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I recently pointed out the mock-up Thunderbird design Monterail did and it turns out someone has actually made a pack of themes inspired by it.

There are four themes: One directly inspired by the original mock-up, which ends up looking like this for me:
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Much better than the default for sure.

The other themes available are a dark theme, a full dark theme and a light theme. The dark themes only work if your desktop theme is a dark theme, they're meant to be used together. So if they are really bright for you, switch your desktop theme.

If you want to try them out, you will need to download this package.

Once downloaded, move the folder labelled "chrome" to your hidden Thunderbird directory, which will look something like:
/home/username/.thunderbird/a1cvklbc.default

Once it's in there, you can re-name any of the CSS files to "userChrome.css" and restart Thunderbird.

Find the themes on github if interested.
spymastermatt commented on 27 April 2017 at 10:47 pm UTC

Hey Liam thanks for the write up! Massive fan of both this site and gamingonlinux!!

If anyone as any issues please report them on the github.

So I may have named these themes a little confusingly so thought I should clarify:
The light, dark and fulldark variants are for use with gtk themes that are light/dark/fulldark. They are not dark etc variants in themselves.

I will fix this in a few days, with one userChrome-gtk which should automatically adapt to the current theme, after which I will make the dark and fulldark variants true 'themes' with specified dark colours


Skudra commented on 28 April 2017 at 7:30 am UTC

looks great, just have font issues for utf8 symbols like ā or ē in new design fonts, no support in them, with fallbacks they look not so good


Last edited by Skudra at 28 April 2017 at 7:31 am UTC


liamdawe commented on 28 April 2017 at 8:42 am UTC

Thanks for posting spymastermatt!

Keep me posted on your progress, would love to highlight more from you


razing32 commented on 28 April 2017 at 12:48 pm UTC

spymastermattHey Liam thanks for the write up! Massive fan of both this site and gamingonlinux!!

If anyone as any issues please report them on the github.

So I may have named these themes a little confusingly so thought I should clarify:
The light, dark and fulldark variants are for use with gtk themes that are light/dark/fulldark. They are not dark etc variants in themselves.

I will fix this in a few days, with one userChrome-gtk which should automatically adapt to the current theme, after which I will make the dark and fulldark variants true 'themes' with specified dark colours

Can we send you cookies ?


spymastermatt commented on 28 April 2017 at 5:28 pm UTC

QuoteCan we send you cookies ?

Tell you what, donate any cookie money you would spend to life/gamingonlinux and that would make me happy

QuoteKeep me posted on your progress, would love to highlight more from you

Thanks Liam. I'll comment here with any updates


spymastermatt commented on 4 May 2017 at 7:45 pm UTC

Hi everybody!

I have just pushed a big update which fixes numerous bugs and completely refactors the code.
It is now possible to change many aspects of the themes, including colors, font and various row sizes (which I know will please some people here) by editing the variables in userChrome.css
Please discard the old files and use the new ones.

**Please Note:** If you are using the *system* variant (used by default), please make sure you edit userChrome.css and select the correct icon theme for your folder tree and message list.

@liamdawe Could you update/remove the installation instructions from this post as they have changed slightly

I am away for a week now but please keep reporting bugs and I will look at them when I get back


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