I want to install the theme (shell style + icons) to Fedora 21. In order to that, I installed the Gnome Tweak Tool. I tried to install themes (Install Shell Extension) from http://gnome-look.org/, but all themes I tried returned the error Invalid extension, probably, due to high Gnome version. Could you please explain where to get the themes for Fedora 21 and how to install them. The real example is welcomed.

P.S. As far as I know, the themes are stored in /usr/share/themes, but when I tried to write to this folder I got access error, even when I tried to copy the folder in Terminal with sudo/su rights. How can I write to this folder or should I use another location, such as /home/user/.theme?


First, install the User Themes Extension. Having done that, you can unpack your downloaded themes into ~/.themes (so that they end up in ~/.themes/ThemeName, with the directory gnome-shell under that). Then, they'll show up in Gnome Tweak Tool. (You may have to restart the shell, with ALT-F2, a single r in the command dialog, and <enter>.)

  • I download the extension from git.gnome.org/browse/gnome-shell-extensions, according to the version of Gnome in my OS, but when I tried to install it I got the Invalid extension warning. – Mike B. Apr 16 '15 at 21:45
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    @MikeB Oh, actually, we have that one packaged up; you should be able to just yum install gnome-shell-extension-user-theme. – mattdm Apr 16 '15 at 21:49

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