Zenburn for Emacs is a direct port of the popular Zenburn theme for vim, developed by Jani Nurminen. It's my personal belief (and that of its many users I presume) that it's one of the best low contrast color themes out there and that it's is exceptionally easy on the eyes.
The theme has two versions - one for Emacs 23, relying on the
color-theme package and another for Emacs 24 using the built-in
theming support there.
Zenburn depends on the
color-theme package, so you should have it
installed. In zenburn's repo you'll find a stripped down version of
color-theme (without the built-in themes), suitable for use with
zenburn. Finally put this in your
(require 'color-theme-zenburn) (color-theme-zenburn)
Zenburn for Emacs is also available for installation via the
Marmalade package repository. Follow the
installation instructions there to install
afterwards you can install the zenburn theme like this:
M-x package-install color-theme-zenburn
zenburn-theme.el to the directory
~/.emacs.d/themes/. Add this to your
(add-to-list 'custom-theme-load-path "~/.emacs.d/themes/")
Now you can load the theme with the interactive function
load-theme like this:
M-x load-theme RET zenburn
M-x package-install zenburn-theme
To load it automatically on Emacs startup add this to your init file:
(load-theme 'zenburn t)
Zenburn for Emacs is already bundled into
Emacs Prelude. If you're a
Prelude user - you're probably already using Zenburn, since it's
Prelude's default color theme. You can load Zenburn at any time by
M-x load-theme zenburn.
Please, report any problems that you find on the projects integrated issue tracker. If you've added some improvements and you want them included upstream don't hesitate to send me a patch or even better - a GitHub pull request. These contributors have done so.