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Here is how to install a dark theme with a unified look from GTK3 apps to GTK2 apps:

  1. Download AdwaitaDark from
  2. Extract the archive
  3. Go to Adwaita Dark/gtk-2.0 and edit gtkrc file. Replace the first line with the following to modify the color scheme for GTK2 apps :
    gtk-color-scheme = "base_color:#4F524F\nfg_color:#eeeeec\ntooltip_fg_color:#eeeeee\nselected_bg_color:#3465a4\nselected_fg_color:#eeeeec\ntext_color:#EEEEEC\nbg_color:#363B3B\ntooltip_bg_color:#000000"
  4. Go to Adwaita Dark/gtk-3.0 and edit gnome-applications.css. Replace this lines:
    .nautilus-desktop.nautilus-canvas-item {
    color: @theme_bg_color;
    text-shadow: 1 1 black;

    by this ones:

    .nautilus-desktop.nautilus-canvas-item {
    color: @theme_text_color;
    text-shadow: 1 1 black;
  5. Copy Adwaita Dark folder to /usr/share/themes:
    $ gksudo nautilus /usr/share/themes
  6. Use gnome-tweak-tool to change Window Theme