How to Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu 16.04/Debian 8

Papirus is a stylish icon theme for GTK and KDE desktop environments which means you can install the GTK version on Unity, Gnome, Pantheon, Budgie, Cinnamon, XFCE and install the KDE version on KDE. This tutorial is going to show you how to install this icon theme on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus and Debian 8 Jessie.

Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

It’s very simple. Simply run the following commands in the terminal to install it from PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install papirus-gtk-icon-theme

If you are using KDE, then install KDE icons.

sudo apt-get install papirus-pack-kde5

The change icon theme, you can utilize the Unity tweak tool.

sudo apt install unity-tweak-tool

Open it from Unity Dash. Then select Icons in the Appearance section.

Unity tweak tool change icon theme

And select Pypirus icon theme.

papirus icon theme in unity tweak tool

Install Papirus Icon Theme on Debian 8 Jessie

As we all know, Debian doesn’t have built-in support for Launchpad PPA. However we can manually add the PPA and then install the icon theme.

Edit sources.list file.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Paste the following two lines at the end of this file.

deb trusty main 
deb-src trusty main

Press Ctrl+O to save the file. Ctrl+X to close the file. Then run the below command to import the GPG key of this PPA. You can find the GPG key on

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 80AC0F06

Then update local page index and install pypirus icon theme.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install papirus-gtk-icon-theme

If you are using Gnome desktop on Debian 8, change icon theme from Gnome tweak tool.

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

In Appearance > Icons, set your preferred icon theme.

set papirus icon theme in Gnome tweak tool

You can also install papirus icons for LibreOffice

sudo apt install libreoffice-style-papirus

To change icon theme in LibreOffice, go to Tools > Options > LibreOffice > View.

LibreOffice icon theme

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