Minty Colors 0.2 beta1

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Last edited: 4 years ago

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Minty Colors is a chameleon theme for Cinnamon. It can change colors according to the current GTK theme, current wallpaper (uses imagemagick to get color) or a user defined color. Also various other aspects of the theme are customizable.

A process runs in the background which detects any change and reloads the theme accordingly. Everything will be automatic.
You can launch the GUI from the menu which lets you customise various aspects of the the theme. It will take few seconds for the changes to be applied.
The configuration file is automatically created and replaced every time you change the configuration. It should not be edited by hand.
Linux Mint/Ubuntu users can install Minty Colors from our themes PPA using the following commands,
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cinnamon-theme-minty-colors
If you don't use Linux Mint/Ubuntu, you need to compile from source. This is needed for the GUI. I could have provided a precompiled binary. But due to architecture differences, the GUI might not run on your distro.
Don't worry, it is easy and straight forward.
You will need to install the build-dependencies first (package names may vary depending on your distro),
glib2-devel gtk3-devel vala
Extract the archive, navigate to the directory and type the following commands in a terminal,
sudo make install
To make "Match wallpaper color" work, you will need to install ImageMagick
After installation, run "minty-colors" from the terminal to start the process. the process will start in background, so you won't see any outputs. It will also make a theme basing upon the template and default configuration.
Use Cinnamon Settings to choose the theme, or run the following commands in Terminal,
gsettings set org.cinnamon.theme name "minty-colors"
It will usually take few seconds to apply new configuration. When applying the new configuration, the theme is reloaded, and Cinnamon may freeze if you do things really fast when reloading the theme.
To view any error messages produced, stop the background process first and then run the process in Terminal,
minty-colors stop
minty-colors start
License: GPL

About The Author


I am a student, love to make themes, design websites, a little bit bash scripting and use Ubuntu, Fedora and Windows 7 on my laptop. I spend most of my time browsing the web and reading.


  1. petrochemicals says:

    3 years ago

    @satya164 Will there be an update to get this working in Raring and Mint 15.

  2. satya164 says:

    3 years ago

    @rectec nope. but I may add custom templates support in future and theme developers may make their theme supported if they want. Anyways, if someone wants to contact me, please contact on G+

  3. rectec says:

    3 years ago

    @satya164, Is it possible to use the color changing feature on a different theme? Please, get in touch. :)

  4. satya164 says:

    4 years ago

    @SnoringFrog available for Quantal now.

  5. KT-88 says:

    4 years ago

    I'm on Mint 4ever, but please change Firefox icons to Firefox standard icons.

  6. SnoringFrog says:

    4 years ago

    I'm on Ubuntu 12.10 and don't seem to be able to install this. I added the repository, made sure to sudo apt-get update, but when I run "sudo apt-get install cinnamon-theme-minty-colors" I get "unable to locate package cinnamon-theme-minty-colors". I also tried to compile from source, but since I cannot find the build dependencies, I can't install them and thus can't run make properly.

  7. cpmehl says:

    4 years ago

    Straight up extraordinary. Exceedingly nicely done!

  8. satya164 says:

    4 years ago

    @dalcde Nice suggestion. May be I will add this some day. @firefairy I don't have much time. But who knows! May be.

  9. Firefairy says:

    4 years ago

    I am usually limited to monochrome wallpaper by my preference for a rapidly-changing variety of wallpapers. Thank you so much for making this! I second the comment by dalcde that the font color (black/white) should be determined by the highlight color. I know that can be a pain to code ahead of time, though... Any chance of adding GTK+ capability (or a related GTK+ theme), similar to the script mentioned in this article?

  10. dalcde says:

    4 years ago

    When bright colors are used, the highlighted words should be black instead of white

  11. dalcde says:

    4 years ago

    It would be nice if PPAs can be provided for oneiric (11.10)

  12. satya164 says:

    4 years ago

    Just discovered a bug causing the freeze. There was a typo! Fixed it and uploaded new version. Please update.

  13. satya164 says:

    4 years ago

    @bimsebasse long time :)

  14. bimsebasse says:

    4 years ago

    Let's see how long it takes before everyone finds out this is the coolest shit in here :o)

  15. Oyabunbaba says:

    4 years ago

    Thank you, my favorite theme (^ - ^)