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Eclipse Color Theme

Color themes for Eclipse.

Eclipse Color Theme makes it possible to import and switch color themes conveniently and without side effects.

You can install the plugin from the update site (there's also an archive of the site for offline installation). After installing, go to Window->Preferences->General->Appearance->Color Theme to change the color theme.

Please note:

  • When updating the plugin via Eclipse, go to the preferences page and press OK once, otherwise you won't see any changes. We're planning to fix this.
  • When updating from an earlier version than 0.6, please uninstall the plugin and the update site, add the site listed above and install it again from there. Otherwise you won't see any updates.

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While Eclipse allows you to change the syntax coloring in great detail, there is no support for managing multiple color themes. It is possible to achieve that by importing and exporting preferences files, but this is inconvenient and likely to mess up your preferences. Furthermore, color themes have to be created for every single editor, a theme for the Java editor does not change the XML, JavaScript or any other editors. This plugin solves these issues by mapping a generic color theme format to specific preferences entries for each supported editor.

Editors and themes

Eclipse Color Theme currently supports the following editors:

Available themes:

You can download additional themes or create your own on


Since pretty much all Eclipse Color Theme users are developers, and since it supports many more editors than a single person could possibly want to use, the project has always been driven by our fantastic contributors.

Please consider contributing if you're missing support for an editor, get annoyed by a bug or just want to help - it's greatly appreciated! See the contributor guide for a start.


You can generate an update site using Maven:

mvn clean verify

This will create an update site in com.github.eclipsecolortheme.updatesite/target/repository.

By default, Eclipse Color Theme will be built against the Eclipse Mars version of the platform. You can build against either Eclipse Luna or Kepler by setting the "platform-version" property, for example:

mvn clean verify -Dplatform-version=kepler


Copyright (C) 2010-2014 Felix H. Dahlke and Roger Dudler

This is open source software, licensed under the Eclipse Public License. See the file COPYING for details.