How To Install Papirus Icon Theme In Linux?

Initially the Papirus Icon Theme was developed for KDE desktop.

Later it was officially launched for other desktop environments too such as Gnome, Pantheon, Budgie, Cinnamon, XFCE and etc.,

It has more than 9350+ icons for different apps with three variants (Normal, Light and Dark).

There are numerous icon themes are available for Linux Desktop environments.

However, we encourage a new icon suites and can give a try once to get the difference.

Papirus is a free and open source SVG icon theme for Linux, based on Paper Icon Set with a lot of new icons and a few extras, like Hardcode-Tray support, KDE colorscheme support, Folder Color support, and others.

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.

Papirus icon theme is available in four variants:

  • Papirus
  • Papirus Dark
  • Papirus Light
  • ePapirus (for elementary OS and Pantheon Desktop)

1) How To Install Papirus Icon Theme In Linux?

We can easily install the Papirus icon theme in Linux using multiple ways.

However, the Papirus developer is offering a shell script which will download and install the latest version directly from the github repo irrespective of distribution and desktop environment.

To do so, run the following command on your terminal.

$ wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/papirus-icon-theme/master/install.sh | sh

If you would like to update the Papirus icon theme, just run the above same script, which will download a latest icon sets from the github repo.

2) 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

3) How To Enable/Activate The Papirus Icon Theme In Linux?

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

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

4) Papirus Icon Theme Screenshot Tour

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

GNOME Desktop Screenshot.

Application menu Screenshot.

Folder Icon Screenshot.

5) How To Un-Install Papirus Icon Theme In Linux?

We can easily un-install the Papirus icon theme in Linux using the below shell script.

$ wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/papirus-icon-theme/master/uninstall.sh | sh

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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