Darin D
Victory Gtk Theme

GTK2 Themes 237 comments

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Dec 10 2017
In that picture I'm just using the default Victory Gtk Theme. I'm using Thunar. You can hide the menubar with Cltr+M or under View uncheck the Menubar. For the sidebar, you can right click on a title (Places, Devices, Network, etc) and select which icons to hide or show. Hope that helps! - Jan 22 2018
That was fixed in the 17.04 version, try Let me know if you still have problems. Thanks! - Oct 29 2017
Thanks I appreciate it! - Sep 06 2017
Was it the Murrine engine? I should add that to the description I guess. Thanks! - Sep 06 2017
I'm really not sure why this would happen. Can you change the wallpaper after the theme is applied? And does it happen with any other themes that you know of? I don't use Cinnamon so maybe you could ask on the Mint forums because I really don't know how to troubleshoot that. If you find any more info let me know, meanwhile I'll take a look at it next time I work on it. Thanks! - Sep 06 2017
Hey, I updated the theme a bit. The variants now having matching Gtk3 versions in apps that use the Menubar (File, View, etc). And I'll work on that Button issue you posted for 17.10. Thanks for the comments! - Sep 06 2017
Great! I'm glad it worked! Thanks! - May 13 2012
Hi, I made this theme using Gtk3.2, and they've made changes in Gtk3.4 which causes some problems with this theme.

I've updated the theme to fix the white text problem. Please delete the theme you downloaded, and try downloading this new update.

Please let me know if it fixes the white text problem! - May 13 2012
Thank you! I'm glad you like it! English was good, and thank you for the pictures!

I made this using Gnome 3.2, but Ubuntu 12.04 uses Gnome 3.4, and they made some theme changes. Here is a quick fix for the white text:

1.) Open /home/YOURNAME/.themes/Victory/gtk-3.0/gtk-widgets.css
2.) Go to the very bottom, and add this:


color: @fg_color;

GtkWindow .cell:selected
color: @selected_fg_color;

After you add that to the bottom, save it, and log out and back in. It should work!

Let me know if you have any more problems! I've been working some on the theme, and hopefully will update it in the next month to fix a lot of these problems.

- Darin - May 08 2012
Thank you so much! - May 08 2012
Okay, thanks. Guess I'll have to work on this over the next month or so.

The worse problem for me was all the text turning white, which made it unusable. Here's a rough temporary fix for anyone interested...

Add this to the bottom of the ~/.themes/Victory/gtk-3.0/gtk-widgets.css:


color: @fg_color;

GtkWindow .cell:selected
color: @selected_fg_color;

Still a lot to fix, but that should solve the white text problem for now, anyway.

- Darin - Mar 24 2012
Hey thanks a lot for the update, glad it's all there. Ubuntu seems to not like working well with a lot of things lately... it's pretty annoying (to say the least). Wonder if it's something they plan on fixing before release? Or with the way Ubuntu is going lately, if I can even do anything about it on my end. Guess I'll go ahead and download the latest (Beta?) just to see what's going on.

Are there any Gtk3 themes that do work well with it? - Mar 18 2012
Hey, I just updated the Gtk3 theme in this package - totally rewritten. Hopefully it works for you! Let me know!

- Darin - Mar 16 2012
Wow, that's terrible! Thanks for letting me know! I don't know what's going on lately, but file-roller is giving me nothing but problems.

Tried it again with xarchiver and reuploaded it - everything should be there.

Please give it another try and let me know if you have any other problems! Thanks!

- Darin - Mar 16 2012
Sure, here are is what I was using for that:

Window Border - Simple eGtk

Wallpaper - one of these (I think it was a mod):

Icons - Moblin

The moblin icons I was using were in the Ubuntu repositories. It was made for netbooks, so some of the icons don't look so good on the Desktop.

Other than that, I simply changed the sidebar color to the red color, and the tooltip color (and maybe background color) to match the window border.

Hope that helps!

- Darin - Jul 16 2011
Sure, here are is what I was using for that:

Window Border - Simple eGtk

Wallpaper - one of these (I think it was a mod):

Icons - Moblin

The moblin icons I was using were in the Ubuntu repositories. It was made for netbooks, so some of the icons don't look so good on the Desktop.

Other than that, I simply changed the sidebar color to the red color, and the tooltip color (and maybe background color) to match the window border.

Hope that helps!

- Darin - Jul 16 2011
You're welcome! Thank you very much!

- Darin - Jun 28 2011
Now that I think about it, for the panel... maybe you can take the Ubuntu themes panel image from that folder (/usr/share/themes/) and replace the image in my theme folder... as long as it has the same name, it may work.

For the window borders... the default light one does come with a borderless version. Just check in the Appearance Properties > Customize > Window border. The dark one doesn't have a borderless version.

But I think you can make any window border borderless by editing the metacity xml folder. At the top under frame geometry, you can adjust the right_width and left_width.

Let me know if this helps.

- Darin - Jun 28 2011
Hey, thanks, and glad you like it.

Are you talking about the default Ubuntu 11.04 theme for the Unity topbar? If so, there's no line you can remove from my theme to make it go back to the old way... each theme has to define its own style. So the Ubuntu theme has its own panel style, and if other themes don't, it just falls back to not themed. So the only way to get the exact same panel would be to take the panel parts of the Ubuntu theme and replace the panel parts in mine.

Try this and see if it works better, though...

In the gtkrc file (/home/yourname/.themes/Victory/gtk-2.0), go to the very bottom. There is a section called "Options". You'll see 1) Panels with a list of include lines. Comment out (put a # in front of) all of those lines except for 1b, or 1a - only do one of these at a time. So it should look like:

#include "extras/panel-dark-murrine.rc"
include "extras/panel-dark-pixmap.rc"
#include "extras/panel-medium-pixmap-top.rc"
#include "extras/panel-medium-pixmap-bottom.rc"

#include "extras/unity-window-border-blend.rc"
#include "extras/unity-window-border-blend.rc"

Then switch to a different theme, and then back to the Victory theme (or log out and back in) to see the change.

Both of those options are for a darker topbar... one flat (1a) and one with a gradient (1b) - 1b, the gradient/pixmap one, should look closer to the default Ubuntu theme.

If you like that, you might also want to switch to the dark Victory window border - it's just the default Ubuntu border with different buttons - or just switch back to the default Ubuntu border now that I think about it - I guess it just depends on if you want different buttons, ha. If you do this, be sure to also change the tooltip_bg color to #3c3b37 either in gnome-appearance-properties, or at the VERY top of the gtkrc file. The will change the menubar colors (and firefox tab bar color) in windows to match the window border.

Anyway... sorry. I wish this was easier, but hopefully this will get you closer to something you like.

Let me know if you need help with any of this.

- Darin - Jun 22 2011
oops, properties! Haha.

Well, I'm glad you figured it out. I was afraid I didn't explain it well enough.

I'll try to figure out the terminal icon too.

Anyway, I'm glad you got it working, and glad you like it! Thanks a lot!

- Darin - Jun 16 2011
Ok, that means the Victory theme isn't in your root theme folder, or it's not linked.

Try sudo nautilus. Then go to your home directory (/home/yourname/). Click View hidden files, and find the ".themes" folder.

Right click on it and click "Make Link"

Now put that link in the /root folder, and make sure it's named ".themes".

After that you should see it after you do sudo gnome-appearance-preferences.

If that doesn't work, I don't know why, and I'm not sure what else to do. I don't know what all the options/menu names are in Italian, but I hope I explained this well enough.

Let me know.

- Darin - Jun 16 2011
Hmmm... are you using Gnome 2? Maybe you have to select it as root. Try in the terminal:

sudo gnome-appearance-properties

Then try selecting the theme, and see if that works.

Thanks for the compliment, glad you like it.

- Darin - Jun 15 2011
Hey, thanks a lot! Both for the comment and the vote! I'm glad it's working good in Xubuntu - it's the first time I'd put that much into XFCE theming, and I wasn't sure I tested it well enough - I tested it on Xubuntu 10.10 and 11.04, but didn't get to check it on 10.04.

For LibreOffice/OpenOffice - I think I forgot to change one part of the gtkrc. Try this and see if it works:

In the gtkrc (/home/yourname/.themes/Victory/gtk-2.0/gtkrc), find the section:

style "scrollbar"

Under that, you will see four has-stepper entries. They should all be 0 except has-forward-stepper, which should be 1, and stepper-size should be 1. So it should look like this:

style "scrollbar"
GtkScrollbar:: has-backward-stepper = 0
GtkScrollbar:: has-forward-stepper = 1
GtkScrollbar:: has-secondary-backward-stepper = 0
GtkScrollbar:: has-secondary-forward-stepper = 0
GtkRange:: trough-under-steppers = 0
GtkRange:: stepper-size = 1
GtkRange:: arrow-scaling = 0.45

After that, close LibreOffice/OpenOffice and open it again to see if it works. You may have to log out and back in again - sometimes it's weird like that.

I hope I explained this well enough. Let me know how it works or if you have any other problems!

Thanks again!

- Darin
- Jun 05 2011
Thanks for the compliments, and glad you like it!

By default, the panel is forced to use images. But if you open the gtkrc (/home/yournamehere/.themes/Victory/gtk-2.0/gtkrc) you can change it.

Go down to the bottom of the gtkrc and you'll see a part that says "Options". You can choose from 3 different panel types: Dark with images (default), or a Dark or Light that you can change the colors of. The dark panels have light text, and the light panel has dark text if that matters to you.

Under Options, you will find:
1) Dark Panels

include "extras/darkpanel.rc"
#include "extras/darkpanelmurrine.rc"

If you put a # in front of both, it will give you a light panel. If you put a # in front of the darkpanel.rc line, and take the # away from the darkpanelmurrine.rc line, it will give you a dark panel with colors you can change.

Make the changes, save, and then switch from the Victory theme, to another theme, and then back, and you should see the changes.

After this, you can right click on the panel and go to Properties>Background and change the color, there.

Or you can use gnome-color-chooser (available in most repositories), which can change all the colors of the panels - along with tons of other color and icon tweaks for Gnome. It's really nice.

I wasn't sure if I should include the 'image' panel by default... I didn't want to make it too complicated! Sorry for the confusion, and if you need more help or if I didn't explain it well enough, just let me know! Thanks!

- Darin - Apr 18 2011
Thank you so much, I really appreciate that!

- Darin - Apr 03 2011
Not sure if you still use the Victory theme, or are interested, but I just added a dark panel with dark menus. If you still have any interest, let me know what you think.

- Darin - Mar 19 2011
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 - Mar 19 2011
Hey, not sure if you still use the Victory theme, but I added dark menus and a dark panel.

- Darin - Mar 19 2011
I'm not sure why you have that black square... that has never happened to me, sorry.

For the arrows on the path bar... I don't remember exactly what I did, but everything involved with the path bars should be found under:

#Pathbar/Location Bar Arrows

- Darin - Mar 19 2011
Ok, I updated it. I had some problems while working on the borders with the spacing when the buttons were aligned left, but it should be better now. Let me know. And thanks for the screenshot.

Also, thanks for adding this theme to your Theme Pack. I read about the pack when you posted it, and really like all the other themes and icon sets you put in there, so it's really cool of you to have put this one in there too! Thanks!

- Darin - Mar 19 2011
Thanks! - Jan 23 2011
Oh yeah... that's something I meant to fix the last couple times and forgot all about! Good catch.

style "combobox" = "button"

you'll see
engine "murrine"

add these lines under where it says comboboxstyle:
glow_shade = 1.0
glowstyle = 2

The glow behind the buttons is intentional - it happens when it's a light theme too, but it's less noticable. If you want to change it find:
style "toolbarbutton-prelight"

and under engine "murrine" change the glow_shade from 20.0 to 2.0 or whatever you want.

Hope this helps. Thanks!

- Darin - Jan 22 2011
Thank you very much! I really appreciate the compliment! I'd never done a theme before... so maybe the innovative code was just accidental or born from ignorance! Haha. It was/is a fun learning experience, though.

- Darin - Jan 02 2011
Thanks, glad you like it. I think I'm kind of done with major changes on this theme... just some updates if apps need fixes. But a while back I was playing with a dark panel (Check the Small Victory Gtk Theme). Since I'm not really modifying the theme anymore, maybe I'll go back and play with the dark panel over this next month.

- Darin - Jan 02 2011
Thanks so much!

- Darin - Jan 02 2011
Hey, this button bug should be fixed now. If you still use this theme, try deleting the old theme and download the new one, and let me know.

- Darin - Dec 02 2010
I'll take a look at that for the next time. It's probably an error on my part. If there is anything you notice you're doing when it happens, let me know.

Anyway, thanks for that!

- Darin - Dec 02 2010
Thanks so much! I appreciate it! Sorry I took so long to respond.

- Darin - Dec 02 2010
Hey, thanks! Glad you like it.

Luckily that can be fixed pretty easily. It's because the theme doesn't install as root. You can do it in nautilus by running gksu nautilus and making a link to your /home/yourname/.themes folder, and putting it in the /root folder. Or just do it in the terminal:

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

Step 2 may give an error if the /root directory doesn't have a .themes folder. Just ignore it and move on to Step 4.


Anyway, let me know if that works.

- Darin - Oct 31 2010
I like them the background color too... unfortunately it's a bug/feature/limitation of the Murrine Engine. If I'm mistaken, someone can let me know... but I couldn't find a way to change many treeview elements.

So you'll notice in treeviews where there are progressbars, checkboxes, radio buttons, and many times expander triangles... they look different than the rest of the theme.

I think Murrine colors all checkboxes by default... I'm not a big fan of that. So the ones that are the background color are the ones I've changed. And Compiz Settings Manager gave me a lot of problems, along with gnome-control-center and application browser... they don't apply themes correctly. So you may even notice that the checkboxes in those are different than the checkboxes anywhere else (like in the run dialogue).

Anyway, sorry about that. Maybe I'm just not sure how to do it, so if someone knows let me know - but I don't think it's currently possible. You could bring it up on the Murrine Site as a feature request if you want.

- Darin - Oct 18 2010
Cool, glad you got it working.

For the window border, you'll just have to click the Window Border tab (same window as where you changed the colors), and pick a different window border.

I wanted to make my window border also change according to the Menubar/Tooltip color, but unfortunately you can't do that with window borders. It either has to be fixed one color, or mirror the Selected/Background colors. In screenshot 3, that border was just one I was playing around with a couple years ago. I never uploaded it or anything... it doesn't show buttons normally. I'm not sure if anyone would like that much.

The elementary theme border works well:

In screenshot 2, I'm using Simple eGtk:

But there are all kinds of great borders either packaged with themes, or under the Metacity section here on Gnome Look.

- Darin - Oct 18 2010
Hey, glad you like it! Thanks!

In screenshot 3, I'm using Nautilus Elementary, and turned off the menubar. You can find that here:

But to change the menubar color, all you should have to do in the Gnome Appearance Properties (run gnome-appearance-properties OR go to System > Preferences > Appearance > Theme) is go to Customize, then the Colors tab. Changing the Tooltip colors should also change the menubar colors.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any problems or need anything else!

- Darin - Oct 17 2010
Hey, sorry I took so long to get back.

1. The Wallpaper is part of the Gnome 2.28 desktop (gnome-backgrounds). It's called flow.

2. To change the panel text color, you'll need to user gnome-color-chooser... or you can edit the gtkrc by finding the Panel entry and changing the FG colors... but you may have to do that in a couple different parts of the gtkrc. I'd recommend gnome-color-chooser.

3. Thanks for offering to try out different versions, but I tried to play around with it, and it didn't turn out right, so don't worry about it! Thanks though.

- Darin - Oct 17 2010
You can do this in the gtkrc by changing the fg colors under style "panel".

Another (I think easier) solution is to use gnome-color-chooser. It lets you change all kinds of colors... it's good if you're going for a dark panel. It let's you revert all changes very easily as well. It's a pretty cool program.

- Darin - Aug 30 2010
Hey, while I was playing around with this, I realized you can change the padding of the toolbar. In the gtkrc, just do a search for:


And change that value. 0 means no padding. Also, if you want to save more space, right under that, you will find the style:

style "toolbarbutton-prelight"


This will change the padding of the buttons. {x,x,x,x} - the last two digits will change the padding above and below, the first two will change padding to the left and right.

Anyway, let me know if this helps, and if this is what you were looking for!

- Darin - Aug 15 2010
This should look a little better now, but still a little odd. I'll take this out within the next release or two (Probably when the next Ubuntu with the new Gnome comes out). Transmission won't need it anymore.

One way around this, and the reason I had to make it such a broad style for Transmission, is to make sure your apps have specific widget names.

Transmission doesn't, so to apply the property to Transmission also means it will be applied to anything else that leaves its widget unnamed.

For example, the main window of Nautilus has the widget name Nautilus, ensuring that only widget styles with the Nautilus prefix will be applied to it, and to nothing else.

I've had the most problems doing this theming thing with programs that leave their widgets unnamed. One, because of the problem above... and two, because when the program is updated, if any other widget is added in the way of the named widget, it will break the theming.

In Nautilus, even if the sidebar changes, and adds a vbox or anything, it doesn't matter, because it can still be named NautilusSidePane.

I hope all this makes sense, and is correct. Maybe it's a misunderstanding on my part, because I'm new to all this. But a lot time on this theme has been spent fixing updates to programs who either always change the widget names, or leave them unnamed - requiring each release with something added to be rethemed. This then may break another app themed because it becomes a very broad style.

Cardapio was similar to this, but fortunately tvst was kind enough to fix a Glade problem, so now Cardapio theming is easy and consistent.

Well, just thought I'd give an update. Should be better in this release, and I'll probably take it out in a future release. But it would be nice if anyone working on an application reading this could create specific names for their widgets.

Anyway, thanks again, and hope you still enjoy the updates.

- Darin - Aug 15 2010
Hey, thanks for the compliment! I really appreciate that.

I'll turn it back down as default if I hear more people chime in, but for now I may keep it about that bright.

You can turn it down in the gtkrc file (/home/yourname/.themes/Victory/gtk-2.0/gtkrc) by finding this line:

style "toolbarbutton-prelight"

And under that, changing

bg[PRELIGHT] = shade (1.06, @bg_color)

to any lower number (1.03, etc)


As for your other comment, you put progressbar... were you talking about the glow behind the toolbar buttons? I wasn't sure - the progress bar is square... the light behind the toolbar buttons I think is the only thing that isn't.

If so, you're right... there is kind of a disconnect with circular glow when the rest of the theme is more square. It's not really achieving the effect I wasnted in the first place either, so I'll think about reworking that. I might message you later if you want to help try it out and see what you think.


Anyway, thanks for the ideas and kind words. Let me know if you have any others or have any problems or anything.

Thanks again.

- Darin - Aug 15 2010
Great! Glad it worked. Feel free to post any other questions or problems or anything.

Thanks again!

- Darin - Aug 03 2010
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 - Aug 03 2010
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