Install Dark Theme on Qbittorrent – Step-By-Step

Install Dark Theme On QBittorrent

qBitTorrent is the most popular Torrent client on Linux. It is also available for Windows and macOS as well. The only downside I see in this open-source software is that it lacks a toggle to switch to dark mode. We can add any custom theme we like, but that requires a little workaround.

Set Up Dark Theme on qBitTorrent

In this article, we will discuss step-by-step, how can we apply dark themes to this application and save our eyes.

Step 1: Download themes

GitHub Repo For Dark Themes
GitHub Repo For Dark Themes

This GitHub repository has an excellent collection of dark themes for qBitTorrent. Download the zip file from the releases section located on the right side. There’s also a Dracula theme for qBitTorrent in this repository. Download this by pressing the green button on the right and clicking on ‘Download as Zip’.

Download The Zip File From Github
Download The Zip File From GitHub

You can also clone the repository using git in the command line.

Step 2: Extract the Zip Files

Now, head over to the Downloads folder in your file manager and select ‘Extract Here’ after right-clicking on the downloaded zip files. You can also do this in the terminal by:

cd ~/Downloads/

And extract the archives by typing :

unzip qbt-themev2.1.zip
unzip qbittorrent-master.zip
Extract The Zip Files
Extract The Zip Files

Replace the version number, as yours can be different from mine in the future as they release newer updates.

Step 3: Move .qbtheme files to the correct location

Now, this step is completely optional but in order to follow conventions we are going to follow this step. This will also keep our Downloads folder clean. In your home directory, create a hidden directory named .themes. To do this in the command line type:

mkdir ~/.themes

Now, navigate to the directory where you have extracted the zip files and copy-paste all the .qbtheme files to the .themes directory we just created. To do this easily in the command line, simply use the find command like this :

find . -name "*.qbtheme" -type f | xargs cp -vt ~/.themes
Copy Themes To The Hidden Destination
Copy Themes To The Hidden Destination

Step 4: Apply the theme

Make sure that you have first enabled ‘View hidden files and folders from your file manager, as we have moved all the themes to a hidden directory for convenience’s sake, it is usually located on the settings menu at the top right in the file manager. Now we are ready to apply the themes.

Open qBitTorrent application and go to Preferences from the Tools tab on the header bar, or simply press ‘Alt+O’ to open it.

Preferences Menu
Preferences Menu

Click on the ‘Use Custom Theme’ checkbox and click on the file icon below it. Now, navigate to the .themes folder we have created earlier in this tutorial and select any theme you like.

Navigate To The Themes Directory And Select Theme
Navigate To The Themes Directory And Select Theme

You can try out different themes one by one and figure out which one do you like. At last, click apply and hit Ok. All you need to do now is restart the application and your theme will be applied.

Qbittorrent
Dracula theme in qBittorrent

Summary

Note that Torrents themselves aren’t illegal. It’s the things you wish to share with the torrents that can be illegal (under the copyright laws in your country). It’s similar to nuclear energy, either you can build power plants or choose to build bombs. It’s in your hands.