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How to install icon themes in Linux Mint Cinnamon [Beginner Tip]

If you feel that the default Mint themes and icons are not good enough for you, why not change them?

In this quick tip for beginners we will see How to install icon themes in Linux Mint and more than that, How to change icons in Linux Mint.

For this tutorial we will install the awesome Flat Remix icon design.

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There is a difference between “themes” and “icon themes”. An icon theme only changes the appearance of icons, while a theme changes many other appearances on the desktop.

Install icon themes in Linux Mint

There are two ways to install icon themes in Linux Mint (and many others, if not all).

  • If you download the icon theme in a compressed folder from Gnome-look or other portals, You can extract it into the ~/.icons directory. Usually this hidden directory does not exist. You need to create it. This is the universal and easy way. You can also consult our guide on how to install themes on Ubuntu. Here is the same process.
  • The second way To install an icon theme, a PPA is used. Many popular icon themes have their own PPA.
  • Some other icon theme sets have installation scripts that you can run for further customization. For example, the WhiteSur Icon theme. It provides an installation script, install.shYou can clone such repositories and then run ./install.sh --provided-options.

Install Flat Remix Icon Set in Linux Mint using PPA

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Before installing an icon theme, first make sure it is not already installed. For example, the Papirus and Numix icon themes are already installed on Linux Mint.

To install the icon theme, open a terminal (CTRL + T) and enter the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:daniruiz/flat-remix
sudo apt update
sudo apt install flat-remix

That's it. You have the Flat Remix icon theme installed on your system.

Change icons in Linux Mint

Changing an icon theme in Ubuntu was straightforward. However, in Linux Mint, it's a bit hidden. After you install the icon themes, click the menu icon in the bar and look for “Themes.” Open the Themes app.

Find and open theme applications from the Linux Mint applications menu in the panel.
Open the design settings

Next, navigate to “Advanced Settings”.

In the design application, click Advanced Settings if they are not already there.
Click Advanced Settings

Now you might understand why I said that changing the icon in Linux Mint is a bit hidden. It is located in the Advanced Settings window.

To change only the icon here, go to “subjects” and click Symbols. From the list that appears, select the installed icon theme you want to use.

In the advanced theme settings, on the Themes tab, click Icons.
Select an icon design from the list

The changes take effect immediately. No restart required.

In the theme settings, the current icon design is displayed as Flat Remix.
The current icon theme is Flat Remix

This is what my Linux Mint desktop looks like after applying the Flat Remix icon themes:

The system uses the “Flat Remix Icon” design.
Cinnamon Desktop with Flat Remix Icon Theme

Bonus Tip: Install and Change Cursor Theme in Linux Mint

Similar to icon themes are cursor themes. To install a cursor theme, you can download the cursor theme folder, extract it and copy it to the ~/.icons Directory. After inserting, open the design settings window.

In the Advanced Settings, on the Themes tab, click Cursors and then select the desired cursor from the list.

Select the desired cursor design from the list.
Choose a new cursor design

That's all. Your cursor design should now have changed.

Wrap up

I hope you find this way to quickly install and change icon themes in Linux Mint helpful.

Don't forget to check out the best icon themes in Ubuntu where you can find some beautiful icons to decorate your desktop.

Do you have any questions, suggestions or thoughts? Feel free to leave a comment.

You may also be interested in the detailed tutorial on installing themes in Linux Mint:

How to change themes in Linux Mint

Using Linux Mint is a unique experience from the start for its main desktop environment: Cinnamon. This is one of the main features why I love Linux Mint. Since the Mint development team started to take design more seriously, the Themes applet became an important means not only to add new