Change the way you look at your desktop. Get carefully crafted, bright and clean icon-theme for Gnome Desktop.
Shadow is a flat icon-theme for gnome 3.10+. The icons have a colourful circular base with long shadow.

Missing icon request: Please try script which is a simple python script to get missing icons from your installation.
The script searches for apps in /usr/share/applications directory and if any icon name is missing from the `Shadow`, it puts the corresponding file from /usr/share/icons in /tmp/missingicons dir.
Kindly let me know if this is helpful.

New on 26/01/2018: Adding default apps icon from Mate-mint desktop. Consider this as "beta", within next few weeks, I hope to include most of the default icons coming with Mate's mint de.

New: png version for non-gtk de, e.g. KDE is updated at 2018-01-08
This will be updated once every month. Some icons may be missing. Kindly inform me if you find some such ommissions. Please add proper tag("pngs") in github. This is an experimental update. Please contact me directly for any problem. I request you not to give -ve vote based on the behaviour of this component.

New in version 4.x:
Ready for gnome 3.28
Mate support. Pantheon (default in elementary) support coming soon. I don't use those de personally. So, if you find icons are missing, kindly let me know at
tar.xz file structure has changed. untar it directly inside the already existing shadow dir, or create the shadow dir first

Folders with multiple colours.
Stay updated, stay tuned.

As of version 4, it contains 980+ apps icon , total 2200+ unique icons and counting.

Beside most popular apps, this iconset also includes some uncommon apps, used by very specific groups like xmgrace, xcrysden.

Installation in straight forward.
From Github: git clone the content to ~/.icon folder.
From Download and untar the file in ~/.icon folder.

Activate the theme using tweak-tool or from command line:
`gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme "shadow"`

Instruction for Mate and elementary Desktop Environment
The is completely re-written. You will have option to choose your de (gnome/mate/pantheon/unity) and colour independent of each other.
Kindly let me know if you face any problem in running `` (preferably in github)

Whats New
~30 new and modified icons.

New Icon Request:
Don't hesitate to contact me if you want new icons to be themed.
Please request at and add label "Icon request". I will try my best to theme the icons.

Coffee and Cookies
If you like the theme, don't forget to upvote it at gnome-look.
If you really like the theme, please consider me a coffee.
Last changelog:

4.6.3 7 days ago

8 new icons


6 days ago

thank you so much. great work.



10 days ago

Quick question - I noticed in KDE Plasma, the folder icons in File Manager have the Gnome logo. Can this be changed for Plasma installs? I would be happy to file a bog report if that helps.

Also, the missing icon script does not work in KDE - Message is shown that the icon set is not installed (presumably because it's looking in the wrong place). Thanks and keep up the good work.




9 days ago

Hi, Thanks for pointing this to me. I will upload that very soon.
Also, can you tell me where KDE stores its icons? (this scans ~/.icons and /usr/share/icons).



9 days ago

Hello. For KDE Plasma, the default locations are /usr/share/icons and /home/james/.local/share/icons/. Thanks again!



9 days ago

(where "james" should be the User's account name, of course)




9 days ago

Thanks. I have updated the missing icon. (somehow, OD has added some weird number to it), but it should work. Kindly try and let me know.



5 days ago

Looks great! My only request would be to change the default green color to the default blue in the stock wallpaper, perhaps? (RGB values: 85, 117, 184) - Unfortunately, green is not a color associated with KDE. Otherwise they look outstanding and I really appreciate your hard work here :)




4 days ago

Hi, there is a python script inside the folder named ``. You can run the script and choose your colour.



10 days ago

Love the KDE Support. Thanks!



1 month ago

great icon



1 month ago

This is cool icon theme. I like the shadow and paper like design.



4 months ago

Awesome icon theme, please add icons for popcorn time and mixxx, thanks and keep good work.




4 months ago

Hi, Thanks for your encouraging words. Please, can you post the corresponding .desktop file (preferably in github)? This is important because popcorntime is already themed. So there might be some mismatch in name. I will update the mixxx ASAP. Thanks



4 months ago

-fr- Super Thème !!!!!



5 months ago

Great-looking icon set, one of the most comprehensive collections and new icon requests are handled almost immediately!



5 months ago

Looks really great and new icon requests are completed insanely fast!



2 months ago

A shadow is a dark area where light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object.



8 months ago

Team is a very skilled in computer science and all the programming languages.



1 year ago

Very nice Icons ;) but i am missing the icons discord, arronax , openttd , minecraft , hedgewars , mega sync , openmw launcher, xonotic , xboard ,k3b and minetest




1 year ago

Hi, thanks for your comment. Can you please put it in github with the corresponding . desktop files?




1 year ago

Hi, I have included 8 of your request in my weekly update. You would like to update.



1 year ago

Gracias amigo, buen trabajo / Thanks friend, good work!



1 year ago

While I like most of the theme, the huge gnome foot on the folder icons kinda ruins it for me. :/




1 year ago

Hi, Thnaks for your comments. I have updated the "places" icons. Please check if that suits you better.



3 months ago

Hi Barud, I really like your icon set but I have to agree with Davikar there - the gnome foot is really not to my fancy. Have you considered removing it, or making an alternate version (with regards to folder icons)? The amount of work you've put in is very impressive.


4.6.3 7 days ago

8 new icons

4.6.2 14 days ago

7 new and 10 modified app icons

4.6.1 22 days ago

20 new icons for Mint's Mint DE .

4.5.4 25 days ago

12 new app icons

4.5.3 29 days ago

47 new/reimagined icons for status

4.5.2 1 month ago

~45 new/modified icons for better integration with mate and panatheon de.

4.5 1 month ago

New year with 17 new/modified icons

4.3.2 1 month ago

many new icons

4.3.1 2 months ago

places_square got some love after 9 months, colours changed and total 80+ new/modified icons

4.2.2 2 months ago

minor update

4.2.1 2 months ago

10+ new/reimagined status icons

4.2 2 months ago

16 new and reimagined icons

4.1.1 2 months ago

minor modification and typechange to handle different de better

4.0 3 months ago

Support for MATE desktop environment.

3.6.1 3 months ago

27 new/modified icons

3.5.2 3 months ago

10+ new icons

3.5 5 months ago

New icons for Ubuntu gnome and science category.

3.4.7 5 months ago

5 new icons, as per requests

3.4.6 6 months ago

Closes #92

3.4.5 6 months ago

Closes #90, #91

3.4.3 7 months ago

Closes #86, #88, #89

3.4.2 7 months ago

10 new icons

3.4.1 7 months ago

Few icons modified, following original icon colors more closely

3.4 8 months ago

10+ files modified; version merged with git

3.3 9 months ago

many small modifications

3.0 11 months ago

MAJOR UPDATE: Folders with multiple colors.
Besides the normal blue folder, now you can choose places icons (folders) from 3 gems: emerald, ruby and sapphire.

2.7.3 1 year ago

Weekly update: ~10 new icons

2.7 1 year ago

50+ new icons added; mostly symbolic and emotes.

2.6.1 1 year ago

10+ New icons added.

v2.6 1 year ago

many new icons, modifications

2.5.1 1 year ago


2.5 1 year ago

"places" modified

2.2.2 1 year ago

Getting ready for Gnome 3.22

v2.2.1 1 year ago

10+ new icons; closes #44 at github

v2.2 1 year ago

Skype for Linux (alpha) added

v2.1.2 1 year ago

Some modifications, minor update

v2.1.1 1 year ago

Most of #42; ~20 new/modified icons

v2.1 1 year ago

~60 new icons specially for Ubuntu top bar

v2.0.1 1 year ago

~10 icons added

v2.0 1 year ago

Mimetypes, symbolic Icons and many other update

1 year ago

v1.7.3 some modification and updates
v1.7.2 ~10 new icons added
v1.7 DBusActivatable names for gnome 3.20, new icons
v1.6.3 Few modifications and new icons.
v1.6 Circular folder icons are added and default.
v1.5.2 closes #16, #17 and #18 of ithub
v1.5.1 Many new icons added
v1.5 Weather Icons added
v1.4.3 New icons added; many icons modified
v1.4.2 Wine files added (from default wine installation of fedora 23)
v1.4.1 15 new icons added. Closes issue#9
v1.4 Support for ubuntu-unity is added.
v1.3 All apps for ubuntu-gnome 15.10 default installation done
v1.2.6.1 20+ icons updated
v1.2.6 20+ icons added. See
v1.2.5 New icons and mimetypes added
v1.2.4.2 ~20 new icons added
v1.2.4.2 Minor bugfixes and new icons added
v1.2.4.1 New icons for gnome 3.18 added
v1.2.4. ~20 new icons added
v1.2.3. Maintenance release
v1.2.2. ~50 icons added
v1.2. 100+ new icons
v1.1. 120 new icons added
v1.0. 150+ icons added
v0.6.1. 40+ new Icons added
v0.6. Icons added
v0.5. preferences icons added
v0.4. status icons added
v0.3. apps added
v0.2. size directories added
v0.1. Initial commit

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