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Elementary OS, How To Add Icon Packs

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Elementary OS, How To Add Icon Packs

Elementary OS-- My fellow Linux heads let’s add some icon packs to our beloved Elementary OS desktop environment. When it comes to adding a set of icons made by one of the many designers out there, it can be easy when it is setup to install with just a few commands entered into your terminal.

However, if the designer has not set up things that way, they we will need to manually add the icon pack into the correct directory to make it work. Thankfully this is extremely easy to do as long as you know where to look, and you give you Files folder root privileges as you complete this task. If you are more of a visual learner, then scroll down to the video below and take a gander at it, I’ll walk you through the process.

For all those that understand the Linux world and are just looking for the directory, then here you go.

Step 1: Find and download the icon pack of your choice, you can head over to the Elementary OS Deviant Art section to find a few, here is the link:

Step 2: Extract the files from the downloaded zip file and make sure the icons are in a folder, some designers didn't do this, so when you extract the icons they will be intertwined with any other files you may already have in that folder already.

Step 3: Open up your Files folder with Root privileges, you can use a program like Nautilus to do this. (To install: sudo apt-get install nautilus)(To open: sudo nautilus)

Step 4: Navigate to “usr/share/icons” and extract them there.

Step 5: Log out and log back in and open up Elementary Tweaks(How to install on Freya: ) and change your icons to the one(s) you just added. If they do not show up, try restarting your PC and and changing them again.

That’s it, pretty easy huh? If you have any problems you can always leave a comment, I would suggest doing so on the YouTube video page as it is easier for me to reply and notice the comment in the first place.


Jonathan Parkinson

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