Here’s the New Yaru Theme of Ubuntu 18.10, install it in Ubuntu 18.04 now!

Ubuntu 18.10 LTS will include a new community-based default theme. Install it today!

The next major release from Canonical, the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) will feature a new theme called Yaru. This community-based theme was targetted to be included as a default theme in the Bionic Beaver, but the theme wasn’t finished yet, and they didn’t want to release a half-baked product. The developers’ goal is to release a quality theme and complete icon set, from day 1!

What happens to the Ambiance theme?

The current theme “Ambiance” will continue to develop and still get packaged with the Ubuntu 18.10, but it won’t be the default theme. You can manually apply the theme when needed.

Ubuntu 18.10 LTS Yaru Theme

Good news is that the new theme development is in full swing, and it’s confirmed that Ubuntu 18.10 will use the theme as default. It will feature a new fresh looking icon set and a new lock screen too.

Yaru Theme Menu Ubuntu 18.04
Yaru Theme Menus Ubuntu 18.04

Yaru Theme Ubuntu 18.04
Yaru Theme desktop in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Yaru Theme Lock Screen in Ubuntu 18.04
Yaru Theme Lock Screen in Ubuntu 18.04

How to install Yaru Theme in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

The following instructions are tested to be working on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but it will work on older versions of Ubuntu from 16.04 LTS (xenial) release onwards. Snapd is installed by default in these versions.

In case you are still running older versions such as 14.04 (trusty), you need to first install snapd by entering the following command in the Terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd

The best part of this story is that the theme is now available in the Snap Store! You can install it on your current Ubuntu installation and test drive the theme. You can anytime switch back to the default theme, safely.

Step 1) Launch “Terminal”. You can use Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut.

Step 2) Enter the following command in the Terminal and press enter. Note that the theme is still called communitheme in the repo. It’s the old name and will be renamed as Yaru in the future.

sudo snap install communitheme

Step 3) Enter the root password when prompted.

Step 4) After installation is completed, wait for the message “communitheme xxx from ‘didrocks’ installed”.

Yaru Theme Installation in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Yaru Theme Installation in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Step 5) Restart the computer. At the login screen click on the settings icon and select “Ubuntu with communitheme snap” or the Wayland version just in case if you are using Wayland graphics server.


Step 6) That’s it! You should see the brand new theme in the desktop!

Kiran Kumar
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!



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