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.
Bugs & Improvements
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.