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Vim adaptation of the famous Afterglow theme from Sublime Text 2/3.

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🚀 Modern and nicely integrated with plugins and environments.

🔋 Batteries included so that you can concentrate on what matters most: your code.

  • Built-in airline scheme ✈️
  • No bad surprises: works for both Vim and Neovim, terminal and GUI.
  • Highlighted important keywords in reddish and bold inside comments: TODO, FIXME, XXX...
  • No more "it looks flat/terrible on this language": includes customized highlighting for many popular languages
    • Java
    • Python
    • C
    • Lua
    • Go
    • Clojure
    • Scala
    • PHP
    • and many others...

🎨 Easy on the eyes

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To enable it, simply add colorscheme afterglow (not vim-afterglow) to your ~/.vimrc after having installed the plugin (manually or by using a package manager).

Airline theme should be updated accordingly, but can be explicitly specified by using let g:airline_theme='afterglow'.


To further customize Afterglow, you can use the following options before setting the color scheme on your vimrc (or init.vim if using NeoVim):

  • Blackout: let g:afterglow_blackout=1 (default: 0)

    ☀️ Use this option if you need more contrast, such as when working in an office where open windows are just behind you, causing glare on your screen.

    This option has no effect if g:afterglow_inherit_background is also set.

  • Italicize comments: let g:afterglow_italic_comments=1 (default: 0)

    📖 Helps visual grepping and quickly differentiating source code and comments when skimming through files.

    If using a terminal emulator (iTerm, Alacritty, Terminator...), check if it correctly supports italics. Evidently your chosen font type should have an italics variety too. In case of problems please check these two common scenarios before opening an issue concerning italics.

  • If you want to disable italics completely (for example if your emulator renders it with background highlight): let g:afterglow_use_italics=0 (default: 1)

  • Inherit background: let g:afterglow_inherit_background=1 (default: 0)

    Use this option if you want the background color to play nicely with the program (e.g. gVim, iTerm etc.) in which vim is used. It may be useful when instantiating vim inside Tmux.