Dracula Theme: a dark theme for 227 different apps

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  • vim-colors-solarized

    precision colorscheme for the vim text editor

    Hey there,

    Love the philosophy behind the theme.

    How hard do you think it'd be to automate theme previewing & distribution? What would the challenges be? Why is this problem not solved yet?

    I'm no designer, but in my understanding a theme is a set of colors that's the result of a research on contrasts and aesthetics (I love how pedagogic Ethan is on its Solarized website: https://ethanschoonover.com/solarized )

    By theme distribution, I mean making the theme available for a set of platforms and applications, as it is the case for Dracula, to tackle to problem of context-switching as you neatly describe it. Wouldn't it be theorically possible for a tool to generate themes for all the apps / platforms based on a standard theme description? (Imagine the theme-generator descriptor slowly becoming an actual standard adopted by apps & websites...)

    By theme previewing, I mean generating (svg-based or sth?) previews of what every target app / platform looks like with that theme, to make testing easier for designers. It must be expensive to test so many themes, so previewing would be key for this tool. The accuracy of previews might be somehow tested by the test suite by screenshoting the themes in VMs.

    Congrats on the nice work!

  • zenburn-emacs

    The Zenburn colour theme ported to Emacs

    The ones I use are Emacs-Zenburn (other colors than 'usual' Zenburn)


  • Scout APM

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  • groovy-lambda

    VS Code color theme optimised for Haskell, based on Gruvbox Material.

    and Groovy Lambda for Code, similar to Gruvbox (because it supports more syntax elements)


  • macos-terminal-themes

    Color schemes for default macOS Terminal.app

  • cascadia-code

    This is a fun, new monospaced font that includes programming ligatures and is designed to enhance the modern look and feel of the Windows Terminal.

    I use Dracula color scheme along with the Cascadia Code font [1]. I've been using this set up in both VSCode for Rust and IntelliJ in Java. I find this combination to be extremely readable. Dracula uses many very different colors which make different parts of code obvious. Cascadia has unique shapes for many of the characters which makes distinguishing them a breeze. Would definitely recommend giving this combo a shot!

    [1] https://github.com/microsoft/cascadia-code

  • vim-gotham

    Code never sleeps in Gotham City. 🌃

  • papercolor-theme

    :art: Light & Dark Vim color schemes inspired by Google's Material Design

    I used solarized for a long time, but then I got PaperColor [0] recommended by a colleague recently, and after trying it for a bit I liked it so much that I switched to that exclusively.

    It was originally made for vim, but there are ports to other tools[1].

    [0]: https://github.com/NLKNguyen/papercolor-theme

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  • tomorrow-theme

    Tomorrow Theme now lives on at https://github.com/chriskempson/base16

    You may like Tomorrow, which has several sub-themes and is available for dozens of apps. I use Tomorrow Night Bright for everything.


  • Alduin

    A Vim Colorscheme

    Dracula is a fine theme, however, I feel like it's more convenient than it is pretty. I admire Dracula, Nord, and Gruvbox and how committed they are to their own aesthetics - my personal favorite, similar to Gruvbox, is Alduin[0] but sadly it's for Vim only.

    I only wish popular themes didn't feel like they had to use every primary color for the text. I wish we took the popular themes and made them even more opinionated, fewer colors with greater emphasis. At the end of the day most themes nowadays are just different shades of all rainbow text over your choice of a light or dark background. Dark or light... It reminds me of that theory about how early humans, before having words for different colors, only had light and dark to describe things.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for opinionated color schemes with limited palettes with emphasis on particular colors instead of just dark/light?

    0. https://github.com/AlessandroYorba/Alduin

  • sublime-railscasts-extended

    Extends original Railscasts theme with additional syntax highlighting for Markdown, LESS, HTML, Handlebars and more.

    For me it's the Rails Cast Theme especially version for Sublime Text that is ideal. I wish it would be much widely available


  • forest-night

    🌲 Comfortable & Pleasant Color Scheme for Vim

    Notable themes I've kinda liked (but had some problems with for various reasons): moonfly and zenburn

    [1] https://github.com/sainnhe/everforest

  • themer

    🎨 themer takes a set of colors and generates themes for your apps (editors, terminals, wallpapers, and more).

    It doesn't support nearly as many programs as dracula theme does but I'd recommend giving https://themer.dev/ a try. Supports all the popular terminals, IDEs and then some.

  • anvil

    A highly adaptable Neovim configuration focused on providing a great development experience while being easy to extend and maintain. (by talha-akram)

    I used to love this theme (you can even see it in my old screenshots https://github.com/talha-akram/anvil) but over time I started to prefer lower contrast themes now the same neon colors are jarring to me.

  • gvcci

    color extraction to turn images into 16 color palettes

    > there just is something comforting in having things look the same across applications...

    Speaking of which, I remember coming across a tool on Github(?) that allowed generating color themes for multiple applications and editors at once from a single set of colors (maybe even directly from the dominant colors of an image, like gvcci[0]). Does anyone happen to know that project?

    [0]: https://github.com/FabriceCastel/gvcci

  • base16

    An architecture for building themes

  • github-vscode-theme

    GitHub's VS Code themes


    I feel these themes strike a very nice balance in color contrasts and finally provide me with a light theme I can also use, although being a dark theme user for who knows how many years, the github light theme just works really nicely.

    They also have two variations of both themes, which is nice, for changing around when one or the other starts to feel boring or unreadable.

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