Questions tagged [colorscheme]

A colorscheme is a Vim script which sets the colors to be used for the highlight groups.

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How to add indentation guides/lines

In Sublime Text 2, you get vertical guides where your indentation is, like this: but in vim I obviously don't: Is there a way to show lines like that in vim? By the way, my indentation is 2 spaces. ...
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What does :set background=dark do?

I didn't put color xxx in my .vimrc. So I see this when I first open my .vimrc. :color gives me default here. Then I type :color darcula. And it changes to this. :color gives me darcula here (...
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How do I customize vimdiff colors?

I am trying to use vimdiff as my git merge tool, but the colors used are making it unbearable (at least on Windows/Mingw): the background color and the foreground color is the same for some of the ...
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Set cursor colour different when on a highlighted word

With the current colourscheme I have been using, it is hard to find where the cursor is positioned when navigating through search results. The highlighting colour and the cursor colour are blending in ...
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Is it possible to use two different color backgrounds in a single vim buffer?

I am looking for a possible solution for applying two different background colors inside a single vim buffer depending on context like in this sublime text example. One use case of that is to color ...
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How can I create my own colorscheme?

What files do I need to create? What should be inside these files? Is there a default colorscheme file somewhere that I can use and change color values accordingly?
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How do I change the colour of the statusline of the currently focused window?

How do I change the colour of the statusline of the currently focused window? I've seen colorschemes modify this. Is this some sort of highlight group? Or something else?
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List valid color schemes?

I just found out about the :colorscheme command. Is there a way that I can get a list of valid color schemes from Vim? I'd like to be able to do this from within Vim, not from a list somewhere on the ...
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Trouble Using Color Scheme in NeoVim

I don't have a full understanding of how my color scheme is interacting with the term setting in vim and this is impeding my ability to get it to display correctly in neovim. In my .vimrc file, ...
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Colorscheme's background not correct in terminal

I imported the solarized colorscheme and palette. My terminal has the correct colors and background, gvim has the correct colors and background, but vim has an incorrectly colored background. The text ...
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When making a colorscheme, what is the label for the ~ area of the screen below EOF?

I have found some color schemes that I like, but some of them have the feature that the lines below the content of the file on the display - the ~ area - have a different background color as shown.. I ...
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Why does the order of :set bg=dark and :set bg=light matter?

While trying to match up my terminal's colour palette and GVim's I noticed this: When I open GVim and Vim, I see: (That's the same file, my vimrc.) If I do :set t_Co=256, nothing happens in GVim (...
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Is it possible to assign a sign to “Todo” group?

Is it possible to add a sign to be displayed in the signs column whenever the line has a ToDo group (ToDo,FIXME...). Tweaking my colorscheme I changed the highlight of the Todo group, but would like ...
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SpecialKey foreground color w/ cursorline set

In this Q&A, it's observed that there is a highlight group for CursorLineNr, which applies to the line number for the cursor line when set cursorline is on. I notice that using cursorline also ...
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Highlight whole todo comment line

I'm still learning Vim and making small customizing on it. I'm struggling a bit to create a custom style/syntax highlight which would highlight the whole todo line. So in the picture instead of having ...
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How to completely turn off colorscheme?

Original post I've got a colorscheme configured in my .vimrc but sometimes I'd like to turn it off completely which means that I would like Vim to use the default background and foreground colors of ...
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Is it possible for Vim to output ANSI colors from the terminal, without a colorscheme?

Many terminal emulators allow you to define colors: Rather than trying to approximate (and duplicate!) the same theme in a Vim colorscheme, is there a way to tell terminal Vim to output ANSI escape ...
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Does a Vim syntax highlighting file already exist for this log file format, or how can I easily make one?

I wonder if there's already a Vim syntax highlighting in existence that I could use out-of-the-box or modify if it's close to what I want. The log file format I want to highlight stuff in looks like ...
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How do I conditionally set :colorscheme?

My .vimrc chooses my preferred color scheme (solarized) which is installed via plugin management system. Yet on some systems which don't have that plugin the :colorscheme solarized command runs but ...
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Vim lost custom highlight settings after recovering from sessions

I defined some highlights in the vimrc file and it works well in gvim. However after I mksession and sourced it back, I found that some (maybe all) of the custom highlights were lost and vim used the ...
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Why does .vimrc not set colorscheme properly?

So I have downloaded proton.vim (a colorscheme) and placed it inside my .vim/colors folder. In .vimrc, right at the bottom I have colorscheme proton but when Vim loads, it is set to the default ...
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Why does my colorscheme look different when I run vim with sudo?

I installed colorscheme "jellybeans" for vim. Why does the colors look differently when i run vim with and without sudo? Example on the screen below - the left one is without sudo, the right is with ...
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Why does the same color scheme look better in gvim than Cygwin?

I installed Cygwin/x on my PC, and I've set the terminal to xterm-256. But when I start vim from cygwin terminal, the look and feel of the same color scheme is different on cygwin and gvim. gvim ...
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Different gutter colours for each code function

VIM knows to identify the start and end of code functions with the [[ and ]} commands. How might I use this to colour the gutters or line number backgrounds differently for each function? The issue ...
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CursorLine colors

I configured my CursorLine to be lightyellow. I have a couple of issues here: First, lightyellow is marked as an error when it is a valid color. How can I avoid this? Second, when the cursor line is ...
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Overwrite colorscheme syntax highlighting

/* This is coming directly from Molokai's issue #36. */ The problem Molokai is a very nice theme for Vim but it has a terrible vimdiff highlighting (see left split, last 5 lines). + are not green ...
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how to change vim background color in hex code or rgb color code?

I am using vim 7.4.52 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.My vim background color is darkblue. I set this in .vimrc using set background darkblue Now I want to set the background color with another color using hex ...
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24-bit / 256 colorscheme in Windows console

I'm using 64-bit Vim 8.1.0428 on Windows 10 release 1803. The Windows 10 console now has 24-bit colours, and Vim 8 has been patched to handle 24-bit colours in the Windows console (i.e. using vim.exe ...
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Make vim show all the colors

I have a problem with making vim show a colorscheme fully (like in gvim). I've read about how to enable 256 color mode in terminal and it vim, but somehow it just doesn't work. The state of now is: :...
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How do I remove the special highlighting on `rnu` numbers?

I spent a lot of time getting vim to look just the way I want, but nornu and rnu number modes look different. Is there any way to disable the special highlighting when in rnu mode? nornu rnu
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How to setup in `~/.vimrc` a mapping for `colorscheme` to toggle `solarized` between `dark` and `light`?

Both background and colorscheme in ~/.vimrc are badly misbehaving! I have setup solarized to work on vim and it can manually toggle between background light/dark. My general settings in ~/.vimrc are: ...
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Disable bold character under cursor

This might be a newbie question but I can't seem to find an answer anywhere. I've created a custom colorscheme, but I don't know how to stop the character behind the cursor from becoming bold. This ...
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Visual Differences between vim on virtualbox Ubuntu guest (through putty) OR gVim on Windows host

Ok, it's a curiosity more than a real question, I apologize in advance for long post: Usually I code with vim on a ubuntu headless, as a virtualbox guest on my stupid windows 7 host; I access linux ...
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How do PuTTY/KiTTY ANSI colors affect Vim colorschemes?

I'm having a hard time understanding how the ANSI colors affect the named colors in Vim. My KiTTY terminal has "regular" and "bold" versions for the main 8 colors, plus foreground/background colors. ...
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Neovim Gray Background

Problem Anytime I switch to a colorscheme the background turns this ugly gray that gives everything a washed out look. Why does this happen, and how can I prevent it? Example screenshot— More ...
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non-default colorschemes can't be loaded; setting them manually after startup works

Currently, I use vim-plug for managing plugins and vim-colorschemes for my colorschemes - which doesn't work. Approach 1: in my init.vim: Plug 'flazz/vim-colorschemes' [...] syntax on colorscheme ...
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I can't get 256 colours to work with Vim in iTerm2 on MacOS X

I am having a rough time getting the colors right with my vim setup and the color scheme I want to use. Using: OSX 10.10.2 Vim 7.4 iTerm2 (Set to report terminal type as "xterm-256color") gruvbox ...
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How to customize colorschemes without editing their source files?

Similarly to plug-ins, color schemes are commonly distributed as clone-able Git repositories, which make it less desirable to directly edit their source files (as sometimes suggested) when wanting to ...
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Vim highlighting random indentations

As seen from the image, Vim decides to highlight those indentations for no reason. I've tried :noh and :set nolist (:set list seems to make it go away, but I don't want indentation marks) from a ...
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Tmux messing with Vim highlighting [duplicate]

When I load up vim inside tmux there is a background color behind all text as so: If I load it up not in tmux I get the following: I want it to be like image 2, I can not understand why tmux is ...
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How to change the color of the modes names (--INSERT--, --REPLACE--, --VISUAL--, etc)

What is the color scheme property for the mode indicator (that says --INSERT--, --REPLACE--, --VISUAL--, etc) that appears at the bottom of the screen? I would like to change this because the color ...
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How to change color of tabs in the tab-bar in gvim?

Here is what my tab-bar in GVim looks like: I'm having a hard time to identify which of the tabs is the active one. How can I configure the color of the tab-bar, for example I'd like to use a ...
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NeoVim: default colors don't match vim's

I'm running NeoVim "straight out of the box"; after running the following commands: mkdir -p ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME:=$HOME/.config} ln -s ~/.vim $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/nvim ln -s ~/.vimrc $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/nvim/...
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Vim black text on black background in command line in Windows 10 while editing git commit message

I am using git 2.7.0.windows.1 in Windows 10, with core.editor set to vim. Vim was downloaded from vim.org latest version binary: VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4.1023 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Jan 2 2016 14:24:...
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Hightlight Gutter of Function Being Edited

Is it possible to change the back-gound color of the gutter for the function that I am working on? I keep loosing my place, but it would be awesome to highlight a section like below.
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Change color of Vim error message when .swp file exists

This is a really minor thing but it keeps bugging me. Whenever I try to open foo.txt if a .foo.txt.swp file exists, the error message that shows up displays in a color that painfully clashes with my ...
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ctermbg and ctermfg are backwards or incorrect for certain highlighting groups

I am currently attempting to create a custom colorscheme for vim by using ctermfg and ctermbg values, and checking what the colorscheme looks like with the highlight test file provided by Vim. What I ...
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How to save color scheme in gVim between sessions?

I want to select a color scheme in gVim such that it's used always (i. e. if I select color scheme X, close gVim, and start it again, it should start with X as the color scheme, not the default one). ...
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Why does my colorscheme not look like it should?

For some reason when I change my colorscheme it doesn't seem to change all the syntax elements, or changes them to a completely different color than they should be. I know the problem isn't about the ...
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Vim zebra line coloring?

Is there a plugin or way for me to alternate the background color for each line in vim? E.g. Previously I'd found vim-zebra but this looks really ugly: I'd prefer the whole line to be colored, not ...

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