Nice collection of icon sets for your Linux Desktop with installation instructions| Ubuntu PPA

This is a nice collection of iconsets  for your Linux Desktop, so if you are a fun of changing default themes of your Linux Distribution, then this post is for you. I tried to collect the nicest and most updated icons themes existing in this moment, i included also a detailed howto install the themes for Ubuntu/ LinuxMint and Fedora based distributions.

I tested the icon themes in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Beta1, icons did work just fine.

1- Faience:


2- Meliae Iconset theme

3- Gnome Colors

Ubuntu users, use the following PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa:gnome-colors-packagers/ppa
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install gnome-colors

4- Hydroxygen_iconset


5- Humanity Icons Colors Version

For Ubuntu & LinuxMint use the following PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ravefinity-project/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install humanity-colors

6-  Vibrant Icons

7- Awoken 2.4 (PPA Ubuntu)

8- AdriX icon theme

9- Faenza Icons:

PPA for Faenza icons for Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

How to install and activate the new icons? (detailed for newbies :)

1- Download and extract the icons :

  • cd the directory where you downloaded the icons
  • Now extract directly to /usr/share/icons, example Adrix icons theme us
sudo tar xvjf AdriX-gnome.tar.bz2 -C /usr/share/icons/ 

If the archive is use this command (Change icons-theme-name withe the name of the downloaded file):

sudo tar -xvzf -C /usr/share/icons/

 For icons with PPA use the PPA above to install them.

2- Activate the icons:

You need to install Gnome Tweak Tool, use the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

– For Fedora and other rpm based distro, as root type the following command:

yum install gnome-tweak-tool

3- Now open Gnome tweak tool and under theme choose the icon you want

I installed humanity icons theme and chosed the blue ones, this how does it looks.

For Ubuntu users, if you want more icons themes, use the following ppa, it contains a large number of icon themes. For a complete list check launchpad

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes

List of themes in this PPA can be found in this link :

Finally, if you know any nice icon-sets, please share it with us in comments,  we will add it to the post. Thanks

  • Damar Riyadi

    Nice collection, thanks for a great post!

  • aiphee

    Well, and in KDE open appearance and click on the yellow star.

  • Mike

    Faience looks suspiciously like Faenza (the best icon theme ever created) though they do seem to be made by the same person…

    On a separate note, why did KDE decide to change their icon theme to the ugliest thing I’ve seen in a long time?

  • XfceRefugee

    Dropline Neu!

  • Linux4Ever

    Very nice collection , thanks alot

  • dave

    FS Icons Ubuntu are the best ever.. and you missed them! lol.. here-

  • adriana rizzati

    You are right, I saw them just now and they are awesome!