ps : i use fedora core 21 and gnome 3.14
horst3180 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
That's a general problem with GTK 3.14 unfortunately. I use a hack to draw the window buttons, and it breaks if you don't use the standard button order. This is fixed with GTK 3.16.
chantrongchien1977 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015   Interface Designer
thank ! it work in another linux system of my running gnome 3.16
loosis Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
my favorite ;)
gazettefreak Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Hallo, habe mal ne ganz blöde Frage.
Wie bekomme ich unter Ubuntu 14.04/3.16 die
minimieren und maximieren icons wieder?
Oder geht das überhaupt nicht?…
horst3180 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Es gibt einen bug in der von Ubuntu gepatchten Nautilus version, wodurch die Knöpfe nicht angezeigt werden. Da kann ich nichts machen. Das ganze funktioniert allerdings wieder in Ubuntu 15.04.
gazettefreak Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Nochmal ich ^^ So klappt ja alles im Moment bei mir,
Wie bekomme ich jetzt die Leiste wieder so wie bei 14.04 hin?
Ging ja vorher auch :-? (Confused)…
horst3180 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Ich schätze mal unter Ubuntu 14.04 hast du Gnome benutzt? Dein Screenshot sieht aber aus wie Unity, also der default Desktop von Ubuntu. Entweder musst du Gnome nachinstallieren oder du benutzt Ubuntu Gnome.
gazettefreak Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Ahh ok. Danke für die Rückmeldung, muss ich doch 15.04 installieren ^^
VenomBE Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
I've installed the Vertex theme through the AUR on Archlinux, but when I start the gtk3-widget-factory I see white borders around some of the controls. I'm using the latest version of GTK3 (3.16).
Do you have any idea what might be the cause of this?
Thanks in advance!
horst3180 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Are you using Gnome or a different DE/WM?
Also maybe check if ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css exists and if there's something in it that may override the theme's settings.
VenomBE Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
I'm using XFCE with Compiz (Emerald window manager). At first I wanted to change the GTK3 theme to Vertex-Dark by using the gnome-tweak-tool, but it wouldn't work because I'm not using Gnome Shell. In the end I created a symlink like this:

#ln -s /usr/share/themes/Vertex-Dark/gtk-3.0 ~/.config/gtk-3.0

The gtk.css is present and looks ok.

In the meantime I've tried downgrading to GTK3.14 as well, but it didn't change anything.
horst3180 Featured By Owner Edited May 2, 2015
Why didn't you select the theme from the XFCE appearance settings? It should set the theme correctly for GTK 2 and GTK 3 applications. Alternatively you can manually set the theme with xfconf-query

xfconf-query -c xsettings -p /Net/ThemeName -s Vertex-Dark

Edit: You should also remove the symlink, it will cause problems.
VenomBE Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Thanks, that did the trick!
I thought using XFCE Appearance would only change GTK2 settings...
nlatin Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Hands down best gtk theme out there. For app icons i use numix-circle - combined with vertex icons and this gtk theme, it's unbelievably beuatiful.
cdcg999 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
This is one of the best themes for gnome, at 3.16 in some applications, including terminal, firefox, are missing the buttons to minimize, maximize and close. I'm on Arch linux and install the AUR this date. Thanks for your work.
horst3180 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
The AUR package hasn't been updated to support Gnome 3.16. Try changing _gnomever=3.14 to _gnomever=3.16 in the PKGBUILD to enable 3.16 support.
Chill-Factor Featured By Owner Edited Apr 23, 2015
great theme! having problems with Freya Stable. When I apply the theme, the menus on the indicators on the wingpanel are just black shadows. Also, the maximize, minimize and close buttons on Files are still the same elementary defaults not rounded ones like the ones you have. But they're fine with firefox. Actually, any other theme i apply have these issues. Can you help?

horst3180 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2015
You could install the package for Ubuntu 15.04 from here… and see if that fixes your problem. It works fine with Freya, I just tested it. Be sure to remove your current installation of the theme before you do this.
bbabel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it. I also like the icons. I wish you could finish and release them. Thank you for your work.
michaelserious Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
3.16 looks great. This is very nitpicky but I do miss the old min/max/close hovers though these new ones are obviously more informative.
horst3180 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
I wanted to get away from the mac-ish style and, as you already said, it's now more obvious what the buttons do.
michaelserious Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
True the old way was Yosemite-y.. but you did do it first. =P
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