I just started using vim and I installed tpope/vim-pathogen and then vim-airline/vim-airline-themes plugin to use these themes. Then I changed my .vimrc to set up the papercolor theme, powerline fonts and line numbers permanently.

It looks like this:

execute pathogen#infect()
syntax on
filetype plugin indent on

"Theme Section
let g:airline_theme='papercolor'
let g:airline_powerline_fonts = 1
set nu

The theme works and it's dope. But there's the main issue—there is no custom background, whatever theme I use.

Here you can look at the screenshot:

While the theme is supposed to look like this: enter image description here

Is there any way to fix this?

I am using KDE Konsole and zsh

✦ ➜ echo $TERM

This is my .zshrc:

# If you come from bash you might have to change your $PATH.
# export PATH=$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH

# Path to your oh-my-zsh installation.
export ZSH="/home/dagoth/.oh-my-zsh"




source $ZSH/oh-my-zsh.sh

1 Answer 1


This looks as expected. Airline is a statusline plugin (read :help statusline).

To set the editor's colorscheme, use :colorscheme [name].

  • Thank you so much! it helped!
    – Me.
    Jan 18, 2020 at 15:54

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