Just installed Linux Mint 17 "Rebecca" Mate. I'm trying to install a new theme and am directed to


I've downloaded a couple and their instructions request that contents are copied to


However, I don't have writing permissions to copy to this folder. I carried out a workaround to basically force the download into /themes, but encountered a fairly obstructive error upon booting wherein the ICE authority file could not be updated. This has since been resolved.

What's a successful method?


2 Answers 2


Why not simply extract that to your home folder into ~/.themes directory? See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_TyVwRxgfI or http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=135054 or https://askubuntu.com/questions/121387/how-to-theme-the-cinnamon-desktop which also mention that you can install those .zip files directly via cinnamon control center.


From a command prompt:

sudo tar -xzf /path/to/downloaded/file.gz -C /usr/share/themes
  • It's a .zip unfortunately.
    – mickmau5
    Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 1:57
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    Use sudo unzip /path/to/file.zip -d /usr/share/themes
    – eyoung100
    Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 1:59
  • Doesn't tar's -f need to be the last option before the filename? Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 2:07
  • No, the options work in any order. AFAIK
    – eyoung100
    Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 2:08
  • steeldriver is correct, after -f tar expects the filename.
    – doktor5000
    Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 12:36

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