Two Great Icon Sets That Every Ubuntu User Should Use

Part of the reason why most of us love Ubuntu is the level of personalisation that you can do with it. There are many thing you can change from themes to wallpapers to icon sets. In this article I’ll be talking about two of my favourite icon sets that I use. They are called Faenza and FS Ubuntu icons.

Faenza Icons

The Faenza icon set is arguably the most popular icon set that exists for Ubuntu/Linux. The set consists of custom icons for just about everything on the Linux desktop, including panel icons for both light and dark themes. The Faenza icon set works particularly well with Unity because of the same rectangular shape that all the icons in the set use. Here is a screenshot of my desktop running Faenza:

If you want to install the Faenza icon set in Ubuntu then you can either download the files from here and export them to /usr/share/icons on your system or you can run the following commands in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme

If you run the commands in terminal then you will continue to receive updates when the icon pack is updated so using the terminal commands gives this method an advantage over manual installation. Faenza icon’s are so popular that Canonical has actually employed Faenza’s creator to re-design the official Ubuntu icon theme.

FS Ubuntu Icons

The FS Ubuntu icons are another beautifully designed set that unlike Faenza use the Ubuntu orange and purple within the set. This is the icon set that I tend to use most of the time as they work beautifully with the Ubuntu Ambience theme. Like Faenza, FS Ubuntu icons also include custom icons for just about everything, including both dark and light panels. Here is a screenshot of my desktop running the FS Ubuntu icons:

If you want to install FS Ubuntu icons on your Linux/Ubuntu machine then you can download the set from here and export them to /usr/share/icons. You can also use the following terminal commands to install the set (note: at the time of writing this article the commands don’t work in 12.10) and like Faenza you will continue to get updates if you use the terminal commands.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kroq-gar78/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y fs-icons-ubuntu fs-icons-ubuntu-mono-dark fs-icons-ubuntu-mono-light


Once installed, you can set either of these icon sets by installing Tweak Tool from the Ubuntu software centre. Simply search for “tweak tool” and once installed change the icon theme from the “theme” section of the application.

I think it’s very important to customise your operating system and make it as individual as you are. If you have done some awesome work in customising your desktop, why not show it off in our forums. What icon set do you use? We’d love to hear in the comments section.

Two Great Icon Sets That Every Ubuntu User Should Use
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  • Lars Ivarsson

    The Faenza PPA also contains the Faience icon theme, a window theme & a gnome-shell theme.
    The only difference afaik, is the folder colors.

    To install the Faience icon theme, GTK & shell theme put this in terminal:

    sudo apt-get install faience-icon-theme faience-theme

  • shadowguy14

    I would love to have that wallpaper ;)

    • Kev Quirk

      If you let me know what your screen resolution, I will resize it and give you a download link.

      • shadowguy14

        1280 x 800