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Dynamo Kvantum, Aurorae and colors - RC2 by Hombremaledicto Dynamo Kvantum, Aurorae and colors - RC2 by Hombremaledicto
Dynamo Kvantum theme, Aurorae Decoration and colorscheme.
The artworks are a KDE4 port of Breeze.


Kvantum 0.4 has been released with several fixes and new features!!!
The Dynamo Kvantum theme has been updated too, i higly recommend you to download the latest archive ;)


KDE Visual Design Group for the original Breeze,
UTG for the Descartes Breeze Aurorae theme


  • Install the Kvantum Qt style, download & istruction at this page - if you installed Kvantum previously, update it to get the latest features!
  • Copy from the extracted archive the Kvantum folder to ~/.config  - If you installed the previous version, override all files
  • Copy the color-schemes and aurorae directories to
    The path differs on certain distributions to:
  • If you installed the previous colorscheme, override.
  • From systemsettings, set Kvantum as widget style, and select the dynamo colorscheme and decoration
  • Enjoy!
  • And for duck's sake, remember that this is a fucking beta!


RC 2: Reintroducing splitter handles from the default Kvantum theme, fixed selections in menus, shadows in button-normal, cleaner config file, redraw for progressbar (experimental and still a work in progress), removed interior and frame from toolbars. Preview of the release showing some of the changes

RC 1: Redraw for checkboxes, changed the appereance for scrollbars on mouse hover, bigger arrows and treeview indicator, different text color for toggled buttons (Kvantum v.0.4), bigger checkboxes and radiobuttons(Kvantum v.0.4)

Beta 3: Removed the background from the scrollbar arrows, fixed the progressbar appereance for Kvantum 0.3

Beta 2: Fixed the slider cursor appearance, started to adopt lineargradients for buttons, removed the background from tab widgets, changed button size & text color.

Beta 1: Initial release


Themes for GTK apps and Firefox are on their way, stay tuned :)
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ovidius72 Featured By Owner Edited 55 minutes ago
What plasma theme is that (the panel)? It seems it's not included in the package. Where can I find it?
BTW a great job.
Thanks ;-)
giogziro95 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
What's that CLI media player?
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
It's ncmpcpp.
Unfortunately i've lost this conf, but should be easy to get the same output for the visualizer ;)
komancz Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2014
1. Below titlebar there is a thin blue line. How can I remove it? Do I need to have  Kvantum theme engine installed?
Edit: Acctually I can see now that this is window border. How can I change it to the same color as title bar?

2. I've found Dynamo Plasma   1…
but there is only bright color. Where I can find that dark on the screenshot above?
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Sorry for the late reply:

1 Edit the decoration.svg file you can
find in the theme directory, under
or ~/.kde/share/apps/aurorae/themes
(if you're on kubuntu).
Any change you make to that file requires
kwin to be restarted ( kwin --replace ).
Or you can just work on a copy of Dynamo,
all it takes is to create a copy of the theme dir,
assign a new name,  changing the name in the
metadata file and to Dynamorc too.

2 Haven't released it yet. It was "broken", and i
still need to fix it. I will, once i'll have some free 
time to complete the work
Kremix Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
I am hoping for gtk3 theme....
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Hmm, this is hard. Maybe i'll try with a GTK2 theme,
but so far never thought about GTK3 (also, since
i do not use any GTK3 app), but can't tell.
valmar73 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Hi hombre! Any news on when the dark plasma theme might be released? It looks pretty cool
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
It's been a lot since i worked on it and i'm aware it must be finished.
Haven't use KDE4 with plasma for a while (on the desktop i use BE::Shell,
on the notebook i'm already running KDE Plasma 5) and also had a very
busy period. 
Maybe later if you're interested i'll send you the beta Dynamo Dark in a note.
ozky1 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I found colour bug there is no colors in kde appmenu font/text,it's menu in top of screenshot.…
dmbkiwi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Just updated, and the splitters work, and the tab text colour is fixed.  However, the buttons are no longer flat - that was what I liked most about this theme - it was completely flat.  Any chance to fix that - or where can I tweak it?
dmbkiwi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Looking through things, I think the button shadows are in the svg file, which makes it a bit more tricky to adjust?
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Yes, the shadows are in the svg. There's also to
make small changes within the config to reduce
frame.right and frame.bottom.
I'll send you a version with no shadows later ;)
dmbkiwi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 18, 2014
Thanks.  Otherwise, it feels very "90's" to me.  Actually changing the frame.right/frame.bottom on some of the widgets fixed it.

Another query - the "free space" bar on dolphin doesn't look like it's being themed (bottom right).  Is that just me, or a bug? Screenshot ->
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Ok, the file is not ready yet (sorry, very busy day,
despite i did something on the theme), hope to
finish it for tomorrow.
If you edited the svg, change color for the center
element of button-normal  to rgb (239, 240, 241)
without any transparency - assuming you removed
all the side shadows  from frames too.
Also, edit the config file to have frame.right
and frame.bottom settled to the value of 2
for PanelButtonCommand ;)

That is most probably "hardcoded". Some developers
reimplement Qt widgets (e.g. the itemview in dolphin
is also a custom widget) to get some specific features.
I'll ask to the kvantum developer on this regard.
tsujan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
I forgot to say that I agree with dmbkiwi: the elegance of Dynamo partly depends on its beautiful flat buttons. Just an aesthetic opinion!
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Maybe i'll just split the theme in two presets:

1 With shadowed buttons (default)
2 Totally flat

And add a note to users on how to switch
between the two :)
tsujan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
You're right: that "free space" bar is hard coded and is drawn by using of the color scheme. Hard-coded styles are nightmares of theme-makers ;)
BTW, I think I found the root of that bug in KDE's download dialogs you showed me earlier. I might file a bug report with a patch at kdelibs as soon as I have time to test the patch by recompiling 
kdelibs with it.
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Great! Hope to see it merged in future releases then.

By the way: i noticed that the latest kvantum fixed the scrollbars
arrow settings (while before setting size of indicators within
the Scrollbar section didn't work). I'd have filled a bug report
on this, but it came to my attention after the "inactive" indicators
commit. Also lineedits now do not follow text.margin.{*} it seems.
Had to set min height for them - bug or feature?
tsujan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Yes, I fixed some issues in sliders and scrollbars a few days ago.

As for lineedits, their texts are quite different from other ones -- those of buttons, for example -- since they are editable. So, for them, margins didn't have any real meaning other that making their heights greater, the left and right margins being useless. I had two options: forcing the left/right margins, which could have unpredictable consequences; or leaving them as they were by default. You should be able to set a greater height for them with size.minheight though.

BTW, I don't check my dA account regularly. Please use the messaging feature of as before.
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samuaz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
looks awesome, amazing job!! i never know before the kvantum widget style looks prety nice, trying it right now!!
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
It has been released recently, so it's understandable.
It's pretty configurable and it's relatively easy
to give Qt apps an unique look with it.
Have fun with Kvantum, hope others will make new
themes for this style :)
samuaz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
the only thing that i miss using it is the xbar support to use it with beshell
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I don't know if tsujan would add XBar support,
but shouldn't be that hard provide a patched Kvantum
for that....
dmbkiwi Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Another issue is that I can't seem to change the column width of the panels in kmail.  The handles for dragging the column's sides have disappeared.
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thanks for reporting this too!
The developer of Kvantum pointed the same issue with my theme,
i just need to reintroduce the splitter element (which i settled to width=0
from the config file i made you edit before) and integrate it with the overall
About the color issue you're experimenting with the active tab:
i'll work on that too  - i'd need to reproduce it, but so far i had no luck.
Assumung that you're using the latest version of my theme (which has for [Tab] ) this could even be a plain bug,
might be the case to report it to the Kvantum dev, if i can't fix it.
Sorry for all the problems you encountered, i'll try to upload a fixed version
within tomorrow if i can, or at least one with restored splitters :)
dmbkiwi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
No worries - that's what open source is all about - release early, release often ;-)  Looking forward to those GTK themes, too.
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Ok, released a new version, hope that it fixed the tabs
text color issue. I reintroduced the splitter handle too
(as for now it's just a recolored version from the Glassy
Kvantum theme). There are also other changes, consult
the changelog in the description.

...Also make sure to have the latest kvantum installed .

Let me know how this version of Dynamo works :)
dmbkiwi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
can't test for a couple of days, but will let you know.
madurax86 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
the selection box around menu items seem to be stretched, other than that a very good effort!! thanks for the great theme
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Just uploaded a new version fixing the selection frame in menus ;)
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Yes, that was a momentary choice to fill the gap with
selections in menus.
I'll work on this too for the next release, which
should be within tomorrow i hope.
dmbkiwi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Very nice.  Although there seems to be a bit of an issue with active tab text.  The text is white and the active tab is a very light "off-white", which makes the text hard to read.  Hovering over the text turns it dark, but it's hard to see otherwise.
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Are you sure that you're using the Dynamo coloscheme provided within the archive?
I've tested this theme on 3 different computers, it worked fine on all of them.
In case you are using it, then we have a bug and i need more details.
dmbkiwi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Yes, using dynamo colors - see screenshot - text on "Scheme" tab is white on (almost) white:
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Ok, edit the file ~/.config/Kvantum/Dynamo/Dynamo.kvconfig
find the section [Tab] and add to its end this line:


Save and open a new application (or restart one already running).
Tell me if it works.
dmbkiwi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
No change :-(
tsujan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014

The state of the active tab is pressed when the mouse isn't on it.

LukasKokoska Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
still not sold on the checkbox without a checkmark :D
Overall this is fantastic though!!
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Hehehe, so far i'm still trying to reproduce
the original theme, which doesn't feat "classic"
checkmarks indeed (but the tristate checks are
niiiiiiiiiiice IMO) ;P

As soon as i'll get rid of university exams, in september,
i plan to work on another suite of artworks, inspired
by Google Material Design :D
I do not have a precise idea on how to draw the widgets,
for that, but i want to try new approaches.
LukasKokoska Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
sounds good man, really looking forward to it :D
also in case you might need help with gfx stuff you can always sent me a note ;)
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Cool! Might be i'll annoy write you in the future for advice,
since your configs seem pretty awesome :D
I feel the need to learn more about the color theory atm.
Beyond any future theme my evil plan is to create a service
for the dynamic color management in KDE - something like
win8, applied to Plasma, windows decorations, and eventually
even kate and konsole schemas.
So when the wallpaper is changed the service would create
a new colorscheme(or just update the same, which would be
more likely symbolic, then), applying it immediately on desktop
and apps.
LukasKokoska Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
If you stay with this style and it would be possible for it to change just the color accents and highlights that would be awesome :)
sayres561 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
so beautiful dude but what's your Desktop theme ?
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Thanks! You can find the Plasma theme here.
printesoi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Awesome! :+fav:

P.S. What icons are you using?
Hombremaledicto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Thanks! :D
By the way i fixed the slider/slidercursor appeareance
today, and also the tabframe interior.
After posting this reply i'll work on the header status
(focused & clicked). Expect an update within 1-2 hours ;)

The icon theme is a modded version of Breeze by Nitrux.
Breeze will become the default icon theme for Plasma5/KF5
once it's complete, meanwhile - due to it's "under-development"
status - i took some icons from compass & flattr(for the first
one just the overlays) and recolored them. There are even
some new ones i draw from scratch. I'm not nearly as good
as the Nitrux team to draw icons, so far i just focused on
filling the gaps where necessary.
I'll upload my version later in the day :)
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