I have installed embark using vim-plug. I have put it inside my vimrc. But everytime I open vim, it shows this error

Error detected while processing /home/pial/.vim/vimrc:
line    9:
E185: Cannot find color scheme 'embark'
Press ENTER or type command to continue

But, when I am inside vim, and then use the command mode to select embark as my colorscheme, then it works.

My .vimrc file:

autocmd! bufwritepost vimrc ++nested source %

" change leader key to <space>, previously it was <alt>
let mapleader = " "

" colorscheme
colorscheme embark

" setting linenumbers and relative line numbers
set nu rnu

" incremental searching for vim
set incsearch

" shows command in the status bar
set showcmd

" Plugins installed using vim-plug
call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged')

Plug 'embark-theme/vim', { 'as': 'embark' }

call plug#end()

I am using VIm 8.1 and my OS is Ubuntu 20.04.

1 Answer 1


You need to reorder the commands in your vimrc, to only set the colorscheme after the plug#end() call.

call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged')
Plug 'embark-theme/vim', { 'as': 'embark' }
call plug#end()

colorscheme embark

The reason why this is important is that plug#end() is what will modify the 'runtimepath' setting, which is what allows Vim to find plug-in files in directories where those plug-ins reside. Since the colorscheme is coming from a plug-in managed by vim-plug, you need that to be set up first, before it's actually available.


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