I just installed my own dwm I patched in systray and I would like to change the icon theme it uses away from adiwaita to something else (Arch ,Faba, Moka or breeze).

I tried changing to gnome, and then changing the theme, this worked for the cursor (I couldn't change it from within dwm) but not the systray icons.

Is there a way for me to change the systray icon-theme (within or outside dwm)??

Is there a way for me to change the cursor theme (without leaving dwm)?

Thanks ;-)

  • Were you ever able to get this done?
    – user304684
    Jul 13, 2020 at 1:20
  • @CtrlAltF2 No sadly not (Well, I guess I just didn't spend enough time on it) ;-( Jul 13, 2020 at 12:20

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I'm also the newcomer to dwm who is also confused about the configuration of theme and icon until I find this config gtk theme. Hope to help you!


The cursor is handled by the X server, not by dwm. Therefore, the easiest way is to use xrdb and/or the ~/.Xresources file, or lxappearance if you prefer GUIs.

For more information, visit the arch wiki.

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