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AwOken by alecive AwOken by alecive

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Before asking, if you have any problem, run at least once the customization script, and TAKE A LOOK AT THE README FILE!!!


This iconset is only for GNOME/XFCE/LXDE. The kde version is available here ->…


  • PPA modality:

    1. Type in a terminal window:

      1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alecive/antigone

      2. sudo apt-get update

      3. sudo apt-get install awoken-icon-theme

      4. awoken-icon-theme-customization

    2. Follow Instructions

  • WARNING: with ppa subscription you can always get the newest version on your machine. But to see the improvements, you have to configure (or re-configure) at least once the iconset either for clear version, or dark version, or even a colored one.

  • Download the iconset:

    1. EDIT: for now, deviantArt doesn't let me upload the iconset due to its restrictions. So, from now on, the icon set will be available from this link (on my dropbox account) ->…
      MIRROR ->!mEkXET4T!Y8htlSzg…

    2. Extract the archive, enter in the newly-created directory called AwOken-2.5, and extract these archives as well

    3. Move the folders called AwOken, AwOkenDark, and AwOkenWhite in your .icons folder

    4. Type in a terminal window:

      1. cd .icons

      2. sudo cp -p AwOken/awoken-icon-theme-customization /usr/bin

      3. sudo cp -p AwOken/awoken-icon-theme-customization-clear /usr/bin

      4. sudo cp -p AwOkenDark/awoken-icon-theme-customization-dark /usr/bin

      5. sudo cp -p AwOkenWhite/awoken-icon-theme-customization-white /usr/bin

      6. awoken-icon-theme-customization

    5. Follow Instructions


To exploit full power of customization script, you have to install zenity (recommended, used to see the GUI) and imagemagick (mandatory, used to color icons). If you use Ubuntu, they're in repositories, so you have only to install them from Software Center.



If you have follow instructions above, you have only to type in a terminal window:


And follow instructions provided!



  • Added a full-featured colored version! More than 500 icons were re-drawed in colored mode.

  • Changed licensing: from cc-by-nc-sa to cc-by-sa! Now the iconset is completely free :)

  • Iconset updated to Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail!

  • Added ppa for Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal and Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

  • Solved a bug in coloration script (many thanks to

  • Secure icons are now available in networkmanager

  • New ubuntuone icons, as well as new emoticons for chat

  • Added more than 50 xfce4 icons

  • Added icons for gnome 3.8 applications: gnome-games, gnome-documents, gnometris, quadrapassel, gnome-boxes, gnome-disks, and more

  • Added or redrawed more than 400 icons

  • Added more than 200 symbolic icons

  • Dropped ppa for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

Complete changelog (especially for previous versions) is stored in README PDF file.


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While I believe that this icon set is the best there is for Linux I do believe it can be improved a bit. My main critique would be that I think the icons are a bit blurry when they are under 32px. This might be by design as it might offer better support when scaling the images, but I guess I am a little picky and prefer sharper icons. For this reason I have replaced the status icons with Faenza as they are a bit sharper and come off a bit cleaner. I would be glad to share a screen shot if requested.

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ObelixXXL Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
bash: /usr/bin/awoken-icon-theme-customization: Permission denied
What should I do about this? :( I'm on Debian Wheezy
alecive Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014   Interface Designer
Can you post the output of ll /usr/bin/awoken-icon-theme-customization* ?
ObelixXXL Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Problem sorted, nevermind :D. Thank you very much for creating that state-of-the-art icon pack
anoop112 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the best icon set i have used in linux .. i love the dark ones ...i have been using this icon-set without any problem in ubuntu and elementary os but recently i have switched to archlinux and the customization script doesn't seem to work..
however there are a couple of things that i noted
first of all u can't launch the customization script as normal user.
after the script runs only the programs that run as root seems to be customized
for example thunar as normal user doesn't show the customized icons but when i launch thunar as root everything seems to be customized
i even created a symlink of /usr/share/icons to my home folder
nothing seems to work ..
anyway thanks for this incredible iconset..Clap 
alecive Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013   Interface Designer
why you can't run the customization script as a normal user? Theoretically, you shouldn't never use the script as root, otherwise it would work only for applications launched as root! Can you provide me more information?
TwinMiaou Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
As ~mintystark says, it seems unfortunate that the icons are blurry under 32 pixels size, because I really like the simply style of your Mono mode.
I hope it will be taken into account for the next version!

But thanks for your work!
TwinMiaou Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Oh sorry if my comment hurts you, I didn't want. My mistake if I thought that was your fault, is rather only my feeling, because I was searching for icons looking like those of lubuntu-default (13.04)! But as you said, it's this "aura" that's make me think icons are blurry, and I don't want you avoid to add shadows!
Here I give you a screenshot, between the two different icon themes :

Thanks for your explanations!

And for the tag, you just have to add @ in front of the name ;) (Wink)
alecive Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Interface Designer
Ok, let's make it clear.
Maybe this is a personal issue of mine, but my problem is that I honestly don't see the blurriness at all with the current version of the iconset. Previously, there was this problem because icons were available only at 128x128px size, so basically the system had to scale them and this added blurriness. But, since a year or so, I specifically added a 24x24 folder in order to avoid that! Now the system has to scale only sizes <24px.

In summary, I admit that there might be a specific case in which some smaller icons are blurred (e.g., the icons on the gnome-shell top panel, which are 16x16px), but I honestly don't think that at that size you're able to detect this.

The only thing that can be confused with blurriness is the fact that at a small size the shadows become very small, and they might seem blurriness because they add an "aura" around the shapes (kind of). The only solution that I might think of is to remove shadows on little icons, but I honestly would like to avoid that since that shadow is one of the characteristic design features of AwOken icon set!

If you want to make a reproducible example feel free to do that! Problem is that I should be at your desk with your laptop in order to fully understand this :(

PS: how did you "tag" mintystark? I didn't know about this feature!
kaszak696 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
It seems that with the release of Gnome 3.10 the AwOken settings are no longer respected, i'm getting color icons even when i turn everything to monochrome. Also, zenity glitches up.
alecive Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Interface Designer
Can you explain me with more details? Did you rebooted the system? And can you explain me exactly the steps you did?

Unfortunately, zenity issues are not my concern (neither my fault :) ).
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