ThemePacks HOWTO

Themes (Theme Packs) For Window Maker

Note: the information contained in this file is only valid for themes in the .themed (for theme directory) format, supported in Window Maker 0.50.0 or newer. See here for information on themes for WindowMaker-0.20.3 and earlier.

How To Install a Theme Pack

To install a theme, unpack your theme into your WindowMaker directory (the same as old-style themes), usually ~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker

cd ~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker
gzip -dc "xyztheme.tar.gz" | tar xvf -

You can also do this in your system-wide WindowMaker directory (usually /usr/local/share/WindowMaker) to have the themes be available to all your users. This will probably need to be done with root access.

How To Load a Theme

After installing a theme, it will automatically show up in your menu under Appearance -> Themes -> ThemeName. (unless of course you have manually changed your menu to remove this) If you have your Themes menu already opened and pinned to your desktop, you may need to close it and reopen it to have it show the new theme.

To manually load the new theme from the command line, use the setstyle command. Example:

setstyle xyztheme.themed

Note that if you move the directory of the theme (for example, from ~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker/Themes to /usr/local/share/WindowMaker/Themes) you will have to reload that theme so that path information is updated.

How To Make a Theme Pack

To create a theme pack from your current configuration, use the getstyle utility with the -p flag. Example:

getstyle -p ~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker/Themes/MyTheme

This will create a theme pack (a new directory in either the current directory or a directory you specify) named MyTheme.themed, containing everything it requires, including all pixmap files. In this example, the new theme pack would be made in your themes directory and be immediately available in your “Themes” menu.

Additionally, you can put a text file named MyTheme.lsm in the MyTheme.themed directory. This file can contain info like copyrights, credits or whatever.

To distribute your theme, just make a .tar.gz of the .themed directory. This is preferably done from the same directory that you unpack the themes from to maintain consistancy with the old theme format.


cd ~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker
tar cvf MyTheme.tar Themes/MyTheme.themed
gzip MyTheme.tar

How To Delete a Theme Pack

Just remove the .themed directory. Example:

cd ~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker/Themes
rm -fr themename.themed

How To Save Disk Space

If you have more than 1 theme that use the same huge background image, you can delete all the duplicated files and then create hard links in place of them. For example, if you have:


and all three files contain the same image, you can do:

rm theme2.themed/backimage.jpg
rm theme3.themed/back.jpg
ln theme1.themed/back.jpg theme2.themed/backimage.jpg
ln theme1.themed/back.jpg theme3.themed/back.jpg
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