Firefox Themes in an Overview

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It’s amazing if you think about it. The new generation of web-browsers has become so flexible, so adaptable and so easy to use that you can design and use it according to your personal taste and needs. So if you are a Mozilla Firefox1 user, you can add almost any functionality you ever thought about via external extensions2. Furthermore, you can also personalize your web-browser, changing its look with Firefox Themes3. Thus you can let your browser have a fresh Vista look or appear like Opera, Internet Explorer or Mac-Browser. But which look can you choose to guarantee the most enjoyable browsing experience? Well, it’s a tough one.

In fact, there are many of them4. We’ve selected some of the most beautiful Firefox Themes, which work in Firefox 2 and listed them below. Usually the changes concern not only the visual appearance and interface (icons and background colors), but also the functionality of the “adapted” Firefox – e.g. extensions. Links checked: June/26 2008.

Firefox Themes

Mostly Cristal5

Screenshot6

Aluminium Kai7

Screenshot8

Abstract Classic9

Screenshot10

Blue Ice11

Screenshot12

Noia 2.0 (eXtreme)13

Screenshot14

myFireFox15
Firefox appears to become Internet Explorer 7.
Screenshot16

Metal Lion – Vista17

Screenshot18

Kempelton PE19

Screenshot20

iFox Smooth21

Screenshot22

Pink Paula / PP 223
Firefox fur Madchen. Gibt es auch in Blau24.

Screenshot25

Aluminum Alloy26

Screenshot27

Red Cats28 (green flavor)

Screenshot29

MidnightFox30

Screenshot31

macfox II32

Screenshot33

Azerty III34

Screenshot35

Acid Burn36

Screenshot37

Qute38

Screenshot39

Phoenity40
Classic.

Screenshot41

Tinseltown42

Screenshot43

Scribblies Kids44

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Ubuntu Human Theme46

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Opera Theme48

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Full with various plug-ins – Saferfox Xpanded, designed by Mankin Studios.

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How can I install a Firefox Theme?

Just click on the selected theme on a web-site you can download it from, the Firefox changes its look immediately. Alternatively you can also drag the installer into the theme-window (“Tools” –> “Add-ons”). There you can activate or deactivate the theme.

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Please keep in mind that not every theme works in every version of the Firefox browser.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/
  2. 2 https://addons.mozilla.org/
  3. 3 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/themes/
  4. 4 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/themes/
  5. 5 http://www.tom-cat.com/mozilla/firefox.html
  6. 6 http://www.tom-cat.com/mozilla/firefox.html
  7. 7 http://franklion.blog.co.uk/
  8. 8 http://franklion.blog.co.uk/
  9. 9 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4391/
  10. 10 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4391/
  11. 11 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3085/
  12. 12 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3085/
  13. 13 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/72/
  14. 14 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/72/
  15. 15 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4129/
  16. 16 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4129/
  17. 17 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4325/
  18. 18 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4325/
  19. 19 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4130/
  20. 20 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4130/
  21. 21 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1830/
  22. 22 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1830/
  23. 23 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2822/
  24. 24 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4403/
  25. 25 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2822/
  26. 26 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3637/
  27. 27 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3637/
  28. 28 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/104/
  29. 29 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/104/
  30. 30 http://www.twistermc.com/blog/midnightfox-dark-firefox-theme/
  31. 31 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/104/
  32. 32 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3174/
  33. 33 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3174/
  34. 34 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1439/
  35. 35 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1439/
  36. 36 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1527/
  37. 37 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1527/
  38. 38 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/7/
  39. 39 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/7/
  40. 40 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1406/
  41. 41 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1406/
  42. 42 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3918/
  43. 43 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3918/
  44. 44 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/275/
  45. 45 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/275/
  46. 46 http://www.blogmanno.com/?q=ff-themes
  47. 47 https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/275/
  48. 48 http://imsuden2.blogspot.com/2005/06/opera-theme-for-firefox_13.html
  49. 49 http://imsuden2.blogspot.com/2005/06/opera-theme-for-firefox_13.html

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  1. 1

    Neato.. I aleady use iFox. You guys just validated that it was cool.

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  2. 2

    Mac Firefox users should also take a look at the GrApple themes at Aronnax’s Firefox Themes site.

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  3. 3

    thin article :|

    most of the themes are simply ugly and everybody knows how to install a theme on FF…

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  4. 4

    add is right, most of the firefox themes are pretty much ugly – so i keep the default theme.

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  5. 5

    add-
    No.
    Not everybody knows how to install a theme on FF. In addition, there are those of us with cognitive/memory difficulties that need a quick, overview reference like this as a reminder for when we want to do it again in a month or 4 or 6.

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  6. 6

    Wow great review of Firefox themes. Mozilla updates has a decent review of themes, but they don’t provide adequate usage of screen shots to actually see how the themes look.

    Great article!

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  7. 7

    Isn’t this the list from http://www.drweb.de ?

    See: http://www.drweb.de/weblog/weblog/?p=773

    Do you steel articles???

    typoblog.ch

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  8. 8

    How about adding the Tango theme?
    It’s one of the classiest ones, in my opinion, and fits with the new Gnome (Linux Desktop Manager) look.
    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1565/

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  9. 9

    I have to go with typoblog.ch on this one… WAY to many similarities (cut and paste?) to let this one slide on by…

    Shame for not at least referencing the original.

    Shame.

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  10. 10

    Dont forget about PitchDark 2.0.0

    I use it and love it.

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  11. 11

    I don’t understand why Noia is so popular. It’s one of the ugliest themes I’ve ever seen.

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  12. 12

    is this a joke? i generally enjoy smashingmag quite a bit, but this article is terrible. most of these themes are downright fugly.

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  13. 13

    ifox smooth is the only theme that is worth it. the rest are rather cheesy.

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  14. 14

    Nothing beats your own gtkrc theme that modifies the Firefox Classic Default theme and the Thunderbird Default theme. Then a swapping of your favorite icons from a theme (Like Cylence:Obsidian) makes it even better.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=305603

    It also feels light like the default themes.

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  15. 15

    You know, firefox skins are available from other websites, not only from the main firefox site. Deviant Art offers some amazing firefox skins that are, in my opinion, much better than the ones currently on the mozilla site. Of course, there is no automatic installation, you have to use All-in-one sidebar in order to install themes from .jar files (The install button on the extension pane). I love the, currently in beta, Black Vista theme: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/44508564/

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  16. 16

    # Sue Says:
    February 28th, 2007 at 5:51 am

    add-
    No.
    Not everybody knows how to install a theme on FF. In addition, there are those of us with cognitive/memory difficulties that need a quick, overview reference like this as a reminder for when we want to do it again in a month or 4 or 6.

    What Sue said and, for thems that may have it (add) and are unaware they do (umm, add)……

    “Cognitive problems are difficulties in processing information, including such mental tasks as attention, thinking(add), and memory”.

    Oh, I use Metal Lion.

    choke

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  17. 17

    Eww. I really appriciate the default theme now. Okay, some have nice icons, but.. c’mon, thats a rather boring article guys…

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  18. 18

    Black japan,Ifox and Metal Lion for me….. rest all are too ugly to use.

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  19. 19

    A better display of examples of the themes than you see at the Mozilla site.
    One small niggle though, the thumbnail which claims to be for “Aluminium Kai” is actually a picture of “Acid Burn” which appears again lower down. I only noticed that because I liked the look of it and went to install it.

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  20. 20

    You’re missing a great one: iPox. Very smooth looking theme, very pretty.

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  21. 21

    Interesting list. I will add ” whitehart ” theme which is very minimalist and deserves to be part of this list.

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  22. 22

    Cool post!

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  23. 23

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    February 28, 2007 10:45 pm

    @typoblog.ch, Agent 942: probably you should compare the names of the authors of Smashing Magazine and the publishers of Dr. Web. ;)

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  24. 24

    @Vitaly Friedmann & Sven Lennartz:

    Oh no. What did I do %)

    Sorry to the authors. I really didn’t realize that you ARE also drweb.de…

    Sorry for my previous comment!

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  25. 25

    Actually I use this one that is not compatible with Firefox 2 but is better than the other ported one: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/548/

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  26. 26

    Personally, I like the Mac OS style Brushed theme:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/548/

    I just disable add-on compatibility check and works perfectly fine with Firefox 2.0.0.2

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  27. 27

    Thanx, I like iFox theme.

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  28. 28

    I use Orbit Gray, myself

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  29. 29

    Littlefox for me. I like getting more screen

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  30. 30

    How about a “compact” theme that allows you to put stuff on the menu bar so that less screen real estate is left unused?

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  31. 31

    David, you already CAN do that. Right-click on the menu bar and click ‘customize’ and you can drag anything anywhere you want.

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  32. 32

    is this list a joke?

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  33. 33

    iFox Smooth forever !!!

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  34. 34

    I like the kid’s theme, it’s amazing what we could do with a computer now !

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  35. 35

    oppositionradio

    July 10, 2007 11:46 pm

    amalgam has yet to be updated but was my favorite… i wish the grapple guy would bust out some PC versions of his beautiful stuff

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  36. 36

    I have been looking everywhere for “R” rated themes. I understand that you can make your own themes so surely someone has made some themes such as monsters or nudity. I plan on making my own but i haven’t had time to learn it yet.

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  37. 37

    I would love to see somebody update the “Simpler” themes that were available for older verions of firefox. I was in love with Simpler Green but I can’t use it anymore.

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  38. 38

    My personal favorite is Red Shift V2.

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  39. 39

    My personal favorite is Tinseltown!

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  40. 40

    can we use safari theme in firefox?

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  41. 41

    Do they work with he new FF3?

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  42. 42

    Christopher Anderton

    November 23, 2008 12:00 pm

    I must say, that’s a whole bunch of, well, to be kind, monsterous themes.

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  43. 43

    3rd one from top is really good i jus loved it…few of dem r pretty much decent..very few look ugly..thank u so much

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  44. 44

    Do they work with he new FF3?

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  45. 45

    Now fireFox is always NEW.

    Thanks for sharing, nice collection

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  46. 46

    The VERY best, most attractive theme is Aeon Colors! Most of the others are just Default theme clones, or mostly grey. Aeon Colors is imaginative and colourful. Try it!

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  47. 47

    nice themes! thanks a lot

    download :)

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  48. 48

    Try Chromium Extreme-theme’s like that of Google chrome. OR if you want to personalize your theme/put background image of your choice try AnyColor.

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  49. 49

    Firefox themes are ugly!!! Soooooo Ugliiiiieeeeeeeeeeee

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