When I use the colorscheme gruvbox (installed with vim-plug), it overrides my configuration of the Cursorline highlight, eg

set cursorline
hi CursorLine cterm=NONE ctermbg=black

with the same color as the statusbar, which makes it easy to confuse the cursorline with the statusline of a horizontally split buffer.

I would like to set the cursorline background color to pure black, or at least to the black defined by the gruvbox colorscheme, but I can't change the highlight using the hi(ghlight) CursorLine command when using gruvbox.

I couldn't find how to configure this in the gruvbox wiki, does anybody have a solution to this?


2 Answers 2


What works for me, in your .vimrc first set your colorscheme, then your desired highlight:

colorscheme gruvbox
highlight Cursorline whatever_you_like

That way your colorscheme won't clobber your highlight.

  • yes, that is what I use now too. The problem was set termguicolors
    – stimulate
    Oct 2, 2018 at 14:45

Appearently this line

set termguicolors

overrides the highlight color. removing it let me configure the CursorLine highlight color again.

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