Looking for an awesome Emacs color theme? Looking for one of the best light themes for Org mode, and for other modes too? Here’s the place to find one!
Welcome to the custom Leuven theme, an elegant and popular color theme for light backgrounds, with built-in style for many components such as Org mode, Gnus, Dired+ and EDiff. Make it yours!Tweet
Org buffer (with code)
Fontified source code blocks:
Note that, to get the whole heading lines fontified, you need to add the
following line into your
;; Fontify the whole line for headings (with a background color). (setq org-fontify-whole-heading-line t)
Agenda with task list:
“Your Org-enhancing color-theme “leuven” ROCKS! … and not just for Org.”
– Johan S.
“Amazing theme. I’ve been switching themes like socks the past 3 years and
finally found a theme that fits me exactly.”
“The Leuven theme has quickly become my favorite – the colors are great and the
visual details for Org mode are just wonderful.”
– Steve B.
“I’m using leuven theme, which is a great theme for Org-mode. […] I cannot
use another emacs-theme.”
– Joseph Vidal-Rosset
“Leuven theme is awesome!”
– Joost Diepenmaat
“I still am really enjoying using the theme – wish I’d had it years back…”
“I’ve been using leuven-theme, which is a fantastic theme for Org-mode files.”
“I love leuven for it’s magit faces. E.g. the different sections of the magit
status screen stand out much better with leuven than with any other theme I’ve
tried. It’s a good looking theme but what makes it stand out is the attention
the author has put into all of the different faces you find everywhere.”
NEW! Dark version
There is now a dark version of Leuven-theme, automagically built by Thibault Polge.
It surely will be improved over time, but this is a major first step into the right direction. A big thanks to him!
Install the ELPA package
In Emacs 24+,
M-x list-packages is the recommended way to list and install
MELPA keeps stable releases of Leuven theme.
See http://melpa.milkbox.net/#installing for more information on how to install
- Just add MELPA to
;; Archives from which to fetch. (setq package-archives (append '(("melpa" . "http://melpa.milkbox.net/packages/")) package-archives))
- Search for
- Mark it for installation with
- Execute the install action with
Install the Git version
Get the full Git repository at https://github.com/fniessen/emacs-leuven-theme using the following command:
git clone https://github.com/fniessen/emacs-leuven-theme
Add the following in your
(add-to-list 'custom-theme-load-path "/PATH/TO/EMACS-LEUVEN-THEME/lisp") (load-theme 'leuven t) ; For Emacs 24+.
To load the dark theme, add the following to your
(load-theme 'leuven-dark t)
To use the dark theme with use-package, use the following:
(use-package leuven-theme :config (load-theme 'leuven-dark t))
You don’t like my large Org level-1 headings or my large Org agenda-date heading (though I made them larger on purpose!)?
Then, set the variable
nil before the theme is
(setq leuven-scale-outline-headlines nil)
Other settings you might want to consider:
(setq leuven-scale-org-agenda-structure nil) (setq leuven-scale-volatile-highlight nil)
The value can be:
tfor using the theme default, or
- a scaling number (that you choose to your liking!).
One way to do that is to it through
M-x customize-variable and then restart
Report issues and suggest features and improvements on the GitHub issue tracker.
I love contributions! Patches under any form are always welcome!
If you use the emacs-leuven-theme project and feel it is making your life better and easier, you can show your appreciation and help support future development by making a donation through PayPal. Thank you!
Regardless of the donations, emacs-leuven-theme will always be free both as in beer and as in speech.
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