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#1 2019-03-26 19:55:08

C-Ren
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Registered: 2019-03-26
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How to create your own GTK+ theme?

Hi, I've been looking all over the place for documentation/guides concerning how to create a custom GTK+ theme (which I intend to use primarily with Xfce, hence my posting here). All I've really found so far amounts to Oomox (which is apparently a colour editor for certain GTK+ themes) and this GNOME wiki article which goes over the basics but doesn't feel comprehensive and furthermore is for GTK+ 2 which is significantly outdated nowadays as far as I'm aware. I'd be much obliged if someone could point me in the direction of some documentation or guide that's relevant, especially if it's suitable for someone with no experience theming desktops (like myself). Thanks.

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#2 2019-03-26 20:23:05

blueberrybrownie
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Re: How to create your own GTK+ theme?

For someone with no experience, would modifying an existing theme be easier? Creating a theme from scratch would be quite a lot of work. Even if you want to create a theme from scratch, I think looking through existing theme's css files and modifying them will help you get an understanding on how theming works smile

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#3 2019-03-26 20:52:10

C-Ren
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Re: How to create your own GTK+ theme?

blueberrybrownie wrote:

For someone with no experience, would modifying an existing theme be easier? Creating a theme from scratch would be quite a lot of work. Even if you want to create a theme from scratch, I think looking through existing theme's css files and modifying them will help you get an understanding on how theming works smile

That's a very good point, and not an approach that I hadn't considered. But without any documentation to reference, it would be difficult to get a complete understanding of what I would be experimenting with in existing themes - it'd be very much guesswork. So I'm looking for a way to support any experimentation with a reliable knowledge base.

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#4 2019-03-26 22:31:23

ToZ
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Re: How to create your own GTK+ theme?

Unfortunately, there isn't much in the way of documentation. Here are a few other links which might be of interest:
- https://developer.gnome.org/gtk3/stable/theming.html
- https://github.com/surajmandalcell/Gtk- … _themes.md

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#5 2019-03-27 17:55:05

C-Ren
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Re: How to create your own GTK+ theme?

ToZ wrote:

Unfortunately, there isn't much in the way of documentation. Here are a few other links which might be of interest:
- https://developer.gnome.org/gtk3/stable/theming.html
- https://github.com/surajmandalcell/Gtk- … _themes.md

These are useful, thanks. It surprises me that there's so little documentation for such a widely-used toolkit.

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