zonColor Themes Pack

Beautiful themes, your own colors, unlimited!

zonColor Themes Pack 1.6.5
Updated: 2013-06-30

zonColor themes example variants. Make it your own!

zonColor Themes Pack is a complete set of elegant themes for Ubuntu and other GTK-based Linux desktops, aimed to bring professional looking and at the same time highly customizable (particularly in color customizations) themes, so that you can easily use/apply your very own color combination/color palette/color scheme for the themes.

With complete theme set components provided (GTK/window themes, icons, wallpapers, shell themes, plus some customization utilities), you can easily mix and match them to make consistent looking theme set.

But zonColor is more than just a theme collection; theme templates are also available for you to create unlimited variants. The themes have been designed to be modified easily, without having to modify theme codes/materials directly.

Not only the color of basic/common items (such as color of base, bg, or selected item in GTK themes and folder icons in icon themes), color definition can be assigned specifically for many theme's elements/icon types, such as the header, menubar, etc in GTK themes, and/or actions, folders, display/monitor type icons, etc in icon themes, and even the colors of wallpaper image.

For you who are not interested to customize, you can simply use any of many theme presets included.

zonColor icon-themes example variants.

zonColor wallpapers example variants.


Supported Desktop/Session

Primarily, zonColor themes (GTK-themes, icons, cursors, wallpapers) are designed for GNOME/Xfce/LXDE desktop, but maybe it can be used also in any recent versions of other GTK-based desktop/sessions.

As for zonColor app, it may come with limitations in some desktop sessions/environments.
  • zonColor app fully supports GNOME-based desktop (Unity, GNOME 3 Shell/Classic, Cinnamon, GNOME 2, MATE, Pantheon) and Xfce.
  • LXDE desktop can use/generate themes, but the main zonColor app cannot be used to enable them. You can use special utility for LXDE (experimental, available in 'xtra' folder) to enable theme set.
  • Other desktop environment may or may not be supported.



Basically, if you are using Ubuntu (Unity) 12.04/12.10/13.04+ or Linux Mint (Cinnamon/Mate) 13/14/15+, you are ready to use the themes and app without having to install additional packages (except that if you want to generate icon/wallpaper variants you need to install inkscape and imagemagick).

Requirements in detail:
  • For GTK-Themes

    • GTK engines:
      • GTK 3.4+ (for GTK3 apps/GNOME3-based desktop e.g. Ubuntu 12.04+)
      • GTK 2.20+ (for GTK2 apps/GNOME2-based desktop e.g. Ubuntu 10.04)
      • Murrine 0.98.1+ and Pixbuf 2.20+ GTK2 engines (for GTK 2 apps)
      • Optional: Unico GTK3-engine
      Install GTK-engines (Ubuntu/Debian/Mint):
      sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf gtk3-engines-unico
    • Window decorator:
      • Metacity (or Mutter/Muffin/Marco/Gala) or Xfwm, or Openbox
  • For GNOME Shell Themes

    • "user-theme" GNOME Shell extension
    Install from official repository (Ubuntu/Debian/Mint):
    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions
    Or go to and install via: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/19/user-themes/
    After installing the extension from GNOME website, you may need to setup "schema file". Read more: http://www.fandigital.com/a/fix-user-themes-gnome-shell-extension
  • For Generating Icon/Wallpaper Variants

    • Inkscape
    • ImageMagick
    Install via terminal (Ubuntu/Debian/Mint):
    sudo apt-get install inkscape imagemagick
  • For App/Script

    • Bash
    • Zenity
    Install via terminal (Ubuntu/Debian/Mint):
    sudo apt-get install bash zenity



zonColor Themes Pack 1.6.5

Updated: 2013-06-30

Change Log

  • 1.6.5 (2013-06-30) ==> More info/screenshots
    • Improved, tweaked, fixed various icons/GTK/window/shell themes.
    • Added GTK/window theme templates RedmondModern.
    • Added actions/apps/devices/emblems/status/symbolic icons.
    • Added window themes (metacity/xfwm/openbox).
    • Added special utility for LXDE desktop (experimental).
    • Added some simple fix utilites.
    • Added color tool script to generate color shading/mixing.
    • Improved openbox themes thanks to new color tool.
  • 1.6.1 Tesing (2013-06-07) (work in progress) ==> More info/screenshots
    • Fixed MATE panel menubar font color, Openbox themes.
  • 1.6 Tesing (2013-06-05) (work in progress) ==> More info/screenshots
    • Added feature to create GTK-themes using templates.
    • Added support for latest version of various desktops (GNOME/GTK 3.8, Cinnamon 1.8, etc.).
    • Added some new Xfwm (Xfce window manager) themes.
    • More features are coming, i.e. to create window decoration themes.
  • 1.1 (2013-01-15) ==> More info/screenshots
    • Added "Ubuntu Phone" wallpaper + color variants + template.
    • Added "start-here" icons + changer script, some presets.
    • Fixed text-color on non-GTK w/ dark color scheme, other fixes.
    • Removed unneeded codes, updated documentation/README files.
  • 1.0.5 (2013-01-05) ==> More info/screenshots
    • GTK-color-scheme support Xfce 4.10 (Xubuntu 12.10)
    • Xfwm themes zoncolorLittle, zoncolorXtra-Cupertino
    • Added icons: go-home, etc
    • Added reset script into main folder.
    • Updated documentation/README files.
  • 1.0 (2013-01-01)
    • Initial release


Install/Uninstall and Use zonColor Themes/App

Please see README files before using zonColor

You can use installation launcher/script provided to install/uninstall zonColor-Themes-Pack (includes themes and app). When you run the installation script, it should show you a dialog window which lets you choose to install or uninstall zonColor themes/app.

Note that you need to use zonColor app/script to customize themes, either by installing it and then apply a config simply by double-clicking it, or by executing zoncolor app everytime you want apply customizations.

If you just want to install or use zonColor themes (but WITHOUT customization), you can always install/enable themes usual way:
  • Extract the downloaded archive, then browse 'zoncolor' folder within the extracted folder. There you can find many gtk-themes, icon-themes, wallpapers. See README files within each folder for more info on installation.
  • To enable themes, you can use zonColor app launcher/script provided, or use an appearance preferences utility/app e.g. GNOME Tweak Tool.

If you want to uninstall zonColor themes, it is recommended to run the RESET utility (should be in the main folder or in 'zoncolor' folder) first before uninstalling, especially if you are still using a zonColor theme.

If you are using GNOME-based desktop (e.g. Ubuntu), you can enable a "theme-set" config straight away without installing zonColor app, by executing zonColor app/launcher provided and then select a zonColor config file (*.zcfg file).

For your info, zonColor app is not only for enabling/generating zoncolor themes, but it can be used also to enable existing GTK theme, icon theme, and set an image as wallpaper. Read the README file for more info.


Support zonColor

Making the artwork and themes and making them as easy to customize as possible take a lot of time and effort. If you like this project and/or the themes/app and wish to see it developed even more, please consider donating for its continuation.

Please send donation via PayPal to: zonsbox at gmail.com --- Donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your very kind support.


Additional Info


zonColor is licensed under GNU GPL version 3 or later.


Special thanks to the following projects team for their awesome themes and their hardwork:
  1. GNOME-Colors by GNOME Colors Team.
  2. Oxygen Icon Theme by Oxygen Team.
  3. Light Themes by Ubuntu Team/Canonical.
Please see CREDITS file in 'zoncolor' folder for detailed list of credits.


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