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Sublime Text 2/3 Material Nil Theme

Material Nil is the dark theme for the Sublime Text 2/3.

This theme is based on Nil Theme and Material Theme

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There are a handful of options you can use to customize the appearance of both the Nil and Ayin themes. All options are boolean values and disabled by default. Their keys and descriptions follow:

  • material_nil_highlight_modified_tabs — If true, will display an orange bar under tabs with modified buffers.
  • material_nil_sidebar_folders — If true, will display a folder icon beside folders in the sidebar instead of a disclosure triangle. Sidebar folders are off by default.
  • material_nil_colored_folder_glyphs — If true, will tint either folder icons or disclosure triangles in the sidebar (only the sidebar) purple.
  • material_nil_disable_colored_group_labels — If true, will disable the colored group labels. Group labels are the things that say "Group 1" and 2 and so on in the sidebar. They're only visible if you have open files shown. Colored group labels are enabled by default.
  • material_nil_disable_colored_folder_labels — If true, will disable the colored folder labels in the sidebar. This is independent of group label coloring. Colored folder labels are enabled by default.
  • material_nil_disable_fileicons — If true, will disable the colored folder labels in the sidebar. This is independent of group label coloring. Colored folder labels are enabled by default.

To set any of these properties, place them and their values in your user preferences file.

HDPI Displays

This theme includes HDPI images for displays that support HDPI on Mac OS X, such as the recent (as of this writing) MacBook Pro with the retina display. Both screenshots above are in HDPI.


With the Package Control plugin: The easiest way to install Material Nil is through Package Control, which can be found at this site:

Once you install Package Control, restart Sublime Text and bring up the Command Palette (Command+Shift+P on OS X, Control+Shift+P on Linux/Windows). Select "Package Control: Install Package", wait while Package Control fetches the latest package list, then select Material Nil when the list appears. The advantage of using this method is that Package Control will automatically keep Material Nil up to date with the latest version.

Without Git: Download the latest source from GitHub and copy the Material Nil folder to your Sublime Text "Packages" directory.

With Git: Clone the repository in your Sublime Text "Packages" directory:

git clone Material Nil

The "Packages" directory is located at:

  • OS X:

      ST2: ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages/
      ST3: ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 3/Packages/
  • Linux:

      ST2: ~/.config/sublime-text-2/Packages/
      ST3: ~/.config/sublime-text-3/Packages/
  • Windows:

      ST2: %APPDATA%/Sublime Text 2/Packages/
      ST3: %APPDATA%/Sublime Text 3/Packages/


In your Settings - User file, set the "theme" key to "Material-Nil.sublime-theme", like so:

    "theme": "Material-Nil.sublime-theme"

Assuming you have then installed it correctly, it should show the theme. Due to what I assume is settings from previous themes surviving, you may wish to restart Sublime Text as well, but otherwise you should be good to go.

Also you can use my specific color scheme LongishDark:

    "color_scheme": "Packages/Material Nil/schemes/LongishDark.tmTheme",
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