Awesome Window Manager offers three simple themes for users that need a change. Here you can get a brief look at the default themes, along with instructions to sample them for yourself. The efficiency of this fantastic window manager certainly compensates for the lack of theme choices.
These themes do not provide any critical changes, just a new splash of color. New themes offer a new look for the extremely convenient top panel, and the menu that appears when clicking on the desktop background.
Themes may even contain different icons, or you can create your own. Each theme will also contain its own unique desktop wallpaper. You can always choose a new wallpaper if you are not satisfied with the one provided.
Here you can see the default themes and their clearly Awesome wallpapers. We have even provided screenshots for each theme so you can get a clear perspective of each environment.
This is the default theme for the Awesome Window Manager. This is a very dark theme, with a dark background included.
The Sky theme for the Awesome Window Manager is certainly my favorite. I love the light blue colors, even the wallpaper matches extremely well.
The Zenburn theme resembles the default theme slightly. This is another dark theme with a plain desktop background.
If you would like to change your theme you can with the simplified instructions provided. Unfortunately there is no built-in GUI for settings, so manual configuration is required.
First you will need to edit the main configuration file. Use your favorite text editor to open the configuration file as seen below.
$ sudo vim /etc/xdg/awesome/rc.lua
Next you should simply change the following line to reflect your new desktop theme location. Find this line near the top of your rc.lua configuration file.
Below you can see the default theme configuration file locations. Use the new location to enable your new theme.
/usr/share/awesome/themes/default/theme.lua /usr/share/awesome/themes/sky/theme.lua /usr/share/awesome/themes/zenburn/theme.lua
When finished you should look in the main menu for the restart option. This will restart the Awesome Window Manager with the new theme enabled. Users can find the main menu simply by right-clicking on the desktop.
The Awesome Window Manager is actually extremely powerful. Be sure to check out our introduction which introduces many of the key features that this window manager has to offer.
Users can quickly learn how to change their desktop backgrounds, or add additional workspaces. Even name your workspaces individually to distinguish them for different uses. Users should also learn about the different window modes offered by this extremely efficient window manager. Floating, tiling, and stacking modes are available.