ZenburnX is a dark-background, low-contrast theme for the NetBeans IDE
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ZenburnX is a dark-background, low-contrast theme for the NetBeans IDE

The latest version of ZenBurn is compatible with NetBeans 7.4.

What is the difference between ZenburnX and Zenburn2012?

Zenburn2012 is deprecated. ZenburnX is a "living" theme. This means that development of the theme will be run in parallel with NetBeans releases. For example, if the latest version of NetBeans is released (NetBeans IDE X.X), you should check to see if ZenburnX has been updated on GitHub.


The main component of ZenburnX is "Fonts & Colors". It is specifically designed to allow hours of coding without making you want to stab your eyeballs out. Other components of the theme include my personal formatting preferences. The PHP formatting is based on the evolving PSR standard. The Fonts & Colors and formatting components can be installed separately.


css file example htaccess file example JS file example PHP file example


Can I fork this theme, improve it, and send it back to you?

Sure. Most of my work is in PHP, HTML, CSS, C, and JS. If ZenburnX doesn't meet the needs of your language, go ahead and fork it and submit it to the master branch.

Is ZenburnX the best NetBeans theme in the entire world?

At this point, yes. It is possibly the best theme in the entire universe.

ZenburnX should be the default theme for NetBeans.

That's not a question, but the answer is yes.

Are you dissapointed that the NetBeans IDE looks like it was design by Computer Science majors?

Yes. But there isn't much I can do about it. The ZenburnX theme is the best I can do for the community at this point, unless the ability to change the look and feel gets better. I would love to make wireframes of the NetBeans interface to show them what their IDE could look like. Until then, we are stuck with the "Engineers Interface".


If you are not used to cloning repositories in GitHub, download the archive called ZenburnX.zip. Now you must select the archive in NetBeans. Go to Tools => Options => Font & Colors => Import => Browse... Select the All button and then OK. WARNING! Make sure your work is saved before importing the theme. NetBeans will automatically restart to apply changes and you will lose any unsaved work.

If you download the entire git repository called ZenburnX-master, you will not be able to import this into NetBeans. There is a .zip file inside that .zip file. It is called ZenburnX.zip. This is the file that you need to import into NetBeans.


1.1.2 (June 22, 2015)

  • Better C support
  • Improved terminal and output window styles

1.1.1 (October 27, 2013)

  • Tested support for latte, twig, and smarty templates
  • Minor color tweaks

1.1 (October 19, 2013)

  • Code updated for NetBeans 7.4
  • Support for Latte Template

1.02 (October 19, 2013)

  • Better installation instructions in README
  • Realeases now tagged according to NetBeans version

1.01 (March 15, 2013)

  • Theme file name corrected
  • New braces color for improved readability
  • Added changelog

1.0 (February 27, 2013)

  • Initial commit