Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:23

Here is Mint Cinnamon with Ubuntu's Yaru and Humanity icons. They are high quality and artistic icon theme popular among GNU/Linux users I believe many will love to use it on their Mint computers. I explain here where and what files to download, how to install it, and to enable the icon theme. Enjoy beautiful icons!

(Mint Cinnamon 19 with Yaru icon theme from Ubuntu Cosmic Cuttlefish)
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# Download Icon

There are two different versions of Yaru which are old and new. The old ones are icon themes shipped with 19.04 and 19.10 by default, the shining orange ones. The new one is the future Yaru, the robotic orange one, which will be shipped in the next 20.04. So, today there are three downloadable themes which are yaru-19.04, and yaru-19.10, and yaru-20.04. Each of these is about 30MB size.


# Install Icon

  • 1. Extract the archive file downloaded.
  • 2. You get a new folder with name either Yaru or Yaru-xyz.
  • 3. Open the folder you got.
  • 4. In it, there is a folder with name icons so open it.
  • 5. There is a folder with name Suru. This folder name is the same across different version of Yaru releases on GitHub above.
  • 6. Copy the Suru folder into ~/.icons/ folder.
  • 7. Icon theme Yaru installed. 

 (Example: each folder is icon theme Yaru across versions, I renamed the folder myself)

# Switch Icon Theme

In Mint Cinnamon 19, there is built-in older icon theme of Ubuntu called Humanity. By this tutorial, hence you can switch between four themes: Humanity (18.04), Yaru (19.04), Yaru (19.10), and Yaru (20.04).

  • 1. Run Themes Manager from start menu.
  • 2. Click icons section and select the name "Suru" among icon themes displayed.
  • 3. Icon changed into Yaru.
  • 4. Do 1, 2, 3 to change into another one.
(Mint with Humanity icon theme from Ubuntu Bionic Beaver)

(Mint with Yaru 20.04 from the next Ubuntu Focal Fossa)
(Notice the LibreOffice on left and the folders on right)

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