Purpified GTK3 version of Clearlooks-phenix theme


The Clearlooks-Phénix project aims at creating a GTK3 port of Clearlooks, the default theme for Gnome 2. Style is also included for GTK2, Unity and for Metacity, Openbox and Xfwm4 window managers.

Clearlooks-Phénix-Purpy is a variant tuned for the Devuan Jessie release

Here are screenshots (if applicable, click to see the original image):

Screenshot of a Gnome 3 desktop (fallback mode) with the Clearlooks-Phénix theme

Screenshot of gedit 3 with the Clearlooks-Phénix theme

Screenshot of GTK+ Widget Factory with the Clearlooks-Phénix theme


  • Requirements for Clearlooks-Phénix v1: packages gtk2-engines (if GTK2 applications are used) and gnome-themes-standard.

  • Requirements for Clearlooks-Phénix v2: packages gtk2-engines (if GTK2 applications are used), gnome-themes-standard and gtk3-engines-unico.

  • Requirements for Clearlooks-Phénix v3 and newer: package gtk2-engines (if GTK2 applications are used).


  • Download the appropriate version according to your situation:

    To find your GTK version:

    • You can check in your package manager the version of the package libgtk-3-0.
    • If you use Ubuntu, here's a correspondence between its versions and those of GTK (for a default installation of Ubuntu):

      • Ubuntu 11.10: GTK 3.2
      • Ubuntu 12.04: GTK 3.4
      • Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04: GTK 3.6
      • Ubuntu 13.10: GTK 3.8
      • Ubuntu 14.04: GTK 3.10
      • Ubuntu 14.10: GTK 3.12
  • Extract the archive.

  • Rename the extracted folder to Clearlooks-Phenix.

  • Copy the folder Clearlooks-Phenix in one of the following two locations:

    • ~/.themes/ for the current user;
    • /usr/share/themes/ for all users, including style for programs ran with root privileges (e.g. Synaptic).


The theme must be selected once the installation is complete:

  • On Gnome: with gnome-tweak-tool, by setting Theme > Window theme and Theme > GTK+ theme, or in a terminal:

    dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/wm/preferences/theme \'Clearlooks-Phenix\'
    dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/interface/gtk-theme \'Clearlooks-Phenix\'
  • On Xfce: by going to Settings > Appearence > Style in the main menu for the GTK theme, and to Settings > Window Manager > Style for the Xfwm4 theme, or in a terminal:

    xfconf-query -s Clearlooks-Phenix -c xfwm4 -p /general/theme
    xfconf-query -s Clearlooks-Phenix -c xsettings -p /Net/ThemeName


Desktop managed by Nautilus

By default, the font color on a desktop managed by Nautilus is black. To set it to white, open the file gtk-3.0/applications.css with a text editor, find the code relative to Nautilus:

 * Nautilus *


and uncomment it, as follows:

 * Nautilus *


To get a custom color, change the color directly in the file gtk-3.0/applications.css.

Window buttons layout

If after installing or updating Ubuntu, the window buttons are on the left side, but you want them to the right, run the following command in a terminal:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string ":minimize,maximize,close"


The wallpaper used for the Gnome 3 desktop screenshot is available in the folder wallpapers.


The icon theme used for the same screenshot is Mist, installed with the package gnome-themes, under LGPL. However, this package is no longer available with last Ubuntu versions. Here's an easy way to install Mist:

  • Download the archive of the Mist icon theme.

  • Extract the archive.

  • Copy the folder Mist in one of the following two locations:

    • ~/.icons/ for the current user;
    • /usr/share/icons/ for all users.
  • Then, choose Mist:

    • on Gnome: with gnome-tweak-tool by setting Theme > Icon theme;
    • on Xfce: by going to Settings > Appearence > Icons in the main menu.


Git is used for revision control. Repository can be browsed online or cloned.


Author: Jean-Philippe Fleury (http://www.jpfleury.net/en/contact.php)
Copyright :copyright: 2011-2014 Jean-Philippe Fleury
Copyright :copyright: 2013-2014 Andrew Shadura

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

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