I just started using vim. As I understand it, using a plugin manager is the easiest way of installing plugins for vim. So I thought I would try vim-plug which I installed using curl as explained here. Then I looked for plugins on vimawesome and I thought I would try to install solarized colors. I just put this in my .vimrc

call plug#begin()
Plug 'altercation/vim-colors-solarized'
call plug#end()

then I opened vim and did PlugInstall and PlugUpdate but when I open a new vim I don't get the solarized colors. What am I doing wrong?


I tried the suggestion but when I type :colorscheme solarized I get the following enter image description here

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    fancy colorschemes use colors unavailable for terminals, unless you prepare it by providing color palette or if terminal supports termguicolors option. Thus, first of all try :set termguicolors and then :colo solarized.
    – Maxim Kim
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 18:11
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    And if you go to the URL you show us there is a BIG section IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TERMINAL USERS: you should read.
    – Maxim Kim
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 18:13

1 Answer 1


You need to load it. Add colorscheme solarized to your .vimrc. You can also load it on the fly executing :colorscheme solarized on the Vim command line

  • When I try the suggestion I get something as I printed above which doesn't seem right
    – roi_saumon
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 17:37
  • @roi_saumon you need to enable termguicolors with set termguicolors and use a terminal emulator that supports them. I think on Linux most terminal emulators do, on macOS you can try iTerm2 or (my favourite) Kitty
    – Tae
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 19:15
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    Alacritty also @Tae. But it's not completely necessary if you happen to like Terminal.app or tmux, and you set up your term's color palette correctly.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 22:53

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