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Victory (Strikes Again)


GTK 2.x Theme/Style

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Victory (Strikes Again)

Victory (Strikes Again)

Victory (Strikes Again)

Downloads:  49293
Submitted:  Apr 29 2010
Updated:  Mar 17 2012


This theme was an attempt to allow everyone to pick a wide variety of colors and window borders. You can change the sidebar colors to any color you prefer, or if you prefer another window border, you can change the menubar color to make it blend together. This is my first time doing something like this, so there may be a lot of problems - Let me know. Thanks so much to everyone for help, feedback, comments, messages, voting, and fannage(?). Also, negative/critical feedback is just as (and sometimes more) important as any other. I don't know what down votes mean without it! Hope everyone enjoys. Thanks again!

- Darin


How to Use

++ Colors ++

Several Gtk desktops have an Appearance Manager (see below), usually under the System menu, that allow you to customize a themes colors. If not, try this:

1. Open the file /home/yournamehere/.themes/Victory/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
2. Open the file /home/yournamehere/.themes/Victory/gtk-3.0/gtk.css
3. Open the file /home/yournamehere/.themes/Victory/gtk-3.0/settings.ini

Each of these files contain the color settings in the top of the files. The important parts are:



Here's what each one of those changes:

selected_fg_color = Sidebar Text Color
selected_bg_color = Sidebar Background Color

tooltip_fg_color = File Menu Text Color
tooltip_bg_color = File Menu Background Color

Just change the #xxxxxx to a color you like! Save, and log out and back in to see the changes!

++ Options ++

This theme offers options for light panels, light menus, Nautilus elementary, the ability to try old Victory styles, and more.

At the bottom of the gtkrc or gtk.css file (mentioned in Steps 1 and 2 of the color section), you will find a section called Options. Comment or Uncomment lines (add or remove a # at the beginning of the line or the /* at the beginning and */ at the end) to try different options. After making changes, save the file. You will have to change to another theme for a moment. Go back to the Victory theme, and your changes should appear.

++ Installing ++

To install, extract the downloaded tar.gz. Put the folders (Victory, Victory for Top Panels) in your themes directory. Then open your desktops Appearance Manager to select the theme.

Log out and back in to make sure all changes take effect (especially in Gnome 3)

If you would like root apps (Synaptic/Package Manager/GParted) to use your theme, try the following. Step 2 may give an error that there was no such folder. If so, ignore it and move on to Step 4.

1.) Open terminal and type:
2.) sudo mv /root/.themes /root/.themesbackup
3.) Hit enter, then type:
4.) sudo ln -s ~/.themes /root
5.) Hit enter

++ Important Things For The Above ++

+ Appearance Managers
- XFCE: xfce4-settings-manager
- LXDE: lxappearance (for Controls)
- LXDE: obconf (for Window Border)
- Gnome 2: gnome-appearance-properties
- Gnome 3: gnome-tweak-tool

+ Theme Directory
- /home/yournamehere/.themes

+ gtkrc theme file
- /home/yourname/.themes/Victory/gtk-2.0/gtkrc

+ gtk.css file
- /home/yourname/.themes/Victory/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

+ Terminal
- Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal

Other Victory Themes

+ Victory Icon Collection
- http://newhoa.deviantart.com/art/Victory-Icon-Collection-188206119
-- A collection containing many icons from, and modified icons of several icon packs.

+ Victory Theme for Chromium and Google Chrome
- http://newhoa.deviantart.com/#/d3h2991

+ Victory Light Skin for the Opera Web Browser
- http://my.opera.com/community/customize/skins/info/?id=11102
-- Almost matches New Wave theme

+ Victory Dark Skin for the Opera Web Browser
- http://my.opera.com/community/customize/skins/info/?id=11092
-- Also matches default Ubuntu theme (Ambiance)
-- Also matches Divergence IV theme window border

More Screenshots



If upgrading! Be sure to move (or delete) the original Victory folders from your themes folder before installing this. File names and folder structures have changed.

+ New: Gnome-Shell Theme
+ New: Gtk3/Gnome3 Theming (Beta)
+ New: Cinnamon Theme
+ New: Support for Mate Desktop Environment
+ New: Victory for Top Panels
-- Altered panel backgrounds and metacity window border
-- Window border becomes flat when maximized, blending Top Panel and Window Border
-- Works with Gnome 3, Gnome 2, Ubuntu, Cinnamon, Mate by default
-- Works with LXDE, XFCE when using Compiz
-- Remember to log out and back in after selecting this theme to see the changes
+ New: Marlin File Browser themed
+ New: GMusicBrowser themed
+ New: Support for Overlay Scrollbars
+ Updated: Latest apps in Gnome (Rhythmbox, Totem), LXDE (PCManFM, Parole), and XFCE
+ Updated: Unity Panel for Ubuntu 11.10
+ Option Added: Ambiance-like toolbars for Gtk3/Gnome3 (Ubuntu 11.10+)
-- This makes the toolbar dark, blending with the File Menu bar and/or the Title bar of the window border
-- Scroll to the bottom of the file: Victory > gtk-3.0 > gtk.css
-- Under "Options" and uncomment the ambiance-toolbars line.
-- Should look like this: @import url("styles/ambiance-toolbars.css");
-- Save, then log out and back in.
+ Changed: To avoid clutter, additional Window Borders (Dark and Variants) not added to .themes folder by default
-- All borders can befound in Victory > OptionsExtras > Extra Window Borders
-- Just drag them to your home/yournamehere/.themes folder, and select them in your window manager (may require restart)

2012.03.16b - Repackaged and reuploaded. Was having a problem with compression, causing the files for Cinnamon, Gnome-Shell, and a lot of other updates not to work. If you had any problems using this update, delete it, try it again, and let me know if anyone else is still having problems. Sorry!

2012.03.16 | c
Updated again on 2012-05-13.
This theme was created using Gtk3.2. They made some theme changes in Gtk3.4, so it doesn't look as intended. This update is a temporary fix for the biggest problem in Gtk3.4 - white text. Hopefully I can update the theme in the next month or so to address the rest of the problems.

Anyway, let me know what's good or bad, or if any apps aren't theming right or anything. Thanks again everyone... I really appreciate all the feedback and comments!

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 some lines

 by repsakkgn on: Jul 16 2010
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dude, the new scrollbars are great, but I suggest you to get rid of that lines [url=http://itmages.ru/image/view/44615/cb4714b5][img]http://static.itmages.ru/i/10/0716/s_1279314433_cb4714b570.png[/img][/url]
so it could be like this

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 Re: some lines

 by newhoa on: Jul 17 2010
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Thanks a lot man, glad you like them! I like your desktop a lot - it's really nice! Plus I'm glad you've changed the theme up.

I've actually tried to get rid of the scrollbar line. I can't get it to completely disappear, though. I'll see if I can find some way next time.

In that first screenshot, if you switch from the regular Victory theme to Victory Elementary, the top line will be thinner, and the bottom line will go away.

- Darin

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 window buttons

 by oguncak on: Jul 17 2010
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hi again.

no, i dont mean that -+x is better then your style, on the contrary i think yours is better.

but what i mean is that, when i come over the buttons with the cursor, i feel that the buttons are a little small. it becomes hard to find the exact point to click on.

maybe you can make a box for them, or find sth else??

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 Re: window buttons

 by newhoa on: Jul 25 2010
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Oh, ok - I see what you mean now. Glad you like the arrows, anyway!

I'm not sure what I could do. I don't think boxes would look very good with this border. I really only meant for this border to be a temporary place holder... I thought everyone would pick a different border, haha.

Right now I'm playing around with chaning the window border a little anyway. I'm not sure if it will make this any better, but I'll try and keep it in mind.

Thanks again for the idea. Feel free to let me know if you think of anything else.

- Darin

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 Thank you!

 by Picklesworth on: Jul 26 2010
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It's not very often that this happens, but I really fell in love with this theme of yours :)

Awesome work!

Of course, your theme for the Nautilus breadcrumb bar is awesome. Now I think _every_ breadcrumb bar should be designed like that. It's a really great example of “less is more.”

I also really love what you've done with status bars. It's an adventurous choice (lots of themes are afraid of applying different style in different contexts because so many apps have broken semantics, but yours is doing it really well).

There are just two things that bothered me:
I think the arrow for expander boxes looks a little ugly. Can't put my finger on why. I've just become really accustomed to Murrine's default +/- , I guess.
Tooltips with my chosen colour scheme were grey, which didn't work very well for me.

I also liked half of Small Victory (because of the awesome Moblin icon theme), but I didn't want the "Small" part or the problematic situation of having all those icons that _aren't_ Moblin icons. So, I modified your theme a little and I made an icon theme from a small subset of the Moblin icons.

That is at:

And now I think I'll be able to go a while without changing my theme :)

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 Re: Thank you!

 by newhoa on: Jul 29 2010
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Thanks a lot, I really appreciate that!

I like your customizations. The icon theme is cool... I wouldn't have thought of doing that. I'm using it now, but with the elementary icons + moblin.

As for the expanders, I never really liked the +/- or the box. To me + means add and - means remove. I'm not sure that a triangle is a good indicator of 'more' either... but I like it better. The elementary icon theme also uses + and - icons in places I don't think make sense either. I think they use them as Ok and Cancel, but I can't remember off the top of my head.

I noticed murrine now defaults to triangle expanders in the newest version. So while trying that out, realized they added (or maybe they were there before and I never noticed) +/- expanders in solid circles. I actually really like the look of this, and might think about using them in the future.

For the tooltip... I'm not sure if I should fix that to a certain set of colors or not. I like the idea of it changing based on the user chosen colors, but sometimes it is hard to see if you choose a certain combination. Any thoughts?

Thanks again for the compliments and everything, I'm glad you like it!

- Darin

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 Problem with firefox

 by mandarine on: Jul 26 2010
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I really like your theme but I'm having problems with firefox and thunderbird. On both programs, the menu bar isn't visible (see https://www.dropbox.com/s/ploxuvy1eb56nju/Victory_n_i_O.png)

With other programs, e.g. OO-Writer, everything is fine (see https://www.dropbox.com/s/vy1zp7zvdo3eewc/Victory_i_O.png).

What went wrong? What can I do?


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 Re: Problem with firefox

 by newhoa on: Jul 29 2010
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This was a Mozilla bug, but they've fixed it in the latest releases.

For Firefox, you'll have to upgrade to 3.6 or above, and Thunderbird needs 3.1 or above.

If you use Ubuntu, you can find both here at the official PPA:

The Thunderbird in that PPA is a bit old. Here's a deb for 3.1 final from the Webup8 site: http://www.webupd8.org/2010/06/download-thunderbird-31-ubuntu-deb.html

Or if you would feel better downloading it from the official website, it's on there as an archive: http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/

Glad you like it, and let me know if you have any other questions or problems, or need more help with this!

- Darin

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 Re: Re: Problem with firefox

 by mandarine on: Jul 29 2010
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I'm already using Firefox 3.6.8 ... problem still exists ...

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 Re: Re: Re: Problem with firefox

 by newhoa on: Aug 4 2010
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I'm sorry, I'm not sure what it could be. Maybe if you list your specs/distro/etc, someone reading might have an idea.

Sorry I can't think of anything it could be!

- Darin

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 Thank you

 by tasillo on: Jul 27 2010
Score 50%


First of all, thank you so much for this great theme. I don't normally find good themes arround...in fact, this is my first comment about one.

But I have some issues with the Ubuntu menu bar.

I've noticed that the spacing between elements is not the same in the ubuntu menu bar (the main menu with "applications, places, systems") and the rest of the application menus.

I really like the spacing in the apps menu because is bigger than normal and makes it more usable. I would love to have the same spacing in the ubuntu menu bar...anyone knows howto?

Also tried with the gnome main menu which is a single icon with all the options and the same happens.

I'm attaching 2 screenshots to have an example.

Ubuntu menu bar

Application menu (with global menu)

Thakn you very much in advance

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 Re: Thank you

 by newhoa on: Jul 29 2010
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Thanks very much for the compliments! I'm glad you like it so much. Also, thanks for the pictures.

I've actually been trying to reduce the menu sizes, as a lot of people have said they were to big. I kind of like them bigger myself.

You may have to change the menu sizes for yourself. Try this.

Go to /home/yourname/Victory (or Victory Elementary)/gtk-2.0

Open/Display the gtkrc file with gedit

Find the line
style "menu-item"

And under that, you can change the ythickness to any number. Higher number means more spacing.

I tried this, and it changes the menu size on both the menus and the gnome menubar in the panel. So I'm not sure if this will fix the problem completely.

I'm not sure how to adjust them separately right off. Let me know if that helps at all. If not, I'll try to figure something else out.

Thanks again, and let me know how that works or if you have any other problems or anything.

- Darin

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 Re: Re: Thank you

 by tasillo on: Jul 29 2010
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Thank you so much Darin.

I've juts tried your solution and did the work. Thanks!

I'll take a look and play with this properties. As I said, with more spacing, gets easier to use for me.

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 Re: Re: Re: Thank you

 by newhoa on: Aug 4 2010
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Great! Glad it worked. Feel free to post any other questions or problems or anything.

Thanks again!

- Darin

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 Tab close icons

 by amiroff on: Jul 27 2010
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I really like this theme!

Drop down boxes look better than any other theme, scrollbars in latest version are also very nice. My only gripe was with "close tab" icon standing out too much. I placed stock["gtk-close"] = {{ "Images/close.png", *, *, * }} into default styles and took nice gradient close icon from egtk theme, and now it looks awesome:


If you like how it looks, please integrate this change into the latest version.


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 Re: Tab close icons

 by newhoa on: Jul 29 2010
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Thanks a lot for the compliments. Glad you like the boxes, and the new scrollbars!

I had never really thought about the close button on the tabs. Yours looks really nice. I'll have to play around with this some in the future.

Thanks again for the idea, and feedback!

- Darin

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 Re: Tab close icons

 by newhoa on: Mar 19 2011
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Hey, not sure if you still use this Victory theme, but I added your suggestion about the close buttons in the last release.


You're right, it does looks nicer! Thanks for the idea!

- Darin

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 Re: Re: Tab close icons

 by amiroff on: Mar 19 2011
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Heh, you're much welcome! For the record, I still use your theme. Unbeatable in simplicity.

Nice work!

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