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Solarized Colorscheme for Gnome Terminal

Scripts for setting the Solarized color set with Gnome Terminal. Scripts by Sigurd Gartmann and Paul Thomson, based on colors by Ethan Schoonover

Notes about color settings in Gnome Terminal

In Gnome terminal, you can add or edit profiles from the menu bar. However, this functionality is not easliy available from command line. Here, you'll find a script that will set the palette colors, foreground, background and highlight colors to a light or dark color scheme, overwriting a color profile you choose.

There is no uninstall option as that would probably make the scripts a few times bigger than what they are today. However, if you are completely lost, you can reset all profiles to a kind of "factory default", which may be different from the profile that came with your distribution: gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/gnome-terminal

Code contributions to make an uninstall option or adding new profiles through the script, will be highly appreciated.

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.

Visit the Solarized homepage

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 colors for Gnome Terminal is maintained in Gnome Terminal Colors Solarized repository.

Installation and usage

Clone the [git repository], then run one of the scripts: or

$ git clone git://
$ cd gnome-terminal-colors-solarized
$ ./

The script will guide you through some settings, asking if you want the light or dark color scheme, and which of your Gnome Terminal profiles you will apply it to.

Make sure you are creating a new profile if you do not want to lose your original color profile, as we do not provide any uninstall option.

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