It is getting more and more difficult, if not impossible, to have a desktop environment that is consistent. If Operating Systems let you choose a theme, you expect that theme to be applied system-wide. In Linux this is/used to be the case. Now it is getting so challenging. Libadwaita, Flatpaks, the new QT6, they seem to not want consistency at all. Meaning, the new “apps” and the update ones, will be less and less consistent. This is sad…
In this tutorial I will show you how you can fix some flatpaks. By some I mean the ones that only use GTK. Of course if they use GTK + libadwaita this won’t work… This hack will make some (I crazily estimate) 30% of flatpaks respect your system’s theme (preferences).
Create a folder.
Create a folder:
~/.themes/. It is important to name it as such and add it to your home folder.
Make a script.
Create a new file in
~/.local/bin . I named mine
fixflats. Add this to it:
#!/bin/bash rm -r ~/.themes/* 2> /dev/null rsync -av --progress /usr/share/themes/* ~/.themes/ --exclude Windowck rsync -av --progress ~/.local/share/themes/* ~/.themes/ --exclude Windowck-dark
Right click it, Properties, Permissions and “Allow this file to run as a program”.
Make it autorun every hour or so via Zeit.
In the Command add
Then open the terminal and do:
sudo flatpak override --filesystem=~/.themes/ .
Now all flatpaks are forced to look at the
.themes folder for the system’s theme. And since that folder is synced with
.local/share/themes then any theme you will install, it will work.
Flatpaks that use QT or have hard coded themes, won’t give a damn about out hack .
But at least it is some improvement.