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How to Install the Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu 16.04

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A selection of Papirus’ icons

For a quick way to give your Ubuntu desktop a quick refresh try the ‘Papirus’ icon theme.

This icon pack boasts more than 1000 icons, with glyphs for most popular applications, including icons for Clementine, Atom editor, Corebird and VLC.

The icons use a playful colour palette and feature a subtle raised edge, giving them a semi-3D look.

It’s derived from Sam Hewitt’s Paper icon theme.

A Shapely Modern Icon Set

A few days back we wrote about the Kylin Icon Theme. This robust set offers a ream of rounded app icons, all of which adhere to the same ‘squircle’ design.

While this template helps creates a uniform visual consistency it also limits the familiar shapes and designs we’ve come to expect — and indeed like — of apps. VLC is a traffic cone, Clementine is an orange segment, system settings is a cog, etc.

Papirus icon theme is just as comprehensive as Kylin and equally as modern looking. But it eschews the boxy rigidity in favour of form and shape, delivering glyphs that look distinct yet maintain a consistent look and feel overall.

Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

To install on Ubuntu 16.04 run the following commands in a new Terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install papirus-gtk-icon-theme

The icon theme is designed to work with Unity, GNOME, Cinnamon and other GTK+ based desktop environments. A version for KDE users is also available.

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