How To Install Faba Icon Theme In Linux?

Faba is part of MOKA Project. It was designed by Sam Hewitt and he has designed few famous icon sets.

Such as Moka icon theme, Paper icon theme and Suru icon theme.

Faba is a sexy and modern FreeDesktop icon set with Tango and elementary influences.

It was designed with simplicity and compliance to icon standards in mind.

It purpose is to serve as a base icon theme to other themes (such as Moka).

Both icon sets looks similar but there are numerous differences.

As such, Faba is only comprised of minimal set of icons for the system, select apps, folders, mime types, toolbars, etc.

To extend Faba, there is also a monochrome icon theme for paneled desktop environments.

It completely changes your desktop look and feel.

It supports all major Linux distributions and desktop environments such as Gnome, Cinnamon, xfce, etc,.

We had written many article about Icon Themes and GTK Themes. You can access those in single click by navigating the appropriate link in this article.

1) How To Install Faba Icon Theme In Ubunut/Linux Mint?

There is no official package for Faba icon theme. Hence, we need to manually install it.

However, developer is offering a PPA for Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distributions.

To do so, run the following commands.

$ sudo add-apt-repository -u ppa:snwh/ppa
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt-get install faba-icon-theme faba-mono-icons

2) How To Install Faba Icon Theme Manually In Linux?

If your distribution doesn’t provide the Faba icon theme, don’t worry we can easily install it manually with few steps.

To do so, visit the Faba icon theme github page and clone the repository and follow the below procedure to install it.

$ cd /opt
$ sudo git clone https://github.com/snwh/faba-icon-theme.git
$ cd faba-icon-theme
$ sudo mv Faba /usr/share/icons
$ sudo rm -Rf /opt/faba-icon-theme

3) How To Install Gnome Tweak Tool In Gnome Desktop?

The GNOME Tweak Tool is an extension of the GNOME shell that can be used to customize the Gnome desktop appearance.

Run the following command to install the Gnome tweak tool on Gnome desktop environment.

$ sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

$ sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool

4) How To Enable/Activate The Faba Icon Theme In Linux?

Once we have successfully installed the Faba icon theme, it’s time to enable it.

To do so, follow the below procedure and enable it based on the desktop environment.

  • GNOME Desktop: Gnome Tweak Tool >> Appearance >> Choose the Icon from the drop-down box followed by “Icons” >> Finally close the App
  • Unity Desktop: Unity Tweak Tool >> Appearance >> Icon >> Choose the desired icon from the list >> Finally close the App
  • Cinnamon Desktop: Menu >> Appearances >> System Settings >> Theme >> Choose the desired icon from the drop-down box >> Finally close the System Settings
  • LXDE Desktop: Menu >> Appearances >> Customize Look and Feel >> Icon Theme >> Choose the desired icon from the list >> Apply >> Finally close
  • XFCE Desktop: Menu >> Settings >> Appearance >> Icons “Choose the desired icon from the list” >> Finally close

Alternatively you can set the Faba icon theme by running the following command.

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme "Faba"

5) Faba Icon Theme Screenshot Tour

Yup, we have successfully installed and activated the Faba icon theme. Now, it’s time to see the look.

GNOME Desktop Screenshot.

Folder Icon Screenshot.

Application menu Screenshot.

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