Gedit Themes

📅 March 25, 2015
vibrantinkGedit, as well as xed, is an excellent text editor. Not only does it sport a variety of features that facilitate typing, programming, and file organization, but gedit also supports…get ready…wait for it…THEMES!

Yes, themes. Are you dissatisfied with the plain black-on-white color scheme? Maybe you prefer a darker theme with bold neon colors for keywords while programming? Or perhaps you simply want to look at pretty, new colors?

Gedit supports theme files that change the colors of various parts of text. This is especially valuable for highlighting specific programming languages. You can create gedit theme files yourself, or you can download existing themes from others.

Theme files seem to be one of gedit’s best-kept secrets. A few web sites have lists of themes available, but few previews. What does a theme look like before downloading?

This article aims to provide screenshots for a number of gedit themes for preview purposes and to show what is possible with gedit.

Where To Download Gedit Themes

The following three sites will provide a starting point, and it is from these sites the themes were obtained:

Downloading Themes

Find a theme you like, and download it as an xml file. This often means right-clicking the RAW download link and choosing the Save Link As option from the browser’s context menu. Some themes can be downloaded all at once in a single ZIP file.

How to Install New Themes

There are two ways to do this.

One Theme At A Time Method

If you have a few themes, then this method is probably the best. Open gedit, and go to Edit > Preferences > Font & Colors tab. Next, click the small “+” button to add a theme. Navigate to the xml theme file and open it. The theme will be added to gedit, ready for immediate use.

Multiple Copy Method

Themes are stored in the $HOME/.local/share/gedit/styles directory. This is a hidden directory in your home. Simply copy all theme xml files to this directory. However, you must restart gedit in order to detect and use the themes.

To use a theme, select it from the Color Scheme list box. Gedit instantly changes.

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A list of gedit themes ready for use. Select a theme and see the difference!

Update, July 29, 2016: In Linux Mint 18, you can copy all theme .xml files to /usr/share/gtksourceview-3.0 instead of $HOME/.local/share/gedit/styles.

Assume you are in a gedit theme directory containing all downloaded theme .xml files:

sudo cp *.xml /usr/share/gtksourceview-3.0

Themes will work with both gedit and the xed text editor — included as the default text editor in Linux Mint 18. Both editors check the same location for themes.

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gedit 3.18.3 now displays theme previews for all themes found. The themes shown here were manually copied to /usr/share/gtksourceview-3.0 in Linux Mint 18.

 

Gedit Themes

So, what do the themes look like? Here are a number of gedit themes organized by web site. For the file example, I took screenshots of the /etc/init.d/acpid file in Linux Mint 17.1. Plain text does not reveal a theme’s potential, so I used a script file to show how colors change when different themes are applied.

Each theme is named according to its name as seen per web site. Go to the web sites to download themes.

Default Themes

What does gedit provide by default?

Classic

Classic

Cobalt

Cobalt

Kate

Kate

Oblivion

Oblivion

Tango

Tango

MIG Themes

https://github.com/mig/gedit-themes

Not certain what to name this set, but these are the themes found at the web site https://github.com/mig/gedit-themes.

autumn

autumn

darkermate

darkermate

darkmacs

darkmacs

darkmate

darkmate

desert

desert

dusk

dusk

fluffy

fluffy

fruity

fruity

github

github

idle

idle

ironman

ironman

native

native

neon

neon

railscasts

railscasts

railscasts2

railscasts2

twilight

twilight

warm_grey

warm_grey

rainbow_neon

rainbow_neon

slush_and_poppies

slush_and_poppies

tinge

tinge

vibrant_fun

vibrant_fun

vibrantink

vibrantink

vibrant_ink (Name contains an underscore)

vibrant_ink (Name contains an underscore)

vibrant_nerd

vibrant_nerd

wombat

wombat

womvamp

womvamp

zenburn

zenburn

 

 

Gmate Themes

https://github.com/gmate/gmate/tree/master/styles

Here are many more themes compatible with gedit, though not advertised as such.

Active4D

Active4D

Airkitek (MacMoose)

Airkitek (MacMoose)

All Hallow's Eve

All Hallow’s Eve

Ambiance

Ambiance

AmbianceDark

AmbianceDark

Amy

Amy

Argonaut

Argonaut

BBEdit

BBEdit

Bespin

Bespin

Blackboard

Blackboard

Black Pearl II

Black Pearl II

blue_dream

blue_dream

BoysAndGirls01

BoysAndGirls01

Brilliance Black

Brilliance Black

Brilliance Dull

Brilliance Dull

build

build

chela_light

chela_light

Choco

Choco

Classic Modified

Classic Modified

CodeZone

CodeZone

Cool Glow

Cool Glow

Daltonism

Daltonism

Dawn

Dawn

Django

Django

Django (Smoothy)

Django (Smoothy)

dreamweaver

dreamweaver

eclips3.media (ECLM)

eclips3.media (ECLM)

Eiffel

Eiffel

emacs_mod

emacs_mod

Emacs Strict

Emacs Strict

Espresso Libre

Espresso Libre

Fade to Grey

Fade to Grey

Frill

Frill

ForLaTeX

ForLaTeX

Flarp

Flarp

Frill

Frill

IR_White

IR_White

IR_Black

IR_Black

iPlastic

iPlastic

iLife 05

iLife 05

idleFingers

idleFingers

IDLE

IDLE

GmateLight

GmateLight

Gmate

Gmate

GlitterBomb

GlitterBomb

Github

Github

jellybeans

jellybeans

LAZY

LAZY

Monokai

Monokai

Mono Industrial

Mono Industrial

minimal_Theme

minimal_Theme

Midnight

Midnight

Merbivore Soft

Merbivore Soft

Merbivore

Merbivore

Matrix

Matrix

MagicWB (Amiga)

MagicWB (Amiga)

MacMoose

MacMoose

Mac Classic

Mac Classic

Lowlight

Lowlight

mustang

mustang

Pythonic

Pythonic

Plum Dumb

Plum Dumb

PlasticCodeWrap

PlasticCodeWrap

PhilGeek (Overcast)

PhilGeek (Overcast)

Pastels on Dark

Pastels on Dark

Notepad2

Notepad2

Neopro

Neopro

ryan-light

ryan-light

RubyRobot

RubyRobot

rubycius-mod (function underlined)

rubycius-mod (function underlined)

Rubycius

Rubycius

Ruby Blue

Ruby Blue

RDark

RDark

Railscasts improved

Railscasts improved

Railscasts black (Railscasts Modified)

Railscasts black (Railscasts Modified)

Railscasts black improved

Railscasts black improved

Railscasts

Railscasts

Conclusion

Is a particular theme close but not quite to your liking? Then, you can open the theme in a text editor and edit it. These previews should provide a glimpse into what is possible in the world of gedit themes and help inspire your creativity. Happy theming!

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