Made by paulxfce (alias Manjarocinnamonfan, paulubuntu)

New additional theme:

Gnome-OSX with No Transparent sidebar (NT)

Latest update:
new update: 10/6/2017: bug fixes
New update 14/5/2017: compliant with gnome 3.24; smaller headerbar and buttons; removed redundant code; added Github-page
New update 16/02/2017
New update 12/2/2017
New Update: 11/2/2017
New Update 9/2/2017
UPDATE: completely new version.

This is a gnome-desktop-interpretation of Mac OSX. I've tried to implement the feel of OSX on the gnome-applications.

Initially based on the Arc-theme-files.

I've spend a great deal of time and effort on this theme into fine-tuning it, so I hope you try before you judge !

Main features:

- Nautilus with blurred sidebar.
- Same theming across GTK2 and GTK3. (See screenshots)

Separate download for Shell-themes:

- Shell theme with white dock and slighty dark top-bar
- Shell theme with dark dock and dark top-bar

This theme is developed on gnome 3.20 and updated to 3.24
This only works on a gnome-desktop, no support for other desktop-environments.

When, as such, theming does not look the way it should be: make sure you have installed the necessary theme-"engines":

- The gnome-themes-standard package,
- The murrine engine. This has different names depending on your distro.
gtk-engine-murrine (Arch Linux)
gtk2-engines-murrine (Debian, Ubuntu, elementary OS)
gtk-murrine-engine (Fedora)
gtk2-engine-murrine (openSUSE)
gtk-engines-murrine (Gentoo)

How to install:

Just copy the extracted file to a '.themes'-folder you make in your home directory.
Then use Tweak-tool to select the GTK and shell theme.
LOG OUT AND BACK IN for changes to take effect !

To put the buttons to the left open a terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout "close,minimize,maximize:"

To put the buttons back to the right in case you want to revert:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ":minimize,maximize,close"
Last changelog:

Added a github-link 3 months ago

Files are now available at my github


7 days ago

awesome man



18 days ago

ugh, make your system look like the worst and most limited system I can think of...



2 months ago

What set of fonts are you using for your Gnome Shell ?




2 months ago

Install links don't work



2 months ago

sometimes this site is irresponsive. Tested it myself and it works for now...



3 months ago

Very good, man. Tnx!



3 months ago

can't download it



3 months ago

Any chance to port this to CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 and other distros that uses older GTK? I'm running RHEL 7.3 and I have GTK 3.14 here.

Thanks in advance!



3 months ago

GTK 3.14 has different CSS-code. It would require me to redo every setting again to comply with a (sorry) outdated gtk. From a designer view -while I understand people sometimes need to keep their old OS - the newer GTK-versions allow for more customization. Seeing that most users update their system anyway, I tend to keep my themes complying with the latest GTK.



3 months ago

Great work! I love this theme, it really deserves a PPA. Only problem I've found is that windows' shadows makes surrounding window resize area too thick. If I have two overlapping windows and I click on the one in background, if I don't click far enough from the foreground window border the click will not arrive to the background one and the cursor got the 'resize' shape.



3 months ago

Should be adressed in the latest version.



3 months ago

Hey Paul,

I am writing a layout manager for GNOME and I like your theme. I hope you are OK with my script linking to your theme.

Here is the said script:
It is also mentioned in this page:

I added you on the credits too. Please let me know if it's fine.




3 months ago

Updated the theme. I'm pleased with any publicity. So it's fine.



3 months ago

@paulxfce Thank you! Would it be possible if I asked for one small favor? Whenever you update the file the Download ID on gnome-look changes so I have to manually edit the script everytime. Would it be possible by any chance, to upload on Github (or any host) and then link to there from within gnome-look? That way the URL stays consistent. Thanks!



3 months ago


I can set up a repository and transfer ownership if your unable at the present time to do so, if you need that help.

kind regards



3 months ago

on github with all files etc also i can create debian packages if you want easier user installation.

let me know.



3 months ago

I could use your help on this. How do I upload the complete theme?



3 months ago

I’ve uploaded all files and created a repository for you and transferred ownership to you, all you need to do is login to github and except the repository.

kind regards



3 months ago

I accepted the transfer, and it seems to be there... I've opened an 'issue' for discussion. Could you help me there?



3 months ago

This has to be one of the best GTK themes ever, really well done, excellent readability and looks beautiful as well. Any chance for an optional version with non OSX-like buttons? I know this is an OSX inspired theme, but this theme would look great even as non OSX theme with different buttons, its readability and appearance is excellent, in any case thank you for your work, it is a real pleasure to use this theme. Do you have any plans for making a Gnome shell theme? I tried many OSX inspired shell themes yet I didnt like any of them, many get the colors of the panel right, but panel menus tend to be too bright, too chaotic etc. None of them look nearly as good as your GTK theme. I am using Gnome-OSX-Light-Shell, but while it looks good it is not a clone of OSX shell theme, it is darker and transparent, but it looks good, clean lines and everything looks pretty good. I tried various other OSX inspired shell themes and all suffer from panel menus being too bright and/or too chaotic, your GTK theme has colors perfectly done and now it just needs a complementary shell theme.



4 months ago

How did you manage to get Chromium to look like this ? I'm locked with default "minimize, maximize, close" chromium buttons.

More over, do you plan to try to get the bar at the top of the screen (the one with the data, wifi, battery and so on) to be grey and look like the one on MacOS ? It's the one thing I like the most about macOS, this small bar looks better than the one we have.

Thanks for your work.



4 months ago

right-click on the empty space right to the tabs; then choose system titlebar and borders.
The top-bar in OSX is the menubar. Which has nothing to do with the topbar in gnome. I've provided two themes already, but not with a white topbar. There are other shell themes out there that provide what you want...



4 months ago

Greeeaaat theme.

This deserve a PPA. Maybe you should talk with noobslab about that.



4 months ago

A delight of theme, many thanks for giving us this!



4 months ago

Hi . Great job !
How can i change the titlebar (not headerbar) gradient color ? I want to make it fully white.
I could change the headerbar background-color but i can't find titlebar in gtk.css file
Help me please.


Added a github-link 3 months ago

Files are now available at my github

Update to gnome 3.24 3 months ago

Updated the theme to work with the latest gnome.
Headerbar and buttons are a bit smaller.
Redesigned the window-decoration and shadows to address issues
Removed redundant code.

Solution for nautilus-menu-disabled-items -theming. New sidebar background 5 months ago

Solution for nautilus-menu-disabled-items -theming. New sidebar background
Thanks Gelonek for finding the bug. I appreciate the feedback!

Added a theme-version with no transparent sidebar (NT) 5 months ago

At request: a version with no transparency set for the nautilus sidebar.

Window resize area reduced 5 months ago

'Melk' pointed out to the problem of the large area the resizing cursor takes before the pointer focusses on the other items on the desktop. He is absolutely right. The margin was set to 10px. Which is wrong. I now reduced the margin-size to 3px. I re-uploaded a correct version (an update again...) 2.4.

System-log errors corrected 5 months ago

Autocrosser1 pointed out that the theme created 'log-flooding', which pointed to colors not defined properly. Updated the download-file with a corrected version 2.3

Refining theme 5 months ago

-fixed the round button on sliders not showing a border
-made new check-and radio buttons
-harmonized the size and spacing of check-and radio buttons across GTK2- and GTK- applications
-removed the dotted inner box that showed the focus-button, because it was ugly...
- harmonized the line-color and depth beneath the headerbar or menubar across GTK2 and GTK3
-Blurred background remains even in maximized window-state
-removed the dotted line that appears at the top or bottom when scrolling trough lenghty lists (overshoot and undershoot)
reduced the default button-height to 20px, thereby making the buttons smaller in GTK3

Side-bar 5 months ago

New Side-bar solution: using blurred background, instead of transparent color

Version 2 5 months ago

Major changes in this theme:
- lighter theme, with rounded buttons
- transparent sidebar with bolded text-elements (just like mac-osx-finder)
- elevated and rounded buttons
- exclusion of original unfocused window theming: only title-buttons are greyed out
- overall fine-tuning

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