Best Icon Themes For Ubuntu 16.04

Best icon themes for Ubuntu 16.04

Bored with the same old look of Ubuntu 16.04? Why not try one of the best icon themes for Ubuntu 16.04?

Icon themes are the best and perhaps the easiest way to change the looks of your Ubuntu desktop. It literally transforms the entire look of your desktop. If you don’t know where to begin, don’t worry. In this article, I’ll show you the best icon sets for Ubuntu and how to use them.

I have written this article keeping Ubuntu Unity in mind but almost all the icon themes should be available for Ubuntu GNOME, Kubutnu as well.

How to change icons in Ubuntu 16.04

Before we see our list of best icon themes for Ubuntu 16.04, let’s first see how to change the icons in Ubuntu.

I have already written in detail about how to change themes in Ubuntu. The steps are same here. There are basically two ways you can install icon themes in Ubuntu:

  • Downloading the theme manually and extracting them in ~/.icons (if you don’t have this directory, create it)
  • Installing the themes via a PPA (run some commands, we’ll see it later)

Either way, once you have the icon theme installed, you’ll need to use Unity Tweak Tool to change the icon theme. Install Unity Tweak Tool using the command below:

sudo apt install unity-tweak-tool

Once installed, simply run the tool and go to Icons:

Unity Tweak Tool

Here, you should be able to see the icon themes available for your system. The newly installed icon themes should be visible here.

Change Ubuntu icon themes

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Best icon themes for Ubuntu 16.04

Okay! Enough talks. Let’s see the list of best icon themes for Ubuntu 16.04. The countdown begins!!

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10. Masalla icon theme

Masalla icon theme is flat themes with vivid colors. It takes the number 10 position in our list.

Masalla icon theme Ubuntu 16.04

You can download the .deb file for installing Masalla icon theme in Ubuntu:

Download Masalla icon theme

9. Vivacious Colors icon theme

Colorful, vivid and beautiful. Vivacious Colors takes the number 9 position in our list.

Best icon theme Vivacious Ubuntu

You can install it using the following commands:

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

8. Square 2.0 Icon pack

Square and flat. Square 2.0 is another beauty that you can try.

Square icon theme Ubuntu 16.04

Use the commands below to install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons2
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install square-icons

7. Shadow icon theme

At number seven, we have Shadow icon theme. The current trend of flat icons with a little shadow has beautifully captured in Shadow icon theme.

Shadow icon theme in Ubuntu 16.04

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install shadow-icon-theme

6. Xenlism Wildfire icon theme

Minimalist? Honestly, Xenlism is more vivid and colorful than minimal. Don’t you think the same?

Xenilism icon theme Ubuntu 16.04

Use the commands below to install it:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 90127F5B
echo "deb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/xenlism-wildfire/repo deb/" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xenlism-wildfire-icon-theme

5. Dalisha icon theme

At number five, we have delicious Dalisha icon theme.

Dalisha icon theme in Ubuntu 16.04

Use the commands below to install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dalisha-icons

4. Uniform icon theme

4th position is taken by the flat and fabulous icon theme, Uniform. Don’t go by the name Uniform. These icons are hardly uniform.

Uniform icon theme in Ubuntu 16.04

You can use the commands below to install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons2
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install uniform-icons

3. Moka

Now, we are moving ahead to the top 3 position. At number three, we have Moka. Sam Hewitt‘s theme Moka is a gem. You would agree when you look at the screenshot below:

Moka icon theme Ubuntu 16.04

You can use the commands below to install Moka icon themes in Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moka/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install moka-icon-theme

2. Numix

The runner-up in our list of best icon themes for Ubuntu is Numix. You can guess the popularity of Numix theme suite from the fact that it is the default theme in several Linux distributions including Antergos and Korora Linux.

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Numix icon theme in Ubuntu

You can install Numix icon theme in Ubuntu using the commands below:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:numix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install numix-icon-theme-circle

1. Paper

And the award of best icon theme for Ubuntu goes to Paper icon theme.

Paper theme suite is developed by Sam Hewitt, the developer of Moka theme. It is inspired by Google’s material design. This flat icon theme will remind you of Android.

Papre icon theme in Ubuntu 16.04

You can use the commands below to install Paper icon themes in Ubuntu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/pulp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install paper-icon-theme

Your choice?

What do you think of this list of best icon themes for Ubuntu 16.04? Which one is your favorite icon suite?

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Any idea how to install it if you're on Debian? I get error messages. Tx

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You can download the .deb or the entire zip file.

Great article! Keep up the good work :)

Does anyone else have the same issue where some icons wont work like browser text editor and scopes

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Abhishek Prakash

It is possible that some apps may not have an equivalent icon in the icon theme.

done with process but noting is founded in tweak box!!

where's the link deadpool wallpaper, sir ? :D

where's buuf icons?

the best icon package of the world!

:v

+1 for BUUF ........ just because the earth is flat DOESN'T mean we need to have flat icons !

My favorite icon theme is La-Capitaine-icon-theme. Its inspired from Mac and Material Design Icons (both)

here is preview: https://postimg.org/image/a5eudhm9l/

hello i installed la-capitane-theme in my ubuntu 16.04 but the top bar, it show ugly, doenst show the wifi icon and the battery and sound, how can i change it. thank you

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Abhishek Prakash

Looks nice... I'll cover it.

Masalla, Xenlism Wildifre, Numix and Paper are my favorite ones from those 10.

I am a long time user of Moka and Faba but I've switched to Numix and then Paper.

Now I use Paper theme, Paper icon set and Paper cursor theme. (the itsfoss syndrome :p)

Thanks for the suggestions, they are truly noteworthy.

By the way, I think Masala is an Indian spiced milked tea.

Got milk? Get Masalla & Git Gud :D

Why do i have to install ppa to get theme ? Give us file to extract on .theme

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Abhishek Prakash

PPAs will provide you update icons. I should add the source list though :)

Ok it's great i did not think of that

My choise? Ultra-Flat.

Forgive me if I still need to wake up, but number 5 says 6 and 4 says 5. At least it looks like that (gets coffee).

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Abhishek Prakash

Thanks for pointing it out Frank. I corrected the mistakes :)

Mike tomlinsin

Linux gets better and better, watch out microsoft,apple. You can mess with firefox's

Ability to stream but you can't mess with linux WAHOOO

Won't be long till you get a tablet, that is as good as samsung's then good by windoze and crapintosh.

Paper on the #1 i don't think so, what's good about it is only folder icon.

hey buddy why don't u create a poll for best icon theme, i would agree that numix is the best but xenlism is my recent fav, and coming to themes 'adapta'. I guess our poll would be great.

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Abhishek Prakash

Nice suggestion there. I'll update the article with the poll.

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