WhiteSur: macOS Big Sur for Linux desktop, such as Gtk, Gnome Shell and icon themes

WhiteSur Gtk theme It is a macOS Big Sur theme for Gnome-based desktops and supports Gnome Shell, Cinnamon, Xfce, Pantheon, Budgie and Mate desktops.

The theme pack is available in light and dark versions, both in regular versions (in some applications, the sidebar is slightly transparent) and fixed versions.

For users who want a look closer to macOS Big Sur, there is also an optional Plank dock theme. By the way, if you use Ubuntu and want to disable Ubuntu Dock so that you can use Plank Dock instead, please refer to this article.

This theme requires Gtk 3.20 or higher, so it should be suitable for most Linux distributions, such as from Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.10, etc.

The same designer/developer also created a WhiteSur icon theme Imitated the macOS Big Sur icon theme of the Linux desktop. The icon theme is also available in light and dark versions.

I realize that not everyone likes the appearance of macOS or makes their Linux desktop look like MacOS, so this theme is not for everyone. But you must admit, this is cool. Believe it or not, there are many people who want to imitate the appearance of Linux on the Mac, and this article is for them.

If you prefer Adwaita or Yaru themes, but want to add some fun to them, please refer to:

  • Adwaita color variants: GNOME’s default theme has 12 colors (light and dark GTK3, GTK2 and GNOME Shell)
  • Yaru colors have been updated to 12 colors (GTK, icons, GNOME Shell, etc.) with the Ubuntu 20.04 Yaru theme

More screenshots:

WhiteSur Gtk theme
WhiteSur dark theme
macOS big sur gtk theme
WhiteSur light solid color theme (Plank does not have a solid color theme)
Whitening theme
WhiteSur light theme widget
Whitesur dark theme
WhiteSur dark theme widget

Before using the WhiteSur Gtk theme, important things you need to know:

1. Using Nvidia graphics (it will definitely happen in the proprietary driver, I’m not sure if this will happen in Nouveau too), the Nautilus sidebar will not refresh after hovering the mouse over the item, making it look pretty damaged:

WhiteSur Nautilus sidebar error

To work around this problem, theme developers have created reliable theme alternatives (such as WhiteSur-light-solid and WhiteSur-dark-solit), none of these alternatives have this problem.

2. Ubuntu 20.04 and 20.10 users will notice that with this theme, the Ubuntu software application is completely transparent and unusable. This is because Ubuntu Software is a snapshot application starting from Ubuntu 20.04, which will cause most third-party themes to fail to work with Ubuntu Software.

Basically, any Gtk theme that is not in the general theme snapshot will have this problem; theme support is under development for the snapshot, and this problem will continue to exist until it is completed.

However, there is a solution. Install Gnome software:

sudo apt install gnome-software

After that, you will see “Ubuntu Software” in the application menu, which is the Snap Store with these theme problems, and “Software” which is Gnome software (without these theme problems).

I explained this and other adjustments in the first task after installing Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa to make the most of it.

Download WhiteSur Gtk and icon themes (and wallpapers)

The WhiteSure Gtk download button above has compiled themes (including Gnome Shell and Plank themes).If you want to download the latest WhiteSur Gtk source from Git and build it yourself, please see Theme GitHub page.

To install the theme:

  • Gtk: Extract topics .tar.xz Archive and copy the extracted folder to ~/.themes For your current user, or /usr/share/themes (As the root user) for all users. If you have never installed a Gtk theme before, ~/.themes It may not exist, so please create this folder.
  • Icon: Extract theme .tar.xz Archive and copy the extracted folder to ~/.icons For your current users, or /usr/share/icons (As the root user) for all users. If you have never installed an icon theme before, ~/.icons It may not exist, so please create this folder.

For information on how to change Gtk, icons, or Gnome Shell themes, see this article.

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