Whisker Menu Dark Theme

The Whisker Menu has become the default menu in Xubuntu 14.04. I really like the Whisker menu. It has been one of the first things I installed on a XFCE desktop since I discovered it a couple of years ago. However, the default look of the menu is not that exciting. The default theme is a very light gray almost Windows 2000 like and this do not look good with my favorite GTK theme Numix Dark.

As of Xubuntu 14.04 the Numix theme is included in the default installation. I do not however, like the brown/orange selection color. Thankfully, Xubuntu includes a nifty little tool in the settings menu called “Theme Configuration”. I use this tool to change the selection color to a light gray that I think look good with the Numix theme.

theme_configuration

To change the theme of Whisker menu we need to edit the ~/.gtkrc-2.0. If you want to change the selection color it is important to do that first because the theme configuration tool resets the ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file.

Add the following code to ~/.gtkrc-2.0.

style "mydarktheme"
    {
    base[NORMAL] = "#2B2B2B"
    base[ACTIVE] = "#606060"
    text[NORMAL] = "#ccc"
    text[ACTIVE] = "#fff"
    bg[NORMAL] = "#2B2B2B"
    bg[ACTIVE] = "#606060"
    bg[PRELIGHT] = "#808080"
    bg[SELECTED] = "#606060"
    fg[NORMAL] = "#ccc"
    fg[ACTIVE] = "#fff"
    fg[PRELIGHT] = "#fff"
    }
    widget "whiskermenu-window*" style "mydarktheme"

Save and restart or logout and the whisker menu should look like this.

whisker_menu_darkblack_theme

If you want the Whisker menu to look different just play with the color values and logout and back in again to see the changes.

If you like the brown/orange selection color Numix uses you could change the value of ACTIVE and PRELIGHT.

    style "mydarktheme"
    {
    base[NORMAL] = "#2B2B2B"
    base[ACTIVE] = "#D64937"
    text[NORMAL] = "#ccc"
    text[ACTIVE] = "#fff"
    bg[NORMAL] = "#2B2B2B"
    bg[ACTIVE] = "#D64937"
    bg[PRELIGHT] = "#D64937"
    fg[NORMAL] = "#ccc"
    fg[ACTIVE] = "#fff"
    fg[PRELIGHT] = "#fff"
    }
    widget "whiskermenu-window*" style "mydarktheme"

Save, and restart or logout and the whisker menu should look like this.

wiskers_menu_numix_theme

This is how I make my Whisker menu look good with the Numix theme on XFCE.

desktop_screenshot