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Murrine Unity Theme


GTK 2.x Theme/Style

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Murrine Unity Theme

Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  5182
Submitted:  Jul 5 2010
Updated:  Jun 20 2011


I created this theme for a couple of reasons:
1. I wanted to learn more about GTK and Metacity theme creation/modification.
2. I wanted to come up with a theme that was clean and simple but not too simple.
After a couple of days of work, this theme was born. I felt like the name "Unity" fit because this theme created a sense of similarity or unity between various elements without being either too boring or too outlandish. Or at least to me it does. :-)

I'm by no means an expert with GTK and Metacity themes, so I'm sure there's room for improvement. I've tried to test this theme as thoroughly as possible on my native distribution (Arch Linux) so hopefully there aren't any glaring errors. If you have any feedback you'd like to share, please feel free to e-mail me.

I'm a big fan of the GNOME-Colors Icons by perfectska04 (Victor C.):

Of course, you're welcome to use any icon theme you want, but these are my personal favorites.

I also like the color schemes from the GNOME-Colors project by perfectska04 (Victor C.):

This them is licensed under the GPL. You're welcome to modify, release, and distribute this theme however you wish. Improve it, package it for your favorite distribution, share it...but most of all, I hope you enjoy using it!


GTK Theme
Versions of this theme prior to version 0.4 required a GIT version of the Murrine GTK engine. As of version 0.4, options that are not present in the stable version of the Murrine engine (0.98 as of the release date of version 0.6) have been removed.

Panel background image and general inspiration from Murrine-Colors theme by perfectska04 (Victor C.):

Metacity Theme
Was originally based on Metacity portion of "Masa-Colors Unity" theme by klausdiemaus (Benjamin Hardy):

I've also found that this theme works well with the "Equinox Evolution Rounded" Metacity theme which is
part of the Equinox GTK engine download available at:


20110619 (June 19, 2011)
-General code cleanup
-Made the background color slightly darker.
-Changed the tooltip background color back to the yellow color used in the Clearlooks color scheme.
-Made the unfocused notebook tabs darker so that the focused tab stands out more. (Thanks to ermo for suggesting this change!)
-Changed the prelight color for buttons and scrollbars. (Thanks to ermo for suggesting this change!)
-Added a gradient to the scrollbar trough to make the scrollbar easier to see. (Thanks again to ermo for this suggestion!)

20110222 (February 22, 2011)
-Changed version numbering scheme.
-GTK: Cleaned up a little of the code in the gtkrc file. Didn't affect the appearance of the theme at all.

v0.7 (January 17, 2011)
-Metacity: Changed back to style used in v0.5.
-Also created and released matching themes for Openbox, XFCE and Emerald.

v0.6.1 (November 30, 2010)
-Fixed a problem with permissions that prevented the Metacity theme from installing correctly.

v0.6 (November 29, 2010)
-GTK: Added the "arrowstyle" option to give the theme nice filled-in arrows. This option was introduced in version 0.98 of the Murrine engine.
-GTK: Changed the contrast value to 1.0 globally, to make everything stand out just a bit more.
-Metacity: Complete redesign of the titlebar, especially the buttons.

v0.5 (August 25, 2010)
-Turned this into a single theme for greater simplicity and ease of use. Feel free to change the color scheme however you wish. The default color scheme is the same one used for the Clearlooks theme. Thanks to Padster for the idea!
-GTK: Fix text color on progressbars...text was black in filled area when it should have been white, making it hard to read with certain color schemes.
-GTK: Change padding values for treeview headers...the padding values in version 0.4 just seemed too big to me after using it for a while.

v0.4 (July 31, 2010)
-GTK: Many changes - theme was pretty much rebuilt from the ground up. Options not available in the stable version of the Murrine engine have been removed. Other important changes were to lighten the background color a fair bit and to fix the background of the Nautilus sidebar. It's now white as it should be, instead of matching the background color.

v0.3 (July 17, 2010)
-GTK: Added a gradient to the scrollbar & progressbar trough
-GTK: Minor tweaks to progressbars
-GTK: Fixed issue with borders on combo boxes

v0.2 (July 10, 2010)
-GTK: Fixed issue which was causing text boxes in toolbars to not have borders. Thanks to drazzard for pointing this issue out!!
-GTK: Minor tweaks to color values used for highlighted objects (buttons & scrollbars in particular)
-GTK: Added handles to sliders, to match the style used for scrollbars
-GTK: Added a subtle border to buttons to make them stand out just a bit more
-GTK: Changed listview header style
-GTK: Minor tweaks to progressbar
-Metacity: Centered title text
-Metacity: Removed "grill mark" from titlebar
-Metacity: Changed color selections for active and inactive titlebar text, they are now based on the GTK theme colors
-Metacity: Shifted titlebar text up slightly to prevent bottoms of letters from getting cut off on occasion
-Metacity: Re-edited & re-colored some of the titlebar buttons

v0.1 (July 4, 2010)
Initial release.

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 zero byte file

 by Ogregore on: Dec 1 2010
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Got the same error and realized that the unexpected end is because the file is zero bytes. Maybe re-upload?

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 Re: zero byte file

 by tad1073 on: Dec 1 2010
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Have you re-uploaded it yet?

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 Theme re-uploaded

 by celticmusicguy on: Dec 1 2010
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I just finished re-uploading the theme and it should be working now. Thanks for letting me know about the problem and my apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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 very nice!!!

 by max07011972 on: Jan 18 2011
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I was looking to a beautifull theme ,not dark and not looks like other operating system.I'm using ubuntu and this theme is very good for it,maybe could have a chance to be one of newer theme.Personally this appear more beautifull installed than the preview.Keep going man!!!

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 Excellent theme!

 by ermo on: Jun 8 2011
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I registered just to let you know that this theme ROCKS!

I use it with the axiom http://xfce-look.org/content/show.php/axiom?content=90145 xfwm4 theme, which complements it nicely I think.

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 Re: Excellent theme!

 by ermo on: Jun 13 2011
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So, after having used this theme for a week or so, I have few comments:

* The scrollbars are a little hard to distinguish from the background trough.

* The highlights on mouse-over of elements (e.g. scrollbars and buttons) are a wee bit too subtle, I think.

* The selected tab could do with a bit of extra distinction from the unselected ones.

Perhaps creating an alternative style that accounts for the above three 'issues' (they're not really issues per se) by using a slight bluish tint a lá the Glossy gnome theme tabs (but subtler) might work well?

It's not hard to imagine that this tint could be tuned to match the different Gnome Colors icon set colors?

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 Re: Re: Excellent theme!

 by celticmusicguy on: Jun 15 2011
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Thanks for the feedback! I'm working on tweaking some things in this theme and hope to have an update soon. I've already added a gradient to the scrollbar trough to make it look less "flat" and give it some depth. I'll take a look at the other items you mentioned (mouseover highlights and making the selected tab stand out) to see what I can come up with - I do agree those elements could use some extra work. A slight tint on the selected tab sounds like a good idea, and as you suggested, it shouldn't be hard to be able to tune that to match the colors of the Gnome Colors icon sets. If I used the "selected_bg_color" to set the tint on the selected tab, then all you'd have to do is change the color value of "selected_bg_color". For example, to match the "Wise" color set, you'd change the value of "selected_bg_color" to #97bf60 and you'd get a light green tint instead of light blue.

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 Re: Re: Re: Excellent theme!

 by ermo on: Jun 17 2011
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I've tried my hand at modifying your theme, and the following values were what I could come up with:

# brighter highlights on buttons and scrollbars
bg[PRELIGHT] = shade (1.05, @bg_color)

# style "notebook" -- darker unselected tabs
bg[ACTIVE] = shade (0.90, @bg_color)

# Give scrollbars some breathing space
GtkScrolledWindow::scrollbar-spacing = 2

# make room for a secondary backward stepper
GtkRange::stepper-size = 16

# modify troughs to show a shade
trough_shades = { 0.9, 1.1 }

Looking forward to see your tweaks as well :)

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 Re: Re: Re: Excellent theme!

 by ermo on: Jun 17 2011
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Also, I think it would be really cool to have a grey (non-dark) version of the shiki-colors WM decorations -- I think that might work out quite well with this theme, actually?

I know it might not be terribly original, but it'd probably still be different enough to "hold its own" so to speak...

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 Great theme

 by sauravzone1 on: Sep 3 2011
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I modified MurrinaCandido (http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=144639) for a similar reason - having a clean theme, but your Murrine-Unity is way better.

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