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Vertex - Theme by horst3180 Vertex - Theme by horst3180
Vertex GTK theme contains three variants: Vertex (dark header-bars and toolbars), Vertex-Light (completely light) and Vertex-Dark (completely dark).

This theme supports Gnome 3.10, 3.12, 3.14, Ubuntu 14.04 and Elementary OS Freya. Also the tabs you are seeing in nautilus, gedit, etc. are only included in the Gnome 3.12 and above versions due to the reworked tab system.

For Ubuntu 14.04, please use the 3.10 version and for Elementary OS Freya, please use the 3.12 version.

A Chrome/Chromium theme is included.


gnome-themes-standard package for the GTK3 theme. Murrine and pixbuf engines for the GTK2 theme.

For installation instructions please read the included README, especially the troubleshooting section if you have any issues. If this doesn't fix your problem file a bug report.

If you have problems with sublime text download this link and make sure to read the included instructions first.

If Gnome-Shell crashes with this theme, have a look at READMEs troubleshooting section.

Get the latest version at Github. But beware this contains untested changes and may break.

Other Info

Wallpaper: Spring weather by enioku
Icons used in the preview:
Folder icons: selfmade mod of BeautyFolds by Metalbone1988
Launcher icons: White Pixel Icons by darkdawg

Licence: GPLv3


Initial release

Fixed Synaptic toolbar
Included fix for Sublime Text
Fixed index.theme file

Added Gnome Shell theme

Changed destructive button background color to fit with the Gnome-Shell theme
Improved linked buttons in Gnome-Shell
Panel height now scales with font size
Other small improvements

Better pressed destructive and suggested button border
Improved osd buttons
Hovered primary-toolbar buttons now looks like normal buttons
Better contrast for hovered inactive tab background
Use border images for progressbars for more consistent look
Small fixes all over the place

Added button animations
Reworked selection mode
Nicer searchbars
Improved assets for the dark theme
Some minor tweaks and fixes

Nicer tab borders
Improved assets

Add Gnome 3.14 support
Add global dark variant (with dark gtk2 theme)
Initial support for Elementary OS Freya (needs some improvements)
Reworked tabs (again) to be consistent across 3.12 and 3.14
Remove nautilus tab hacks

Add MATE support
Add XFCE support (panel needs work)
Improve Unity integration
Improve Gtk 2 themes

Quick bugfixes for Gtk 3.14

Add Cinnamon theme (tested with Cinnamon 2.2)
Bug fixes
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0rAX0 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Professional Interface Designer
This is one of the best themes around. Thank you for making it! :peace: :D
Chorcon Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
Evening, Sir. Brilliant theme you've got there :) I really do like it.

Could you please explain a few things for me, though?

I really like how it looks on your screen shots. Could you explain how to:

1. Use the folder icons you link to?
2. Move the 'minimize', 'maximize' and close button to the right hand side, and at the same time, how to get the search button etc. to the upper bar (instead of having a fat, two row bar)
3. How to get that lovely launcher bar!

Oh, and for the record - the theme makes certain things a bit strange. Different light/white websites, like youtube and google, makes it hard to see what's being typed into the search field, due to the light font. (Is it really your theme doing this?)
and secondly, the Ubuntu Software Center is next to unusable due to visibility issues with your theme.

Thanks :)
horst3180 Featured By Owner 3 days ago

1. Basically you need to modify an existing icon theme and replace the folder icons. I've done that and also made the icons have different sizes (16px, 22px etc.), but it's not finished yet. I will eventually release this when i have permission from the original autor to do so.

2./3. I assume that you use Ubuntu with Unity. To make it look exactly like the screenshot you need a distribution with Gnome 3.12 or 3.14. These are mainly Arch Linux and its derivatives for now, but I suggest that you wait for the release of Ubuntu Gnome 14.10 which will use Gnome 3.12, I think. The launcher bar is also part of Gnome and I use the Dash to Dock extension to make it a little more usable.

You could also try Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 which uses Gnome 3.10 but it won't look exactly the same (mainly window buttons and tabs).

4. Which browser do you use? Could you show me some screenshots? Also does this occur only with the dark variant? I already know that Ubuntu software center has some problems with dark themes.
Chorcon Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thanks for your quick reply.

1. I'm looking forward to your icon release, then, and I guess I'll find a different icon pack in the meanwhile. The original ones don't look as good with the Vertex theme in my opinion.

2-3. Yes, Indeed I am using the current Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, with Unity.

4. I use the preinstalled firefox browser. I've added screenshots of a) Vertex_dark and b) Vertex. As you suspected, the problem only occurs with the dark variant.
Is there any way to use the default theme for the software center only? any other work around? Currently, I switch between themes when I need to use the software center.


Thanks again for your fast reply, and thanks for your brilliant theme :)
horst3180 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Dark themes often cause some problems, especially with firefox, libreoffice and other non-native gtk apps. I'll see if I can do something about that. I think the software center problem can be fixed, I will have to do some research on that.
Chorcon Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks, I look forward to a possible fix :)

FYI, it's not a deal breaker :) I still use your theme, as I really like it, I just have to settle with the Vertex rather than the Vertex_Dark :)
areichel Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Hallo Horst.

Thank you very much for that great theme, I really like it!
Two ideas though:

1) Tabs -- in Vertex currently the active Tab is Dark/Black while the inactive Tabs are white. Whenever I open gedit with two documents, I am lost which is the active one for two reasons. The Window Border is black, so white looks raised and active. And also the curves of the tab-edges look like white is above black. In the result I always choose the white tab. I would like to suggest to switch the active/inactive behaviour.

2) Hightlight/Selection color -- a matter of taste of course, but I would like to prefer a darker blue (#204A87) instead of the neon-blue. I can change that color using "gtk-theme-config" for almost all elements, but the selection color of List Views stays neon blue (with a dark blue frame though). I browsed through the theme several times already but could not find/understand the cause. Is it possible to alter the Hightlight/Selection Color somehow consistently?

Thank you a lot again und viele Gruesse!
horst3180 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Hi, I'm glad you like it.

1) I agree that the tab design is unconventional. The idea behind this was that the active tab drops down from the titlebar and is attached to it. It also has drop shadows indicating that it is above the other tabs. Maybe it just takes some time getting used to it?

2) I forgot to remove some hardcoded colors. This will be fixed with the next update.
areichel Featured By Owner 3 days ago
"The idea behind this was that the active tab drops down from the titlebar and is attached to it."

Mmmmh, actually I would have expected that the active tab originates from the selected content -- but ok, having this explanation in mind, it will certainly be less confused from now on.

Thank you again and cheers!
fverdeja93 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Love it! But I'd like to report three things.
First of all, I don't know if you see it, but when your mouse is over an item on the shell panel it look really good, until you reach any corner, it look really awful how the rounded corner just cuts the gradient, it'd be better if you change this gradient for the same you use in Ceti but with this awesome grey.

Secondly, when you move through desktops, for some reason, you can't see the arrow which tells you where are you going.

And for last but not least, please, add a variant of the theme which works as the fist picture you show, like light for unfocused windows, and the normal version for focused ones, maybe backwards as well, and maybe one which is light when focused and the totally dark version for unfocused windows.

P.S: I'm really sorry if my grammar is bad, English is not my first language.
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