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A color scheme for Vim with colorful text on a light gray background.

Screenshot of this color scheme


Copy the “biogoo.vim” file from this repository into your ~/.vim/colors directory. (You’ll need to create that directory if it doesn’t already exist.) You can download the file directly from this link.

If you’re using vim-plug to manage plugins, add

Plug 'bdesham/biogoo'

to your vimrc. Other plugin managers probably need a similar invocation.


Biogoo works in GUI Vim and in 256-color terminals. It should work with Vim 6 and with any later version.

If you’re using vim-airline, you can find a Biogoo theme in the official vim-airline-themes repository. (The screenshot above demonstrates the vim-airline theme.) To use it, make sure you have both vim-airline and vim-airline-themes installed and run

:AirlineTheme biogoo


This color scheme was created by Benjamin Esham.

This project is hosted on GitHub. Please feel free to submit pull requests.

If you find a syntax element that isn’t highlighted by biogoo, or if you find something lacking in general, please email me with details and I’ll try to fix the problem :-)

Thanks are due to Scott F., Matt F., and sc for feature suggestions and bug reports, as well as to Bill McCarthy for posting to the Vim mailing list about Vim 7 support.

Version history

  • 3.0 (2020-02-01)
    • Added support for 256-color terminals.
    • Changed the color scheme of the popup menu from red with green scrollbars to orange with gray scrollbars.
    • Added support for the CursorLineNr, Ignore, SignColumn, StatusLineTerm, and StatusLineTermNC highlighting groups.
  • 2.1 (2017-11-11)
    • Made relatively minor changes to the brightness and saturation of several of the colors.
  • 2.0 (2016-04-28)
    • Removed the “normal cursor” option.
    • Removed support for the vimspell plugin, which was made obsolete by Vim 7’s built-in spell checking.
    • Moved the color scheme file into a “colors” directory.
    • Placed the color scheme into the public domain and generally overhauled this README.
  • 1.6.2 (2011-02-28)
    • Put the README-type content into a separate file and put everything into a GitHub repository. (No changes to the color scheme itself.)
  • 1.6.1 (2010-08-16)
    • Fixed some oversights in 1.6.
  • 1.6
    • Swapped the spelling-error color so that setting 'cursorline' or 'cursorcolumn' doesn't make words invisible; added ColorColumn to support 'colorcolumn' in Vim 7.3.
  • 1.5
    • Should fully support Vim 7 now.
  • 1.4
    • More Vim 7 support: added the MatchParen group for ()[]{} matching.
  • 1.3
    • Added support for Vim 7: added groups for the new spellchecking, and added a conditional to display Visual mode correctly in any version.
  • 1.2
    • Added SpellErrors group for use with vimspell.
  • 1.1
    • Added IncSearch group for improved visibility in incremental searches.
  • 1.0
    • Minor tweaks.
  • 0.95 (2002-09-28)
    • Initial release.


This project is released into the public domain via the Unlicense, which you can find in the file


A color scheme for Vim with colorful text on a light gray background.





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