Installing beautiful, flat Arc theme on Fedora 22/23

Arc is a beautiful, flat theme for GTK 2 and GTK 3 powered desktop environments including GNOME Shell, Cinnamon, Unity, MATE, Budgie, Pantheon, Xfce ..etc. Arc is default theme used in some distributions like Linux Lite, Solus ..etc.

Arc themes comes in three different varieties which includes Simply Arc, Arc Dark and Arc Darker. Simple Arc theme uses same color for windows and title bars, Arc Dark uses dark colored windows and title bars and Arc Darker uses dark colored title bar and light colored windows.

This guide will help you to install Arc theme in Fedora Workstation. Even though this tutorial is written for Fedora 22 and Fedora 23, the custom installation can also be used with later versions of Fedora, provided, development team updates theme to match with future requirements.

Arc theme on Fedora 23 Budgie Desktop

Removing previous installations (If any)

If you have already installed any previous versions of Arc theme, it is better to remove it to avoid any possible conflicts. You may use following command to remove previous installations.
$ sudo rm -rf /usr/share/themes/{Arc,Arc-Darker,Arc-Dark}
$ rm -rf ~/.local/share/themes/{Arc,Arc-Darker,Arc-Dark}
$ rm -rf ~/.themes/{Arc,Arc-Darker,Arc-Dark}

Installing Arc theme from repository

The Arc developers has created repositories for installing Arc theme. So If you prefer to use this version of Arc theme, you will have to grab these repositories and install theme using `dnf` utility.

# Fedora 23
$ cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
$ sudo wget
$ sudo dnf install arc-theme

# Fedora 22
$ cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
$ sudo wget
$ sudo dnf install arc-theme 

Installing Arc theme from source code

If you are trying to install Arc theme in any Fedora release other than 22 and 23, or if you prefer to install latest version of Arc theme, it is recommended to install Arc theme from source code, which again a straight forward process and only requires a few commands.

But as prerequisites, you need to have following utilities/tools installed in your system.
  • autoconf
  • automake
  • pkgconfig
  • gtk3-devel
  • git (if you are fetching theme source code using git command)
Once, you've these tools installed, you can following commands to install Arc theme.
$ git clone --depth 1 && cd arc-theme
$ ./ --prefix=/usr
$ sudo make install

Activating Arc theme

Now you have successfully installed Arc theme in your Fedora system. You can use Arc theme as any other theme. It's activation is completely dependent on the Desktop environment that you are using. For example, if you are using GNOME shell, you will have to install gnome-tweak-tool to change theme(Of course, command line options is there). For other environments, generally, you can find theme settings/appearance settings pre-installed.

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