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Geany Themes README


Geany-themes is a collection of color schemes for the Geany IDE/editor, either written originally by the Geany community or ported from color schemes for other editors. These schemes are compatible with Geany 1.22 and greater. Check out the screenshots to get an idea for what each color scheme looks like.


Note: the following instructions will overwrite any themes with the same filename you have already installed, so if you have customized any of them, you will lose your customizations if you don't back them up first.

Unix-like Systems

  1. Extract the zip file, tarball or checkout with Git to a local directory.
  2. To install, either
    • run for automatic instalation or
    • Copy all of the *.conf files from the colorschemesfolder into the ~/.config/geany/colorschemes/. Create the ~/.config/geany/colorschemes/directory if it does not already exist.
  3. Choose a new theme by selecting Change Color Scheme... from Geany's View menu.


Installing the themes on Windows is the same as with Unix-like systems with the exception that the target directory will be different. With Windows 7, the directory should be named C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\geany\colorschemes, but the exact path may vary depending on your Windows configuration and/or version. Refer to the Geany Manual for more information on configuration file paths.


If you want to add a theme, read the file. If you are a package maintainer, consult the file. For all other cases, consult the official Geany documentation.

Other Themes

You can also also sometimes find bleeding edge themes which have yet to be fully integrated into the repository by looking at the Issues on Github labelled with the new-theme label. There may also be some unofficial themes on the wiki.

Be wary of old-style themes you may find in random places on the Internet as they may only be compatible with old Geany versions before 1.22 and will likely result in grief. If the file doesn't contain a section called [theme_info] it almost sure to be an incompatible older theme. See below for more details.


These color schemes are not compatible with older version of Geany prior to 1.22, including its old filetypes files, which you may have customized and are found in your per-user configuration folder. All bets are off if you mix and match old filetypes/color schemes and the color schemes here. The best way to handle it is to simple move your old filetypes out of the way, copy the ones you want to customize from Geany's system data folder and hand-copy over the non-[styling] groups from the old filetypes file into the new one.