If you’re like me and use Linux Mint as your everyday desktop OS of choice, you’re used to a certain look (be it XFCE, KDE (for older releases) or most likely, Cinnamon) provided by Mint themes.

At work, I use a Ubuntu Server (with a Mate Desktop) with one single Desktop application (the why, when or how isn’t important here). I have this VM in full screen (on a separate monitor).

I’ve recently started using Mint themes (Mint-Y Dark theme) for Mint and while I like it, the difference between this and the screen next to it is annoyingly obvious. The one Dark theme on Ubuntu Mate desktop is blatantly inferior (in my opinion at least) so, what can we do?

We can install Mint themes on Ubuntu. Please note that I’ve only tested this on Ubuntu 19.04. I have no idea if it’ll work on older versions. So, to do this, follow these steps:

Create a new .sh file and open it:

touch mint-themes-installer.sh
nano mint-themes-installer.sh

Copy the following in:

mkdir ~/mint-themes
cd ~/mint-themes
wget http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/main/m/mint-x-icons/mint-x-icons_1.5.2_all.deb
wget http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/main/m/mint-y-icons/mint-y-icons_1.3.4_all.deb
wget http://packages.linuxmint.com/pool/main/m/mint-themes/mint-themes_1.8.2_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i mint-x-icons_1.5.2_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i mint-y-icons/mint-y-icons_1.3.4_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i mint-themes/mint-themes_1.8.2_all.deb
cd .. && sudo rm -rf mint-themes/

Make it executable and run it:

sudo chmod +x mint-themes-installer.sh
sudo bash mint-themes-installer.sh

You’ll now be able to find the Mint themes in both areas you’ll need to change them within Ubuntu (“Appearance” and “Window Manager”).

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