Eclipse Color Theme

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Previous to Juno (<=4.1)
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Oxygen (4.7)
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2018-09 (4.9)

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Eclipse Color Theme makes it possible to switch color themes conveniently and without side effects.

After the installation, go to Window→Preferences→General→Appereance->Color Theme to change the color theme.

Please note:
If you are using a version of the plugin lower than 0.6, please uninstall and reinstall it from the new location. Update site and plugin ID have changed.

You can also download the update site for offline installation.

While Eclipse allows you to change the syntax coloring in great detail, there is no support for managing multiple color themes. It is possible to achieve that by importing and exporting preferences files, but this is inconvenient and likely to mess up your preferences. Furthermore, color themes have to be created for every single editor, a theme for the Java editor does not change the XML, JavaScript or any other editors. This plugin solves these issues by mapping a generic color theme format to specific preferences entries for each supported editor.

Eclipse Color Theme currently supports the following editors:

  • ActionScript/MXML (Adobe Flash Builder)
  • Ant
  • BibTex/LaTeX (TeXlipse)
  • C++
  • Clojure (Counterclockwise)
  • ColdFusion (CFEclipse)
  • Chromium Debugger JavaScript Editor
  • CSS
  • DTD
  • Erlang (ErlIDE)
  • FDT
  • FreeMarker (JBoss Tools)
  • Go (GoClipse)
  • Gradle (Nodeclipse/Enide Minimalist Gradle Editor)
  • Groovy
  • Haskell (EclipseFP)
  • haXe (eclihx)
  • HTML (Eclipse WTP, AngularJS Eclipse Plugin)
  • Jade (Node.js template engine; Nodeclipse/Enide Minimalist Jade Editor)
  • Java
  • Java properties (Eclipse JDT, Properties Editor)
  • JavaScript
  • Json (Json Eclipse Plugin, Eclipse Json Editor Plugin)
  • JSP
  • Less (Eclipse plugin for LESS)
  • Markdown
  • PDE
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • Puppet (Gepetto)
  • Python
  • R (StatET)
  • Ruby
  • Scala
  • Spket IDE (JavaScript and XML)
  • SQL
  • TCL
  • Text
  • Twig
  • TypeScript
  • XML
  • XSL
  • Xtend
  • Yaml (Yedit)

Available themes:

  • Black Pastel
  • frontenddev
  • Gedit Original Oblivion
  • Havenjark
  • Inkpot
  • minimal
  • Monokai
  • Mr
  • NightLion Aptana Theme
  • Notepadd++ Like
  • Oblivion
  • Obsidian
  • Pastel
  • RecognEyes
  • Retta
  • Roboticket
  • Schuss
  • Solarized Dark
  • Solarized Light
  • Sublime Text 2
  • Sunburst
  • Tango
  • Vibrant Ink
  • Wombat
  • Zenburn
  • You can download additonal themes or create your own on

    If you have a feature request such as support for another editor, create an issue or a pull request on GitHub.

    If you like the plugin and feel generous, you could make a donation.

    Additional Details
    Eclipse Versions: 
    Mars (4.5), Luna (4.4), Kepler (4.3), Juno (4.2, 3.8), Previous to Juno (<=4.1), Neon (4.6), Oxygen (4.7), Photon (4.8), 2018-09 (4.9)
    Platform Support: 
    Windows, Mac, Linux/GTK
    Date Created: 
    Sat, 2011-01-08 07:25
    Development Status: 
    Date Updated: 
    Thu, 2018-08-23 15:05
    December 201810/9028181 (2.76%)173
    November 20189/93917900 (2.89%)65
    October 20188/94318025 (2.84%)103
    September 20187/94114392 (2.75%)194
    August 20188/93914389 (2.81%)413
    July 20187/94015910 (2.93%)190
    June 20186/94715370 (3.1%)96
    May 20185/95417913 (3.26%)54
    April 20185/94618543 (3.36%)93
    March 20185/96118434 (3.35%)60
    February 20187/94014367 (3.09%)132
    January 20186/94516860 (3.35%)134
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    External Install Button

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    Output: Drag to your running Eclipse* workspace. *Requires Eclipse Marketplace Client
    Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 08:18
    mmisingnamec2f's picture

    Eclipse Platform

    Version: 3.8.1
    Build id: debbuild

    64-bit KDE Neon with Eclipse from the distro repos.

    Followed the instructions to add the plug-in from the Web site. It says it is enabled, but when I goto Window->Preferences->General->Appearance and expand it, there is nothing showing for color theme plug-in. Just

    Colors and Fonts

    Label Decorations

    Does this plug-in not supprt 3.8.1 on 64-bit Linux or is the menu option hidden under something else?

    psoi's picture

    It doesn't show preview when i click any Color Theme

    fgomeslka's picture

    You can make it work. Install the plugin in Eclipse using Marketplace (Help -> Eclipse Market place -> search Color Theme and click on the install of the select item of the results.

    Now, download these xml files from my google drive ( h t t p s :// (dot) com/folderview?id=0B-AMLyxKCEq-YjVPeFpkT1AtYXM&usp=sharing ). On Eclipse go to Windows -> Preference -> Appearance -> Color Theme. In the bottom of the screen click on the ""IMPORT THEME"" and navigate to the files downloaded. Once you do that, select any of the imported themes and it will work.

    I also shared many of those XML files with my name and the original XML theme name.


    ml6sr's picture

    Excellent idea but the project site is down since years, last release is from 2014, has open issues a plenty...

    osantamaria's picture

    I really like the plug in but it has not been available for a while. When is it going to be available again?

    mchernyaev's picture

    Your plug-in is awesome, I love it. Unfortunately it does not support Oscript - programming language of Opentext Content Server IDE Plug-In for Eclipse.

    Please it add, It would be so great!

    ebeeblebrox's picture

    Eclipse color theme plugin settings are not saved in last few milestones versions of eclipse (Luna, Mars RC.. ), including latest official Mars. Where is actually problem? In Eclipse or plugin?

    plinzhi's picture

    The color theme trun to the default theme every time after restarted of eclipse. It make me crazy.
    Eclipse version is :
    Eclipse Java EE IDE for Web Developers.

    Version: Mars Release (4.5.0)
    Build id: 20150621-1200

    narayananmp's picture

    Installation was so easy, did it by dragging. Went to Window→Preferences→General→Appereance->Color Theme and selected a new theme. On apply or restart, the editor screen blips and comes back to the same theme I have. Any idea how can I get it working ?

    Version Info:
    Eclipse Java EE IDE for Web Developers.

    Version: Kepler Service Release 2
    Build id: 20140224-0627

    narayananmp's picture

    I got it working after uninstalling Aptena from Eclipse.

    Narayanan Ma

    jpaul8af's picture

    I was really missing this feature in my eclipse installation. Thanks a lot for this plugin, it works like a charm.


    lseregi's picture

    Thanks, it saves my eyes.

    mjoystick's picture

    always a same error ...
    Cannot satisfy dependency:
    From: Eclipse Color Theme (
    To: com.github.eclipsecolortheme []

    I think it's a great plug-in but I can not try it

    cpang8bv's picture

    I really like this app. It makes it easier to see my code. Favorite is a dark theme, which is RecognEyes. As previous reviewer mentioned, you need to tweak the colors a bit in the Window->Preferences->General->Editor->TextEditors->Annotations -> Write Occurences / Occurences -> Change to Text from Highlighted to Box, or simply change the color to Bright Blue.

    rday3om's picture

    I really appreciate that this helps reduce the strain on my eyes. However, I do wish that it would apply a theme to Eclipse as a whole instead of just the editor windows.


    mmisingnamemxg's picture

    I started by a theme offered in the website, but had to change few things to make it right for C (dark theme).
    Among few things needed to change the tooltip, Annotation (Make it box instead of highlight) , and inactive highlight color. Then I wanted to publish it in the website, but realized they do not get tweaked.

    mfloyd's picture

    While I appreciate the work and benefit Color Theme represents, I just looked into adding into Eclipse 3.8. It requires 100 MB additional bloat. Really? Thanks, but I'll pass.

    abergstrm's picture

    When i installed this plugin, changing tabs gets slower, about 2 seconds to load tab. Really irritating...

    ngaulia's picture

    it's noothing to do with this plugin, if you are running Juno SR1 please install performance patch

    this plugin is osm

    alazurkevych's picture

    The plugin allows to change color scheme only in editor window.
    The rest still hurt my eyes (Navigator, Package Explorer, consoles etc)
    Pretty disappointing.

    amubarak's picture

    i installed successfully, and i could change my juno themes and pretty good for my eyes if i coding in dark place

    mmisingnamehh6's picture

    Now when I double click on a string in python source code
    eclipse juno osx fails to select string as highlighted

    mdropkin's picture

    eclipse juno, cdt , eclipse color theme 0.12.0.
    switching to dark theme and then back to the default:

    mouse over function call shows the small preview, this preview is
    in wrong color (dark but not coming from the last theme ).

    pmisingname45r's picture

    This functionallity was missing from Eclipse for a long time. This plugin does the job and should be included by default in future eclipse releases.

    zwangfun's picture

    To install, you need to have the install software tab open, and then drag and drop the install button, worked for me on Juno :)

    ccutts's picture

    This a much needed feature but i can't install it. When i drag the install icon onto my workspace it just pastes the url of installbutton.png.

    Is there another way to install this?

    cxin's picture

    i have a problem about eclipse-color-theme ,when i set plug-in in MyEclipse Configuration Center,MyEclipse constantly prompts me to enter a username and password.
    I am wondering about username and password. what username and password is correct?

    mdeniskfr's picture

    It looks like the update site URL is not working with Eclipse 4.2 Juno. Does somebody can confirm?

    mthomas4d0's picture

    I have Windows 7, don't know if that is the problem but I cannot drag the icon tag and drop it into my open Eclipse. I would really like this plugin based on the reviews. Is there some other way to to download it, like put it on the software update list in Eclipse. That way I could always get the latest version when I do an update.


    jbarneck's picture

    I am so happy you made this plugin. It saved me a ton of time.

    I like black background with colored text.

    I would like the whole program to change with the theme someday, so all the tabs surrounding the editor have a black background.

    aeljadue's picture

    Hi, i'm new in this site "marketplace", can anyone tell me how can i install this theme in my blackberry plugin Eclipse?

    cmisingname32j's picture

    Congratulation to the developer of this plugin, by now it's the 4th most downloaded plugin of the month, even more downloaded than other important plugins such as PyDev and Google Plugin!

    IMHO this highlights the necessities of many developers and the importance of having light and dark color schemes directly supported by Eclipse.

    alev's picture

    Hi, It would be nice if you will get involved in Tab coloring per project. Coloring tab of each file per it project can be a nice feature, mostly for multiple versions of same product, where file names are the same.

    wlaansdi's picture

    This plugin is great! IMO, this should be integrated into Eclipse! Code highlighting themes aren't simply vanity, a nice theme makes it more pleasurable to read code thus makes me more productive.

    A little issue: after installing this plugin and restarting Eclipse, then configuring a theme, restarting the editors does not suffice to apply the theme correctly. I had to restart Eclipse another time. Not a great deal, but the initial tweak before restarting had black on grey background, which scared me :)

    Also, in C++ with a dark theme you might want to change the "General -> Annotations -> C/C++ Occurences" background color. Otherwise, you get unreadable light on light color on the currently selected keyword/definition. You might also want to change the backgrounds in "Preferences->C/C++->Editor->Appearance Color Options->Inactive Code Hightlight"

    fdahlke's picture

    Sorry to hear that uninstalling didn't work for you. You've probably done this, but here's the uninstall procedure:

    1. Go to: Help->Install new Software...
    2. Click on the "already installed" link on the lower right part of the window.
    3. Select "Eclipse Color Theme" and press "Uninstall".

    If you can't find "Eclipse Color Theme" there, try finding it on the "Features" or "Plug-ins" tabs.

    smisingname41w's picture

    The above did the uninstall for me. Thanks for the tip!

    smisingname41w's picture

    I had installed an older version of this utility previously, but couldn't uninstall it because it didn't appear under the installed tab under the marketplace. I installed this new version on top of it, hoping it would overwrite the old one but it didn't. Now I have 2 color themes in preferences. Is there any way to manually remove/uninstall the old version?

    That aside, this is great! Previously I had to muck around with config files to change the theme. This makes it much easier to change themes.

    [Edit for grammar]

    dmakin's picture

    great idea and a very handy website to create and publish your own themes. Only thing I would like to see is the ability to add a theme per content type

    fdahlke's picture

    You mean e.g. a different theme for Java than for XML?

    cmisingname32j's picture

    You almost saved my life, and for sure you have saved my eyes! THIS IS THE BEST ECLIPSE PLUGIN EVER !!!!!
    I have only a problem: now the debug output text appears in gray with a white background, so it's almost unreadable... I have taken a screenshot of it here (I'm using "oblivion" theme):

    Could you fix that please? And if you could, please add more styles and support for Python/PyDev syntax in a next update. Thank you very much.

    fdahlke's picture

    Thanks for the info! I've created an issue for this, we will address it:

    PyDev support has also landed by now.

    cmisingnamex0u's picture

    Great stuff on this plugin. I love the vibrant ink theme. There are still sometimes some color conflicts (dark on dark, light on light) on things like mark occurrences and the such that users will have to adjust to their liking. Otherwise, awesome and much needed. BIG THANKS!

    fdahlke's picture

    The mark occurrences issues are fixed now.

    aazzam's picture

    Especially twilight-ish, the existing ones are to colorful for me :P. Anyway, I really love this, thanks.

    fdahlke's picture

    I've added three additional themes in version 0.6, see the list above. It's furthermore now possible to import themes from

    aazzam's picture

    I can't believe the plugin will improve this much, the site especially is a great idea! I will recommend this plugin to others! Thanks.