Elementary OS Icon Theme 3.0 is Out for Testing – Brings New Icons, Colors, etc

I don’t think anyone who’s been using Ubuntu or follow Ubuntu related “news” needs an introduction to Elementary OS. But if you’re a bit new, then Elementary OS is a unique OS (based on Ubuntu of course) that emphasizes on simplicity and usability. And when it comes to eye-candy, well, it rocks! :).

Anyhow their upcoming OS release is code named “Luna” and is taking a bit of a time for itself at the moment. But perhaps “the wait” might be worth it as they’re doing some heavy changes to their OS.

Few hours ago, via their official Journal (blog) they said that they’ve released a refreshed icon theme (3.0, still at beta stage).

Lightened Icon colors and more …

In their own words …

… there is a lot of fragmentation around icon names. This happens when a desktop environment decides to add a prefix to it’s icon names (xfce-whatever), or when a toolkit decides to add a prefix (gtk-whatever), or when erroneous words are included (STOCK_whatever).

And what happens is that people who make icon themes end up adding symbolic links (or symlinks; a shortcut or alias) into their themes in order to try to cover all of these duplicate icon names. Well, I’ve just about had enough of this nonsense…

They’ve added more “lightning” to icons (from Dark Blue to lighter Blue for instance) and have decided to go with Yellow for Warning dialogs and Red for errors.


This actually make sense as by default most icon themes use Red for both warning and errors which kinda destroy the distinction because by “definition”, a warnings should be a bit less aggressive than errors.

Better “Warning” & “Error” representation …

Now at the time of their posting these icons weren’t in the testing PPA but they are now it seems.

So if you’re using the Elementary OS icon theme in Ubuntu and willing to do a bit of a testing (and to have a bit of a taste  of these “refreshed” icons) then you can do it by using these commands in your Terminal window. But before updating, please consider the following.

Only Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and 12.04 Precise Pangolin are supported but since they’re still at beta stage it could break your entire OS!. So please keep that in mind before proceeding.

So if you understand the risks, then open your Terminal and enter the following commands.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:elementary-os/testing

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install elementary-icon-theme

Yup that should do it. Enjoy!

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

2 thoughts on “Elementary OS Icon Theme 3.0 is Out for Testing – Brings New Icons, Colors, etc”

  1. Looks nice. I think I’ll need to auto edit my folder icons to make them yellow instead of blue but it looks like a good improvement.


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