How to install the Hooli GTK theme [Guide]

The Hooli GTK theme is a modern theme for Linux that borrows a lot of design influence from Google, and the material design language. The theme is very similar to GTK themes like Adapta, Paper, and Materia. Officially, it supports all of the major GTK-based Linux desktop environments, as long as they have access to the latest GTK3 technologies.

Download Hooli GTK theme

Hooli is available for download via the Gnome-look theme website. To get it, visit this page here, click on “files,” and download to your Linux PC.

Don’t want to use Gnome-look? Open up a terminal window and use the wget download program to grab

Note: don’t have wget installed? Head over to and download Wget for your Linux operating system.

It is possible to use the wget program to download the file via terminal.

wget -O

With the Hooli GTK theme done downloaded, follow the instructions below to learn how to extract the theme files.

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Extract Hooli GTK theme files

Before being able to use Hooli on your Linux PC, the theme files must be extracted. Since the theme file archive is in Zip format, the unzip tool is required. Launch a terminal and follow the instructions to install Unzip on Linux.


sudo apt install unzip


sudo apt-get install unzip

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S unzip


sudo dnf install unzip


sudo zypper install unzip

Generic Linux

Are you using a lesser-known Linux distribution? Don’t worry! The Unzip tool is one of the most popular ways of extracting Zip archives on Linux. Since it is so ubiquitous, there’s a great chance that your operating system has it in its package repositories. To get it, search for “unzip” or “zip” and install the way you typically install programs.

Once Unzip is installed and working on Linux, it’s time to extract Using the CD command, move the terminal to the ~/Downloads directory. Then, extract the files.

cd ~/Downloads unzip

Or, if you downloaded with wget, do:


When the unzip command finishes, the Hooli GTK theme files will be fully extracted (thanks to Unzip) on your Linux PC.

Verify theme files

Before going ahead with the installation, it’s a good idea to view the folder and ensure that all the theme data is there. Using the CD command, move into the Hooli theme folder.

cd ~/Downloads/Hooli

Or, for Wget downloaders:

cd ~/Hooli

View the contents of the Hooli directory with ls.

ls -a

Install Hooli GTK

It’s time to set up the Hooli GTK theme on your Linux PC. Follow the instructions below to get it working.

Install for single-user

To install Hooli-GTK on Linux for a single user, do the following.

Step 1: Create a .themes folder in the home directory with the mkdir command.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

Step 2: Place the Hool-GTK files in the .themes folder with the mv command.

mv ~/Downloads/Hooli ~/.themes


mv ~/Hooli ~/.themes

Install system-wide

It is possible to set up Hooli so that every user may have access to it, by placing it in the root theme folder. To do it, run:

sudo mv ~/Downloads/Hooli /usr/share/themes


sudo mv ~/Hooli /usr/share/themes

Icons for Hooli

Need a good set of icons to use with the Hooli GTK theme? Check out the Papirus icon theme. It’s a very active, material design-inspired icon theme for the Linux desktop environment that will fit perfectly with your new Hooli setup.

To learn more about Papirus and how to install it alongside Hooli and your Linux PC, check out our in-depth tutorial on it. We go over how to download Papirus and set it up on many different Linux distributions!

Enable Hooli GTK theme

The Hooli GTK theme is installed on your Linux computer, but you will not be able to use it on your Linux desktop unless you set it as the default theme on your computer. To do this, open up the system settings area. Once in settings, look through and find the “Appearance,” or “theme” settings. Inside the “Appearance” or “theme” section, go through and change the GTK theme settings from the default theme to “Hooli.”

Unsure of how to set the Hooli GTK theme as default on your Linux desktop environment? We can help! Look below for the desktop environment you use on the list below. Each of the links in the list point to an in-depth tutorial that goes over how to set up things like custom themes, icons and more!

Note: Hooli is a GTK-based theme, so it will not work on desktop environments like KDE Plasma 5, LXQt, or other setups that do not use GTK.

  • Cinnamon
  • Gnome Shell
  • LXDE
  • Mate
  • Budgie
  • XFCE4


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