How To Install Suru And SURU-PLUS Icon Theme On Ubuntu System

Suru icon theme came from the known developer called Sam Hewitt. He had developed other famous icon themes such as Faba icon theme, Moka icon theme and Paper icon theme.

We already wrote about these icon sets in our previous article, if you would like to visit these refer the following links.

Suggested Read :
(#) Moka – Best Icon Theme for Linux Desktop
(#) FABA – Best Icon Theme for Linux Desktop
(#) Paper – Best Icon & GTK Theme for Linux Desktop

You might have aware of this icon set because this was designed and developed by Ubuntu designer team for unity 8. It used in canonical powered Ubuntu mobile and tablet system.

Due to various reason Ubuntu has already closed the development of Ubuntu mobile system and it’s icon set. When Ubuntu developers left the project, Sam Hewitt took over the project and added the missing icons. That’s why we are enjoying suru icon in Ubuntu system.

Suru is a revitalization of the icon set that was developed for the (now defunct) Ubuntu mobile platform. The principles and styles created for Suru now serve as the basis for a new FreeDesktop icon theme. It has also been extended with a desktop cursor theme.

Note:

  • Suru for the desktop is still heavily in-development, hope it will be finished soon.
  • Developer clearly said, he is not going to support any other distributions due to some limitation (it cause a lot of bugs and increase the file size). He prefers to focusing only on Ubuntu distributions.

Original mobile application icons have been repurposed to theme their GNOME counterparts. Folder and file type icons have been added, based on a unreleased Suru concept.

Plus a complete symbolic icon set has been created, with many icons based on the original Suru system icons.

Supplementary to the icon theme is the Suru cursor theme. It has a style designed to compliment the Suru icons through subtle nods to the geometry of the icons.

Suggested Read :
(#) Check Available Icon Theme for Linux Desktop
(#) Check Available GTK Theme for Linux Desktop

This project is in active development. you can request a new icon if you want, also report a bug if you found anything.

How to Install Suru Icon Theme on Ubuntu

Since it’s available in Ubuntu default repository so, just run the below commands to install it. If you would like to have latest build one then install it through zip file.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install suru-icon-theme
$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme Suru

How to Install Suru Icon Theme on Ubuntu Manually

Follow the below steps to install latest built Suru icon theme in Ubuntu. Just clone the developer github repository and move the icon set to /usr/share/icons/.

$ cd /opt
$ sudo git clone https://github.com/snwh/suru-icon-theme.git
$ cd suru-icon-theme
$ sudo mv Suru /usr/share/icons/

How To Activate the Suru Icon Theme In Ubuntu

Launch the Gnome Tweak Tool >> Appearance >> Choose the Suru Icon from the drop-down box followed by “Icons” >> Finally close the App.

Suru Icon Theme Screenshot Tour

I have included few screen shots of Suru icon theme for reference.

How to Install SURU-PLUS Icon Theme on Ubuntu

There are plenty of missing icons in Suru icon set so, it’s better to use SURU-PLUS icon where community developers were added the missed application icons.

Follow the below steps to install latest built SURU-PLUS icon theme in Ubuntu. Just clone the developer github repository and move the icon set to /usr/share/icons/.

$ cd /opt
$ sudo git clone https://github.com/Magog64/SURU-PLUS.git
$ sudo mv SURU-PLUS /usr/share/icons/

Launch the Gnome Tweak Tool >> Appearance >> Choose the SURU-PLUS Icon from the drop-down box followed by “Icons” >> Finally close the App.

I have included few screen shots of SURU-PLUS icon theme for reference.

Magesh Maruthamuthu

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