How To Install Paper Icon Theme In Linux?

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

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

Paper is a modern freedesktop icon theme whose design is based around the use of bold colours and simple geometric shapes to compose icons.

Each icon has been meticulously designed for pixel-perfect viewing.

While it does take some inspiration from the icons in Google’s Material Design, some aspects have been adjusted to better suit a desktop environment.

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 Paper Icon Theme In Ubunut/Linux Mint?

There is no official package for Paper 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 paper-icon-theme

For Arch Linux based users can easily install it with help of AUR Helper, as this package is available in AUR repository.

$ yay -S paper-icon-theme-git

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

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

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

$ cd /opt
$ git clone https://github.com/snwh/paper-icon-theme.git
$ cd paper-icon-theme
$ sudo mv Paper /usr/share/icons
$ sudo rm -Rf /opt/paper-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 Paper Icon Theme In Linux?

Once we have successfully installed the Paper 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 Paper icon theme by running the following command.

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

5) Paper Icon Theme Screenshot Tour

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

GNOME Desktop Screenshot.

Folder Icon Screenshot.

Application menu Screenshot.

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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