Spice up Your Linux Desktop with Shadow Icon Theme

Icon themes are the little things that make a big difference in the visuals of your desktop. Until you get the right icons to match your desktop environment and the wallpaper, your desktop is not complete. You have to get that feeling of perfection when you look at your desktop. What I’m trying to say is, icon themes are really important.

Shadow Icon Theme

GNOME shell has a huge range of icon themes. Today, let’s have a look at the vibrant Shadow icon theme.

If you need something that is eye-catching, something that showcases vibrant, bright colors, while still maintaining a sense of uniformity across all the icons, look no more. Shadow icon theme is right for you.

Shadow Icon Theme

Shadow Icon Theme contains nearly 900 app icons. So whatever you install on your computer, will get a nice colorful icon. The shadow trail on the lower left of the icons brings about a feeling of uniformity. These icons look particularly good stacked in the dash of your Ubuntu.

Installing Shadow icon theme

On Arch Linux/ Manjaro/ Antergos, install Shadow Icon Theme from the AUR by running the below command in the terminal

yaourt -S shadow-icon-theme

On Ubuntu/ Linux Mint/ Elementary OS and other distros based on Ubuntu, run the below commands one by one:

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

You can use Shadow Icon Theme using the Tweak Tool(s) in your distribution.

While we’re at it, also check out the best icon themes for Ubuntu. We’ve got pretty good selections.

Users of other Linux distributions can download the tar file from openDesktop and extract the content in ~/.icons directory:

Download Shadow Icons

And if you need a hand with the wallpapers, don’t forget to check out WallpaperDownlader, an automated wallpaper downloader, and manager.

Wrapping up

Whatever distro or desktop environment you are running, Shadow Icons don’t fail to give a boost to the aesthetics. Do give it a try. Also, use the comments section below and let us know what icon themes you think totally rock the desktop. We will be happy to hear. Cheers.

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  • Abhishek, great job as always.
    Could you please make some review of icon themes for KDE.
    I’ve noticed that most of the icon themes don’t have full KDE support and some icons are missing.
    For instance in Dolphin there might be missing icons for Recently Saved Section in left bar, also toolbar icons might be missing.
    Also, it would be nice to get information how to recolor some icon theme folders.
    I really like Pop icon theme but don’t like it’s default places colors.