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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.

If you're using an older version of Geany, see these links:

Note: There are no plans to further update Geany Themes releases before the one for Geany 1.22. If you send me an udpated and tested or geany-themes-0.2x.x.tar.bz2 file (or both), I will check them out and add them as updated download links here in the and in the Github downloads.

Unix-like Installation

Extract the tarball and copy all of the files in the colorschemes directory to your ~/.config/geany/colorschemes/ directory. Create that directory if it doesn't already exist.

Windows Installation

Extract the tarball and copy all of the files in the colorschemes directory to your C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\geany\colorschemes directory. Create this directory if it doesn't already exist.

Note: The Windows directory paths above are for Windows 7, they might be different for other Windows versions (see the Geany manual).

Note: Both of the above instructions will want to over-write your existing colorschemes which you might have customized. Be sure to backup any files in those directories that you do not want over-written.


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.

Known Bugs


These color schemes are not compatible with older version of Geany, 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.

Ubuntu Unity

There is a conflict in Geany's code when you are using Unity's DBUS menu (that global menu at the top of the screen). The fix for this is available in the 1.22 release of Geany. To work around the problem in older versions, you can ensure that the environment variable UBUNTU_MENUPROXY is set to 0 before running Geany. This will disable Unity from stealing Geany's main menu and will leave it within Geany's main window. You should be able to edit your launchers for Geany to run like this UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 geany. You can even make a Bash alias if you wish.

Geany Themes was created and is maintained by Matthew Brush