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Unified dconf and gconf palette variations


Solarized Colorscheme for Gnome Terminal

Scripts for setting the Solarized color set with Gnome Terminal. To get nicely colored directory listings, you will also need to set up a dircolors solarised color theme.


Only the foreground, background and highlight colors are different in the light and dark color sets, as one of the main ideas behind Ethan Schonoovers work is to use the same colors in the palette for both.

See the Solarized homepage for theory behind the colors, screenshots, details and colorscheme versions for Vim, Mutt, popular terminal emulators and other applications.

For the original works of Ethan Schoonover, visit the Solarized repository. The scripts for Gnome Terminal is maintained in Gnome Terminal Colors Solarized repository.

Installation and usage

To be able to uninstall, we highly recommend that you create a new Gnome Terminal profile, using the menus in Gnome Terminal.

You need the dconf command (if you run a recent Gnome version). With Ubuntu, this can be installed by running

$ sudo apt-get install dconf-cli

Then you can run the installation script:

$ ./

And just follow the instructions.

You can also run the or script, to directly set the dark or light solarized theme to the actived gnome-terminal profile.


Change to another profile in Gnome Terminal, then remove the Solarized profile by running:

Gnome 3.6 or lower

$ rm -r ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Solarized/

Gnome 3.8 or higher

Be sure to have the dconf-cli package installed and do:

$ dconf reset -f /org/gnome/terminal/legacy/profiles:/PROFILE_ID"

Replace PROFILE_ID by your profile ID (you can get it in your profile configuration in gnome-terminal).


Each theme has is own folder in the colors dir. It contains 5 files:

  • bd_color: bold color
  • bg_color: background color
  • fg_color: foreground color
  • palette_dconf: palette for dconf (for gnome-terminal 3.8 or higher). Each color is surrounded of simple quotes, and colors are comma separated.
  • palette_gconf: palette for gconf (for gnome-terminal 3.6 or lower). Colors are separated by colons.

No additional configuration is needed to add a theme, the installation script just list at launch the children folders in the colors dir.



Conflicting background colors in VIM

Use the 16 colors terminal option to get VIM to look like GVIM with solarized colors.

set t_Co=16

Mate terminal compatibility

This script has to stay simple, and including Mate compatibility is not what I want, even if there is not a lot of changes between Mate-Terminal and Gnome-Terminal. Moreover, I do not use Mate so I would only test the script quickly in a virtual machine, and it is not the main platform target.

However, I invite anybody to fork this script and to include the modifications for Mate (michel-slm already did the job in the pull-request #39, many thanks to him !). If it is maintained (like pulling the new commits from this repo and following the Mate Terminal changes), I will quote the forked repo in this readme.

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