How to install Xenlism Minimalism GTK Theme on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Xenlism uses the base Arc theme, which is a popular flat theme base with transparent elements for GTK 3, GTK 2 and GNOME Shell.

Applying themes is a great way to change the appearance of your PC. Today, we are going to introduce you to yet another GTK theme for your Ubuntu. Xenlism minimalism is a gorgeous looking desktop theme that’s inspired by the elementary OS Linux distribution from which it derives the Mac OS X appearance.

For those new the GTK theme, it manages the window color, appearance of tabs, buttons, active/inactive dialog boxes, and etc., which implies most of the user interface dialog boxes and windows that a user interacts within the desktop environment.

Xenlism uses the base Arc theme, which is a popular flat theme base with transparent elements for GTK 3, GTK 2 and GNOME Shell. The Arc theme supports GTK 3 and GTK 2 based desktop environments like GNOME, Unity, Budgie, Pantheon, Xfce, MATE, etc.

Xenlism Theme Installation

Installing Xenlism on Ubuntu uses the following steps:

Get the APT keys for the program:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 2B80AC38

Add the repository:

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xenatt/xenlism

Update your system sources:

sudo apt-get update

And finally, install the theme:

sudo apt-get install xenlism-minimalism-theme

Installing Xenlism
Installing Xenlism

It is also highly recommended to install Xenlism’s minimalist icon pack, to give the system a fully minimalist look. To do that, enter the following command:

sudo apt-get install xenlism-storm-icon-theme

You can find installation instruction for other distributions including Arch Linux here.

That’s it for the installation of the theme. Now install another program, named the GNOME Tweak Tool, which helps in changing the theme easily. To install it, enter the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Installing GNOME Tweak Tool
Installing GNOME Tweak Tool

Launch GNOME Tweak Tool. In the Themes drop-down box, there will be an option of ‘Xenlism Minimalism’. In the Icons option of the program, there will be many icon packs starting with the name of Xenlism. Choose any one, and try it out!

Ubuntu default theme (Advaita) and Xenlism comparison:

Ubuntu theme icon

Ubuntu’s default Advaita theme

Xenlism theme:

Xenlism Theme
Ubuntu with the Xenlism Theme

File manager icons:

File manager look
File manager look

Uninstalling Xenlism

To uninstall Xenlism, first change the icon pack and theme to any other theme than the Xenlism themes in the GNOME Tweak Tool. Next, enter this command in the Terminal:

sudo apt-get purge xenlism-storm-icon-theme xenlism-minimalism-theme

If you are confident that you do not require the theme again, you can also remove the repository. To do that, enter this command:

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xenatt-ubuntu-xenlism-bionic.list


Xenlism is a great theme, especially for those who want to unclutter their systems. The minimalist icons provide a soothing look, and the icons stand out well according to their programs. For more information on this icon pack, visit this link. Let us know what you think about it in the comments.

Pulkit Chandak
Pulkit Chandak is a Linux enthusiast and has been using and experimenting with open source software, and hardware too since a long time. He is a huge admirer of open source software and wants to ventilate it to all around him. He is interested in reviewing and writing tutorials on Linux and its innumerable distributions. He believes that freedom in software leads to freedom of the mind from the chains of limits.


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