Ubuntu by default comes with Ambiance theme and few other themes like Radiance etc. But these themes are not the best out there and you may want to experiment a bit with the appearance of your computer by installing a new theme but often wonder how do I install a new theme in Ubuntu 12.04. This simple tutorial will teach you to install a theme in Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity desktop environment. Follow these simple steps:
Download the theme. If it is zipped, extract it and copy the theme folder to the following location:
If you are using the graphical way to copy it, go to your home folder and on the top panel select View and then select Show hidden files (Ctrl+H). Now you can see .themes directory in your home directory. Copying the theme is equivalent to installing a theme.
Once you have copied the theme in correct place, the next step is to use the newly installed theme. To activate the theme we will use a wonderful tool “My Unity” which is a Unity tweaking tool and can be used for various other configuration changes such as launcher, dash, panel etc. To install My Unity use the following command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):
sudo apt-get install myunity
Once you have installed the My Unity app, you can open it and move to Themes tab. Here you will see all the themes available in ~/.themes directory. Just choose your favourite theme here.
Voila! You have a brand new theme installed on your computer. Cheers :)