I'm trying to use this color scheme on my Ubuntu system. I installed the package using Option 1 in GitHub, and modified .vimrc as instructed.

It turns out that the colors displayed are different as in the author's website. C code has the following scheme according to the website:

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The C++ code has the following scheme on my own machine:

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How can I configure my .vimrc to have the same display effect as in the website? Or do I need to setup something on my terminal?


gvim displays the color as expected. The only problem is vim on terminal

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    1/ Not working as expected is one of the main features of solarized. 2/ If you need help about the setup of your terminal it would be useful to tell us which terminal emulator you're using.
    – statox
    Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 7:24
  • How can I check what terminal I'm using? In the comment I left below (to the first answer), I list a command, and that command shows I'm using gnome. And I've downloaded the solarized scheme from this link (github.com/Anthony25/gnome-terminal-colors-solarized). What else shall I do? Thanks. Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 19:09
  • configure your term variable correctly and possibly also set :set t_Co=256 Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 11:41

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To be able to take advantage of that theme you must select an appropriate palette in your terminal settings as well.

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If you don't find that palette in your terminal settings (for instance if you are on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) you must install a solarized Theme for the gnome-terminal first.

  1. Get the repo from gnome-terminal-colors-solarized on Github
  2. create a new profile for your terminal to easily get rid of that color-scheme in case you don't like it enter image description here
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  3. switch to that profile
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  4. now install the color-scheme with ./install.sh from the cloned git-repo, you will be asked two questions, be sure to answer the second one with the profile you just created

Please select a Gnome Terminal profile:
1) Default
2) solarized
#? 2

Now you are ready to install the vim-solarized theme.

  • How did you open this panel? I opened the System Settings at the task bar, and clicked the Color icon, it listed the monitor device and and a Add profile button. What's next? Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 0:26
  • @user3813057 that's the terminal's profile preferences, not system settings.
    – muru
    Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 7:34
  • @guntbert I'm using gnome term, at least the command cat /etc/alternatives/x-terminal-emulator | grep exec shows exec('gnome-terminal',@args). I've downloaded solarized color scheme from this (github.com/Anthony25/gnome-terminal-colors-solarized) link, and run the ./install.sh command. However, when I open the palette, there is no Solarized option, and the vim in terminal still does not display as expected. What else shall I do? Commented Jun 2, 2016 at 19:06
  • @user3813057 Strange, I am running Ubuntu 16.04 and the two solarized color-schemes are built in. I checked and help.gnome.org/users/gnome-terminal/stable/app-colors.html.en says so too.
    – guntbert
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 18:51
  • I'm using Ubuntu 14.04LTS, which has no solarized-light/dark color-scheme. Is there any other way to set the Ethan Solarized color? Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 19:09

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