Not satisfied with the default Ambiance theme in Ubuntu? Why not use another theme to change the looks of your desktop by changing the themes? If you are not sure of what themes would be good for you, I have listed here the best themes for Ubuntu 13.10. Before we see the themes, a quick word on how to use these themes.
Installing themes in Ubuntu 13.10
There are two ways to use themes in Ubuntu, either you add it via a PPA or you download the file. If you download the theme file, extract it to ~/.themes or /user/share/themes directory. If you add it via PPA, nothing special needed.
Next step is to use the installed themes. You can use Unity Tweak Tool to apply the installed themes. Refer to this article for a screenshot tutorial on how to install themes in Ubuntu 13.10.
Best themes for Ubuntu 13.10 Unity:
Most of the themes are divided in themes and icon set. I would advise to install both themes and icons from the same set to make it look more beautiful. Without further ado, lets see the list of best themes for Ubuntu 13.10:
Numix is certainly a beautiful theme. With flat and circle icons, it integrates perfectly in Unity environment. Use the following command in terminal to install Numix theme and icons set:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install numix-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme numix-icon-theme-circle numix-wallpaper-saucy
Beautiful, isn’t it? Use the following commands to install Moka GTK theme and icons set:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/moka-gtk-theme-daily sudo add-apt-repository ppa:snwh/moka-icon-theme-daily sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install moka-gtk-theme moka-icon-theme moka-icon-theme-symbolic moka-icon-theme-extras
zonColor is a pack of several themes that varies between light to dark and various colors. It also has its own icons set. Use the following commands to install zonColor themes and icons set:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install zoncolor-themes zoncolor-icons
Nokto does not have its own icon set. Nevertheless its a beautiful dark theme. To install Natko theme, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install nokto-theme
Like Nokto, Flattastic too does not have its own icon set but you can use any flat icon set with it as it blends very well. Though its not available through PPA, you can install it by downloading the files from here. Once downloaded, extract the zipped file to /usr/share/themes directory. Later you can use Unity Tweak Tool to use the theme.
And that ends the list of 5 best themes for Ubuntu 13.10. You may want to check similar article that lists the best icon sets for Ubuntu. What you think of these themes? Do you have a hot favorite theme apart from those mentioned here? Do share it with us.