How to set gtk2/3 themes with config files?

The title is pretty self explanatory. I edited ~/.gtkrc-2.0 and ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini to my liking but nothing changed (I did restart my pc). gtk-query-settings says that the default archlabs theme/icons/cursor are used.

Have a look at these threads -

changing gtk themes

xfsettings not working


Ok, but is it possible without lxde/xfce4 appearance settings?

Lx edits the files you mentioned but not the xfce one in ~/.config/xfce if you edit that one it will work.

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Thank you!