The Steam Deck Gets a Theming Plugin

When you create a device that’s more open than the usual, you can expect good things to come from the community of tinkerers out there. This time, there’s an excellent initiative for theming, by tweaking the SteamOS interface to use different colors or looks with CSS rules injection (and probably more). Going boldly where no other handheld has gone before!

First, a video that was shared on Reddit by user Jjhend.

If you are a lucky Steam Deck owner, you might want to know how to make it work?

It’s a two step process:

First, you need to install the Plugin Loader:

And then, here’s a direct quote from the above repository instructions to get it working on your Deck:

  • Go into the Steam Deck Settings
  • Under System -> System Settings toggle Enable Developer Mode
  • Scroll the sidebar all the way down and click on Developer
  • Under Miscellaneous, enable CEF Remote Debugging
  • Click on the STEAM button and select Power -> Switch to Desktop
  • Open a terminal and paste the following command into it:

For users:

 curl -L https://github.com/SteamDeckHomebrew/PluginLoader/raw/main/dist/install_release.sh

#inspect the script just to be safe before running the following command. You can refer to the script here for reference if you really want to make sure it was not tampered with.
sh install_release.sh

For developers:

curl -L https://github.com/SteamDeckHomebrew/PluginLoader/raw/main/dist/install_nightly.sh

#inspect the script just to be safe before running the following command

sh install_nightly.sh
  • Reboot back into Gaming mode and enjoy your plugins!

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Then you can install for example the SDH-Classic Theme by copying the SDH-ClassicTheme folder from that repository into ~/homebrew/plugins on your Steam Deck.

It probably won’t be long before someone makes a green Matrix-themed interface for the Deck. Looking forward to it!


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frostworx

nice, thanks for sharing!
edit: +1 star for the extra work on the commands 🙂

Last edited 26 days ago by frostworx