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Zukitwo by lassekongo83 Zukitwo by lassekongo83
Important note: This theme is designed for Gnome 3.14. May or may not work with other versions of Gnome-shell and GTK.

Get the absolute latest version from github:…

Old versions can be found here:
Click: Browse code > View revision > download tarball.


The included INSTALL file have all the installation instructions.

- GTK2 engine Murrine or later.
- GTK2 pixbuf engine or the gtk(2)-engines package.

Fedora/RedHat distros:
yum install gtk-murrine-engine gtk2-engines

Ubuntu/Mint/Debian distros:
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine gtk2-engines-pixbuf

pacman -S gtk-engine-murrine gtk-engines

Search for the engines in your distribution's repository or install the engines from source.

Since Gnome 3.14 you may have to use the default icon theme or an icon theme compatible with Gnome 3.14. There may be some issues with the theme if you for example use the Faenza icon theme or any other outdated theme that haven't been updated for Gnome 3.14.


Font: Droid Sans
Icons: Faenza-Dark

License: GPL

Known bugs:

- The IDE software Eclipse/Aptana may have some strange color bugs. If you know of any fixes, please let me know.

- Libreoffice have a bug that displays active text color on menus wrong. It's a libreoffice bug primarily.



- Some tweaks and fixes.</sub>

- Updated for Gnome 3.14.
- New shell theme for all Zuki* themes.

- GTK3: Fixed CSD fallback menu button.
- GTK3: Fixed some other bugs and made some minor improvements.

- GTK3: Fixed progressbar through.
- Assets: Better focused button border.

- GTK3: Some minor bugfixes.

- GTK3: Added support for unity client side decoration. (This package is still only for GTK 3.12 though. Ubuntu 14.04 uses GTK 3.10.)
- GTK3: Improved progressbars a bit.
- GTK3: Added the metacity buttons to the client side decorations.

- Updated to work with Gnome 3.12.
Note: Don't upgrade if you're still using an earlier version of Gnome.
You can grab earlier versions here:

- Added an index.theme file.
- GTK3: Sidebar hover effect added in Nautilus/Nemo.
- GTK3/2: Various tweaks.
- Shell: Removed the arrow on the app-menu (and other stuff) to make it look like it did before 3.10.

- GTK2: Thunar style added.
- GTK3: Fixed border below active tabs.

- GTK3: Better column headers. Nemo fixes. Fixed fine-tune scrollbar.
- GTK2: Removed unused assets for outdated apps.

- GTK3/Shell: A couple of fixes.

- GTK3: Updated to work with Gnome 3.10. The theme will break in earlier versions of Gnome-shell. Grab earlier versions here:
- Shell theme: Revamped (Again!). :-P

- GTK3: Client Side Decoration CSS added. (For wayland.)
- GTK3: Support .rubberband in .content-view plus some more fixes.
- Mutter/Metacity: Fixed left aligned buttons and removed unused assets.

- Mutter theme: Fixed a lot of stuff.
- Legacy metacity theme: New everything.
- GTK3: Improved scale troughs.

- Mutter/Metacity: Previous release used the Zukiwi borders, this has now been fixed.
- Shell theme: New scrollbars and checkbuttons.

- ALL: Updated to work with Gnome 3.8. If you use Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 (or 12.10) I would not recommend an upgrade. It should work, but there may be some issues with the gnome-shell theme because 13.04 will use Gnome 3.6 components.
- ALL: New borders, switches, sliders, progressbars etc. New look for menus and stuff in the gnome-shell theme.

- GTK3/Mutter: Some minor bug fixes.

- GTK3: Some bug fixes and some changes to the treeview list.
- GTK3: Nemo style added.
- GTK2: Fixes for xfce-panel. (May behave a bit inconsistent with some applets.)
- XFWM4: Left and right border now 2px in size because of a xorg or driver bug that made them invisible.

- GTK3: New switch buttons. Active focus border added. Better tabs and column headers. Some other minor fixes.

- Shell theme: Some fixes and default font changed from Liberation to Droid. (Make sure to include ttf-droid to the depends if you're maintaining a package of this.)
- GTK3/GTK2: Separators added to menus.
- GTK3: Improved button borders.
- GTK3: Some other minor fixes and tweaks.

- Unity: Changed the panel color to match the rest of the theme, plus added the new buttons.
- GTK3: Osd support added.
- GTK3: Several fixes and some minor changes.

- GTK3: Some minor improvements and bug fixes.
- Shell theme: Switch buttons now visible again.
- XFWM4: Updated the theme to the new look. (If you don't have any left or right borders see:… )

- GTK3/GTK2/Metacity: Some bug fixes.
- GTK3: Some minor improvements to linked buttons and entrys.

- GTK3/Shell: Updated to work with Gnome (GTK+) 3.6. Will break in any earlier or later versions of Gnome.
- Shell theme: Changed the previous look on buttons and borders etc. Made the panel a bit darker.
- Mutter: New buttons taken from my previous Zukiwi theme.

Note: Because Gnome 3.6 is the worst release of Gnome so far - this theme no longer contains Zukitwo-Dark. I had no motivation to maintain it any longer. There are also plenty of old and new bugs plus regressions.

This theme also no longer requires the Unico GTK3 engine.

Previous changelog became too long. It's now purged.

- First release.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-06-14
Zukitwo by ~lassekongo83 As suggester said - "This design is the most advanced for GNOME right now." Indeed, very professionally made theme suite which includes GTK2, GTK3 and GNOME Shell themes. ( Suggested by Anarchtic and Featured by Alexander-GG )
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   General Artist
Gorgeous theme!
ciupenhauer Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Hi, would love if you could update this to 3.16. This is by far the best theme out there and only one I can use. thanx
VincentF98 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
On Gnome 3.16 the titlebars don't look right in all applications.
this should fix it:…
ciupenhauer Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
big thanx, unusable without this
pmlsantos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Love this! =)
But i have an issue...
see pic please. Close icon is buggy.. firefox too for example has that close icon..
Any solution?
pmlsantos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
forgot to change GTK+..
But now is wrong too..
sturgelose Featured By Owner Edited Feb 22, 2015
I have the same issue in Linux Mint. Any idea how to solve it? (Browsing how to solve this weird lines at the moment)

If it wasn't for the lines, right now my PC would look perfect!
beta992 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2015
No problems here, seems you are not running all Gnome components.
Please post your problem on your Distro-forum. :)


Good 2015 for you lassekongo83!
Hope you can update your themes and bring more new features soon! :D
mdbp Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
I liked the old shell theme better, without the "logo" and more transparent look. Love the theme though, first thing I always install!
beta992 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Looks good! I really like the flat tabs, hope this get's default (for apps). :)
michal2105 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Hi, you do the great work!
Please, could you update Zukitwo-dark-shell theme for Gnome 3.14. It's  the best theme ever...!
Thanks a lot!
jayr0 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
is it suppose to be solid black (top panel) or is it suppose to be transparent?
lassekongo83 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Preview image haven't been updated for the current release. It's supposed to be just slightly transparent with no gradient these days.
jayr0 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
must be missing something mines solid black & has a sideways s in it
goopen Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Awesome work. How did you remove the ugly borders around the image previews? Is it controlled by gtkrc?
tedil Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just some thumbs up from me. I've been using Zukitwo for quite some time now, all the while giving different themes a spin, but zukitwo is just the most pleasing *for me*. Keep up that work ;)
MaMuS Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
There seems to be a little regression where the toolbar in gtk3 apps is way slimmer than it should be:…
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
looking nice and smooth! well done!
Mrtank116 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Im on linux mint and I have created shade buttons for the gtk theme, how do I implement them?
Magnusmaster Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Please update this gorgeous theme for GTK+ 3.14! GNOME broke it again :(
lassekongo83 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
The latest version can now be grabbed from github:…
There may however be some weird bugs here and there.
lassekongo83 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
It's probably going to take a while. So many changes in this release... :/
xX-Deminu-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks incredible, will definitely give it a shot ;) I especially like how you've gone with the Mac-esque clean/light look while at the same time maintaining originality. Great job!
detly Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
In Ubuntu 14.04 (under Gnome Shell/GTK3 3.10 and Unity 7.2.2), background tabs in Nautilus and other applications appear to be black. I realise this is for Gnome 3.12, but the Launchpad page listing older versions has no download for 3.10, and there's no PPA for Gnome 3.12 that actually works. Is a bug in the theme, or an incompatibility? Is it possible to find a version of the theme for 3.10?
lassekongo83 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014… click download tarball.
detly Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Thanks! I ended up reverting to Gnome 3.10, and this works well.
detly Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
I added the Gnome 3.12 PPA, and carefully upgraded the packages that could be upgraded. It looks like it is an incompatibility, because the problem is gone now. Thanks for the great theme :)
behmn Featured By Owner Edited Jul 14, 2014
Really awesome theme. Thank you. I am glad that XFCE becomes available for users who are aware of art.
I found a little bug in the theme though. The systray is has a light background while the whole panel is dark.
Could you fix that, please?

I tried it myself, but I can't find a way...

Check it out here:…
eonghk Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I'm using Gnome 3.12 and I tried your theme. Is there a window theme working with the GTK theme? I want the beautiful icons at the right top corner.  :)
here is a screenshot.…
ThaFitoS Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Those new tabs look AWESOME.
sinecarne Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
is the metacity theme different for focused and unfocused windows? titlebars seem to be darker on unfocused windows, which doesn't fit
sinecarne Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
as you can see here:…
gnome-mplayer is focused, geany and file manager aren't - those unfocused windows have a darker background. it doesn't seem intended.
hamishpaulwilson Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
I would appreciate it if the menu bars (File, Edit, etc) would be made the same pixel size in both the GTK2 and GTK3 versions. I had this with my last theme until I was forced to switch thanks to GTK 3.12, and since I am using Xfce I switch between applications using both versions a lot.
ScionicSpectre Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing- thanks for keeping up the hard work. Now that the major widgets featured in GNOME 3's concepts are here in 3.12, I'm hoping there won't be a great deal of discrepancy with future GTK releases.
iamajd Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your work.  I've used several different GS and gtk2/3 themes over the years but I often come back to Zukitwo.  It's just... simple and beautiful.  I also really appreciate that you keep your projects up-to-date.  A lot of themers for GNOME have abandoned their creations so it means a lot to me that in all the disorder, Zukitwo is always there.  I'm really looking forward to GNOME 3.12 hitting the main arch repos so I can update to your latest versions (and because the new features look great!).
RainbowDash2k14 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
This is purely amazing. Any donation possibilities? 
iamajd Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
This is an excellent question.  I look forward to the answer.
RainbowDash2k14 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
I suggest lassekongo83 to make a short one-page website for Zukitwo to make the theme more visible and provide the donation possibilities there!
nekron29 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
I agree :) ! Mattias any thoughts on that?
beta992 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Great update! :D
Keep up the good work. :)
milKShape Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
canaris1780 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
In the changelog, I belive the date is 29.03.2014.
Nice theme. Keep it alive.
TaylanTatli Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love this theme but it's not good enough with mate. :( Can you add mate specific tweaks to your theme?
stanryroo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
What toolbar are you using? Looks cool.
soeren-can Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Thanks for the great theme, loving it! One "bug" though for me: In Evince and Rhythmbox all menu captions are bright white instead of dark. Is this a GTK3 issue or simply a problem on my end (running Debian Wheezy)? Thanks again for your great work!!
cacamailg Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
can you provide a light version of the panel for the xfce panel?
NonEqual Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
First of all, this theme is still the best for linux systems. Nice piece of art.

I have a question regarding the Nemo-Filebrowser. The Back- & Forward button and the Breadcrumbs not look like in nautilus.

Is there a way to make them look like in Nautilus? Or is this a bug on my system?
milKShape Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Deisso Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
forget what i said, nUmix doesn't stand a chance
Deisso Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
amazing, this is a good competitor with Numix Project's Themes
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