Looking for ways to beautify your system running Ubuntu 14.04? Why not change the icon themes? If you are not aware of some good icon sets, I have compiled a list of some best icon set for Ubuntu 14.04 and 15.10. But before we look at the icons, lets first see how to use the icon themes.
How to use a new icon set in Ubuntu:
You can install a new icon set in two ways. One is by adding a PPA. You add the PPA, install the icon set. But you won’t find icon sets for all the icon themes. Therefore, the other way round is to download the compressed file and extract it to ~/.icons. If this directory doesn’t exist, create one using the following command:
The icons extracted in the above directory will be available for the current user only. If you want the icons to be available for all the users, you should extract the icons to /usr/share/icons.
Now, once you have installed the icon set, you can use a Unity Tweak Tool to change the icon theme. Use the following command to install Unity Tweak Tool:
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool
Once installed, run the tool and click on Icons under Appearance section:
You can select your preferred icon set among the available ones here. Now you now how to change icons in Ubuntu, lets take a look at some of the best icon themes for Ubuntu.
Best icon themes for Ubuntu 14.04 & 14.10:
Without wasting further time, lets see some beautiful icon sets available for Ubuntu Unity (and perhaps Gnome as well, not tested):
To install Moka in Ubuntu and other similar distributions, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moka/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install moka-icon-theme
In the image above you can see Numix Circle icon theme. A few more similar themes along with some wallpapers are available in the Numix PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install numix-icon-theme numix-icon-theme-circle
You can get the Uniform icon themes from the link below:
You can download the flat icon themes Plateau from the link below:
Simple [Gnome only]:
Below is the download link for Simple icons for Gnome:
The list ends here for the time being but it is not final. I’ll be adding more icon themes in the list over the time. Meanwhile, do share if you have some favorite(s) which is not included in this list of best icon themes or Ubuntu.