The Clearlooks-Phenix project (formerly known as Clearwaita) aims at creating a GTK3 port of Clearlooks, the default theme for Gnome 2. Style is also included for GTK2, Unity and for Metacity, Openbox and Xfwm4 window managers.
Here are screenshots (if applicable, click to download the original image):
Requirements for Clearlooks-Phenix 1: packages
gtk2-engines (if GTK2 applications are used) and
Requirements for Clearlooks-Phenix 2: packages
gtk2-engines (if GTK2 applications are used),
Requirements for Clearlooks-Phenix 3: package
gtk2-engines (if GTK2 applications are used).
Regardless of the installation method chosen, the theme must be selected once the installation is complete:
On Gnome: with gnome-tweak-tool, by setting Theme > Window theme and Theme > GTK+ theme, or in a terminal:
dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/wm/preferences/theme \'Clearlooks-Phenix\' dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/interface/gtk-theme \'Clearlooks-Phenix\'
On Xfce: by going to Settings > Appearence > Style in the main menu for the GTK theme, and to Settings > Window Manager > Style for the Xfwm4 theme, or in a terminal:
xfconf-query -s Clearlooks-Phenix -c xfwm4 -p /general/theme xfconf-query -s Clearlooks-Phenix -c xsettings -p /Net/ThemeName
Manual installation ensures you get the latest version of the theme. See below for other installation methods.
Download the appropriate version according to your situation:
for GTK 3.0 and 3.2: download Clearlooks-Phenix 1;
for GTK 3.4: download Clearlooks-Phenix 2.
for GTK 3.6 and newer: download Clearlooks-Phenix 3.
To find your GTK version:
You can check in your package manager the version of the package
If you use Ubuntu, here's a correspondence between its versions and those of GTK (for a default installation of Ubuntu):
Extract the archive.
Rename the extracted folder to
Copy the folder
Clearlooks-Phenix in one of the following two locations:
~/.themes/ for the current user;
/usr/share/themes/ for all users, including style for programs ran with root privileges (e.g. Synaptic).
An AUR package is maintained by eworm.
clearlooks-phenix-theme can be installed on Debian unstable.
See the following package:
clearlooks-phenix-theme can be installed on Ubuntu 12.10 and newer.
The wallpaper used for the Gnome 3 desktop screenshot is available in the folder
The icon theme used for the same screenshot is Mist, installed with the package
gnome-themes, under LGPL. However, this package is no longer available with last Ubuntu versions. Here's an easy way to install Mist:
Extract the archive.
Copy the folder
Mist in one of the following two locations:
~/.icons/ for the current user;
/usr/share/icons/ for all users.
Then, choose Mist:
on Gnome: with gnome-tweak-tool by setting Theme > Icon theme;
on Xfce: by going to Settings > Appearence > Icons in the main menu.
Also, color schemes were made by DDZ to fit with Clearlooks-Phenix.
By default, the font color on a desktop managed by Nautilus is black. To set it to white, open the file
gtk-3.0/applications.css with a text editor, find the code relative to Nautilus:
/************ * Nautilus * ************/ /* COMMENTED CSS CODE */
and uncomment it, as follows:
/************ * Nautilus * ************/ UNCOMMENTED CSS CODE
To get a custom color, change the color directly in the file
From Clearlooks-Phenix 2, it's very easy to create color variants of the GTK3 theme. Only a few color declarations must be changed in the file
About button borders, they come from SVG files. Inkscape can be used to modify them. For more details, see the screencast Utiliser Inkscape pour modifier la couleur de la bordure d'un bouton. A Bash script is also shipped with Clearlooks-Phenix to assist the modification of SVG and PNG files. To use it, copy the file
doc/images.sh.txt, paste it in the root folder of your development theme (same emplacement as the file
index.theme) and rename it
images.sh. Then, change variables in the first section of the file according to the color variant desired and run the script in a terminal (
bash images.sh). The package
imagemagick is required.
If after installing or updating Ubuntu, the window buttons are on the left side, but you want them to the right, run the following command in a terminal:
gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string ":minimize,maximize,close"
Last version: 3.0.16 (2013-09-07)
Git is used for revision control. Repository can be browsed online or cloned.
Author: Jean-Philippe Fleury (http://www.jpfleury.net/en/contact.php)
Copyright © 2011-2013 Jean-Philippe Fleury
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.
Adwaita theme, from the package
gnome-themes-standard, under LGPL.
gtk-2.0/gtkrc, from the package
gtk2-engines, under LGPL.
metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml, from the package
gnome-themes-selected, under LGPL.
openbox-3/themerc, from the package
openbox, under GPL.
Clearlooks XFWM4 theme, under GPL.
wallpapers, based on an image from volvoguy, under GPL.