A piece of my mind

Installing Ubuntu Studio Theme

Ubuntu Studio is a multimedia editing/creation flavour of Ubuntu. It’s built for the GNU/Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast or professional. Because I don’t do audio, video and graphic editing or creation, so I didn’t install Ubuntu Studio. But from the screenshot, I really like the theme that is used by Ubuntu Studio. So I decide to install the theme into my Feisty Fawn.

1. Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and put this line:

deb http://archive.ubuntustudio.org/ubuntustudio feisty main

2. Get the gpg for that repo

$ wget http://archive.ubuntustudio.org/ubuntustudio.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –

3. Run

$ sudo apt-get update

4. If you want to install all the themes that is used in Ubuntu Studio, including gdm theme, wallpapers, icon theme, session splashes and gtk theme use this

$ sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-look

I didn’t installed gdm theme and session splashes so i did this:

$ sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-theme ubuntustudio-icon-theme ubuntustudio-wallpapers



Here I attached a file that contains deb packages for ubuntustudio-theme, ubuntustudio-icon-theme, ubuntustudio-wallpapers and gtk2-engines-murrine (required by ubuntustudio-theme). For you who use Dapper or Edgy or maybe who use 64bit can try that file to install Ubuntu Studio theme.

ubuntustudiotheme.tar.gz Downloads: 15362 times

For you running Edgy Eft please use this gtk2-engines-murrine_0.30.2-1_i386.deb than the one provided in the file above. Thanks to ragingmon!

UPDATE (16 January 2008):
If you are using Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) the packages is already in the repository, so you can skip step number 1-3


  1. Marcos Marcos
    Fri, 11 May 2007    

    Too bad theres no AMD64 package for those :S, or am I wrong?

  2. mike mike
    Fri, 11 May 2007    

    I already did this before, but Ubuntustudio’s theme is just great.

    Just the notifications suck…

  3. Fri, 11 May 2007    

    Thanks for the great tip! :-)

  4. Fri, 11 May 2007    

    @ Marcos
    I think you don’t need AMD64 packages just to install themes.
    But if you reffering to Ubuntu Studio for AMD64, the Ubuntu Studio developers said that it could be available in the future.

  5. Sat, 12 May 2007    

    Thanks a lot for the post; this theme is slick!

  6. Sat, 12 May 2007    

    tetep bagusan windows …. *kabooooorrrrr…..*

  7. Sat, 12 May 2007    

    Ok, now how do I fully uninstall it ;-).
    GDM splash etc.

  8. Sat, 12 May 2007    

    @ turtleJP
    just do
    $ sudo apt-get remove ubuntustudio-look
    $ sudo apt-get remove ubuntustudio-(what_you_installed)

    then change back your themes in System –> Preferences –> Themes
    System –> Administration –> Login Window to change back your GDM theme

  9. Matt Jones Matt Jones
    Sat, 12 May 2007    

    Thanks for this!

  10. Sat, 12 May 2007    

    arrgghh gelap

  11. Michael Michael
    Sat, 12 May 2007    

    Anyone tried this on Kubuntu?

  12. Ant Ant
    Sun, 13 May 2007    

    Hello and thanks a lot for this! I had been trying to find a way to get ubuntustudio look.

    Anyway I encounter a problem after i enter this:
    $ wget http://archive.ubuntustudio.org/ubuntustudio.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key

    I then get:
    Cannot write to `ubuntustudio.gpg’ (Broken pipe).

    Any idea why this happens? Sorry I’m still a bit new to Ubuntu.

  13. Sun, 13 May 2007    

    @ Ant
    try to separate that command
    $ wget http://archive.ubuntustudio.org/ubuntustudio.gpg

    after that

    $ sudo apt-key add ubuntustudio.gpg

  14. Sun, 13 May 2007    

    very thanks.

  15. Sun, 13 May 2007    

    have u tried these tips for edgy?

  16. Yanuar Yanuar
    Sun, 13 May 2007    

    good tutuorial, coz i don’t really want to install ubuntu studio fully, just the themes.
    Trims om belutz.

  17. Sun, 13 May 2007    

    @ init_(0)
    this is just a theme, so I think it will for in edgy. Just remember not to upgrade any packages. After installing the theme, comment the ubuntu studio line in sources.list

  18. Jared Jared
    Tue, 15 May 2007    

    Hmm, apt is complaining because it can find the amd64 bit packages. Apt shouldn’t be crapping completely out on the repo for that, should it?

  19. Atle Atle
    Tue, 15 May 2007    

    Hi, it seemed OK at first, but not all colors where correct, for instance the font color on the menu-bars. So I switched back to the default theme. But then it all froze, and I can’t get back into Gnome. Luckily I mainly use Fluxbox so I can use my computer, but does anyone know how to fix this?

    The only difference I did was that I used aptitude instead of apt-get, but I can’t understand that would make Gnome freeze.

  20. Thu, 17 May 2007    

    What about for dapper?

  21. ricardo ricardo
    Thu, 17 May 2007    

    hey, i really like the them, but in the picture appear a taskbar in the right side, i have ubuntu festy fawn and i wanna know how to install or get that bar…thanks

  22. Sat, 19 May 2007    

    @ Jared, Derek
    please take a look at the update, i hope that works for you

    @ ricardo
    I don’t quite follow what picture are you reffering to. If you reffering to the big analog clock, I use screenlets http://hendrik.kaju.pri.ee/screenlets/

  23. Sat, 19 May 2007    

    :)) looks pretty

  24. Tue, 22 May 2007    

    Keren euy

  25. Tue, 22 May 2007    

    Bos, gw dah 2x donlod file Ubuntustudio.tar.gz tapi dua2nya corrupt mulu. Kenapa ya? Pdhl donlodnya pake donlod manager. Thx

  26. Tue, 22 May 2007    

    @ mas eko
    udah di upload ulang mas. Silahkan dicoba lagi. Thanks atas pemberitahuannya :)

  27. h@wky h@wky
    Wed, 23 May 2007    

    Thanks! Works great… !

  28. Wed, 23 May 2007    

    Yup, skrg udah OK. Tinggal coba di install di Ubuntu nya :D Thx ya bos…

  29. Wed, 23 May 2007    

    I’m using edgy and I’m trying to install:

    But it says “Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: gtk2-engines-murrine”

    help. please..

  30. Wed, 23 May 2007    


    I am getting the same errors when I try and dpkg the gtk2 DEB:

    (Reading database … 167435 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to replace gtk2-engines-murrine 0.10-1 (using gtk2-engines-murrine_0.5 2-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) …
    Unpacking replacement gtk2-engines-murrine …
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of gtk2-engines-murrine:
    gtk2-engines-murrine depends on libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.13.1); however:
    Version of libatk1.0-0 on system is 1.11.4-0ubuntu1.
    gtk2-engines-murrine depends on libc6 (>= 2.5-0ubuntu1); however:
    Version of libc6 on system is 2.3.6-0ubuntu20.4.
    gtk2-engines-murrine depends on libcairo2 (>= 1.4.2); however:
    Version of libcairo2 on system is 1.0.4-0ubuntu1.
    gtk2-engines-murrine depends on libfontconfig1 (>= 2.4.0); however:
    Version of libfontconfig1 on system is 2.3.2-1.1ubuntu12.
    gtk2-engines-murrine depends on libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.12.9); however:
    Version of libglib2.0-0 on system is 2.10.3-0ubuntu1.
    gtk2-engines-murrine depends on libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.10.3); however:
    Version of libgtk2.0-0 on system is 2.8.20-0ubuntu1.1.
    gtk2-engines-murrine depends on libpango1.0-0 (>= 1.16.1); however:
    Version of libpango1.0-0 on system is 1.12.3-0ubuntu3.
    gtk2-engines-murrine depends on libxfixes3 (>= 1:4.0.1); however:
    Version of libxfixes3 on system is 1:
    gtk2-engines-murrine depends on libxrandr2 (>= 2:1.2.0); however:
    Version of libxrandr2 on system is 1:
    dpkg: error processing gtk2-engines-murrine (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:

  31. Wed, 23 May 2007    

    ok I’ve fixed it.. I’m using edgy..
    download gtk2-engines-murrine_0.30.2-1_i386.deb here:


    and I don’t like the Window Borders of Ubuntu Studio, some panels are not looking good. So I downloaded and intalled the Neutronium Theme..
    download it here:

  32. Thu, 24 May 2007    

    @ ragingmon
    thanks for the workaround. I can’t test it in Edgy because I don’t have a machine that running Edgy.
    I’ll add the file for download. Thanks

  33. Thu, 24 May 2007    

    your welcome!!! :D

  34. 4llf0rn0t 4llf0rn0t
    Mon, 28 May 2007    


    i don’t like the window heading/title of ubuntustudio (why is it colored blue??) so thanks for the suggesting Neutronium.

    • Mon, 5 May 2014    

      Wow! Great to find a post with such a clear meagsse!

  35. Ponty Ponty
    Mon, 28 May 2007    

    Thanks for the great theme

  36. Ben Ben
    Sat, 2 Jun 2007    

    awesome, thx man looks awesome

  37. genius genius
    Fri, 8 Jun 2007    

    It’s good. i have installed it in my system. Think you.

  38. Das Goat Das Goat
    Sun, 10 Jun 2007    

    The first method didn’t work because sudo apt-get update says:
    W: GPG error: http://archive.ubuntustudio.org feisty Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY A361B38AB6A4EB33
    W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
    E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    so it can’t get a key it is looking for. The second method, the package you have for down load, did work with one caviat:

    I use 64 bit, so I had to use the package manager to install gtk2-engines-murrine. then the other three installed. i was able to get the wallpaper up, but i can’t figure out how to get the theme it self to launch to change the icons. Can you give me a hint?

  39. Sun, 10 Jun 2007    

    @ Das Goat
    For the 1st method, I think you skip the step 2 so it didn’t find the gpg key.
    For changing the icons, you can go to System -> Preferences -> Theme, and then click on Customize, you will see an “Icons” tab in there, select it and choose your desirable icons set.

  40. Peter Peter
    Mon, 11 Jun 2007    

    Mmmm awesome I love it.

  41. Joe Joe
    Wed, 13 Jun 2007    

    Im not really sure how to edit that line of code in step 1 could someone please give me very specific instructions


  42. Thu, 14 Jun 2007    

    This one makes sence “One’s first step in wisdom is to kuesstion everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.”

  43. Wed, 20 Jun 2007    

    Very nice. Thanks for the walkthrough.

  44. Sun, 24 Jun 2007    

    Hmm, I’m a little stuck.

    I’ve followed the instructions (installed the separate packages, not not the whole ubuntustudio-look), but when I go to System -> Preferences -> Themes, I don’t see the Ubuntu Studio one there anywhere! Is there something else I need to do? I installed ubuntustudio-theme, ubuntustudio-wallpapers, and ubuntustudio-icon-theme.

    Any help would be great! Thanks :)

  45. Sun, 24 Jun 2007    


    In case anybody else gets stuck, I simply customized a theme, choosing UbuntuStudio for the controls, icons, window borders, etc.

    I really like this theme!

  46. linuxuser linuxuser
    Fri, 29 Jun 2007    

    i tried doing that and i changed the login preferences to the studio theme and my computer freezes before reaching the logon screen after restart

  47. Thu, 5 Jul 2007    

    Heres a great theme I discovered on Gnome-look which gives you the vista glass effect over Gnome.

    The configuration steps for Ubuntu are here:

  48. doc91b doc91b
    Fri, 13 Jul 2007    

    I installed successfully as per instructions, and no new theme in System->Preferences->Theme
    Though with some digging I noticed that I could change an existing theme to use elements of the Ubuntu Studio theme. This forces me to manually choose the colors and everything – defeating the purpose of themes.
    How do I get Ubuntu Studio to be a theme in the Themes list, rather than an option to customize an existing theme?

  49. Sun, 15 Jul 2007    

    Thanks for the great tip! Awesome theme!

  50. Tue, 24 Jul 2007    

    Hi .
    thanks alot for this cool desktop I installd it and its working perfect , I just dont get the clock ,CPU, and memory information on the desktop .. I will be thankfull if anyone tell me how to show them up on the desktop

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