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Tango Desktop Project

Tango Desktop Project
Tango logo
Example of the Tango Icon Library
Developer(s) Tango Project contributors
Initial release 2005 (2005)
Stable release v0.8.90 / February 25, 2009 (2009-02-25)
Development status Active
Type Computer icons
License Icons: CC-by-sa 2.5
Icons since v0.8.90: Public domain
Icon Naming Utilities tool: GPL
Website .org.freedesktoptango
The Tango Desktop Project's Color Palette[1]

The Tango Desktop Project is an

  • Official website
  • Tango project aims to clean up the desktop
  • Standard Icon Theming Specification
  • Standard Icon Naming Specification
  • Tango Icon Replacement for Windows

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ "Tango Icon Library - Tango Desktop Project". 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  3. ^ "icon-theme-spec". Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  4. ^ Tango Showroom - Tango Desktop Project
  5. ^ Faaborg, Alex (2007-11-13). "A first look at the Firefox 3 visual refresh for Linux". Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  6. ^ Tango Icon Theme Guide


See also

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The Tango icons were originally released under a copyleft Creative Commons license (Attribution-ShareAlike), but were released into the public domain in 2009 in order to make it easier to reuse them.


It is also possible for proprietary closed source applications to use Tango Desktop Project icons. Examples highlighted by the Tango Showroom include VMware Workstation 6 and Medsphere OpenVista CIS.

Many free software projects, such as GIMP, Scribus, and GNOME, have started to follow the Tango style guidelines for their icons.[4] Also, ReactOS and Mozilla Firefox 3 uses Tango icons when it is unable to find the user's installed iconset, and also for icons not covered by said iconset.[5]

Apart from the visual guidelines, the project aims to provide a set of common metaphors for the icons. Tango follows the's Standard Icon Naming Specification, defining names for the most common icons and the used metaphors.

The style does not aim to be visually unique to distinguish itself. Instead, a secondary aim of the project is to create a standard style that makes applications look appropriate running on operating systems common at that time, such that ISVs will find that their application does not look out of place on Windows XP, Mac OS X, KDE, GNOME, or Xfce.

The objective of the project is to allow software developers to easily integrate their software, in terms of appearance, with the desktop computer. The visual inconsistencies that arise from different desktop environments (KDE, GNOME, Xfce...) and custom distributions make it hard for third parties to target Linux. Ideally, any project that follows the Tango guidelines will have a look and feel that matches well with other icons and applications that follow the guidelines.



  • Objectives 1
  • History 2
  • Palette 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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