I have a gruvbox theme applied to Vim inside my vimrc. The problem is that when I run the :terminal command inside Vim the colorscheme is different from either the Vim theme or the terminal emulator's theme.

I have tried this on Hyper and iTerm2 with the same results. Somehow neither of the colorschemes are applied to the :terminal. I did try looking at the discussions in github, but my knowledge of Vim is not sufficient to understand it.

Can someone explain the problem and the solution? I am running Vim version 8.2.900, Hyper 3.0.2, iTerm 3.3.10.

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    The colorscheme may need to set the terminal colors via some special variables. Welcome to Vi and Vim!
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jul 4, 2020 at 2:16
  • What is that special variable and how? I'm not that proficient in vim scripting just yet. Thank you! Jul 4, 2020 at 11:35
  • I believe it’s g:terminal_ansi_colors; you can search the plugins code for that and also check the help.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jul 4, 2020 at 15:34
  • Oh yes I got it working! I just copy pasted from some of the other themes. Thank you! Jul 28, 2020 at 9:49
  • please add an answer if you solved the problem ! Self-answering is accepted and encouraged here, and you’ll be able to accept the answer after a few days. It will help others learn, too!
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jul 28, 2020 at 13:22

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This was the color schemes defined in paper color theme. Just pasting this in the vimrc worked!

let g:terminal_ansi_colors = [
  \'#eeeeee', '#af0000', '#008700', '#5f8700',
  \'#0087af', '#878787', '#005f87', '#444444',
  \'#bcbcbc', '#d70000', '#d70087', '#8700af',
  \'#d75f00', '#d75f00', '#005faf', '#005f87' ]

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