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Though you can easily override CSS stylesheets and add your own HTML themes, we can say (or write) that Org mode provides a basic HTML support.

Org-HMTL themes is an open source framework for providing you with a list of very nice (cross-browser) themes for all your Org documents. Use them to style your docs, and your colleagues will come up to tell you that you are a genius!

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Org mode version 8 (or later) is required.

If such a version is not bundled with your Emacs, install one from ELPA.


About Bigblow

“Very very nice, I enjoy it a lot.”
Ista Zahn

“This is awesome. I love it!”
Rainer M Krug

“This is awesome!!”
Mehul Sanghvi

“This very nice html theme. […] I cannot use another emacs-theme than your emacs-leuven-theme, and it is going to be probably the same with your html theme!”
Joseph Vidal-Rosset

“Thanks a lot for sharing […] the wonderful Bigblow theme. I create lot of specification for other team members to use. It has always been a trouble to share and maintain such spec. Now, I can create a much neater spec which is available for the team’s reference as a webpage.”
Shankar R.

“I like Bigblow the best. I’ve exported most of my Org files using this theme and published them within my company’s intranet. Thanks for sharing this wonderful package!”
Richard K.

About ReadTheOrg

“OMG. The ReadTheOrg theme for exported HTML from org mode files is eye wateringly beautiful. Thank you!”
Rob Stewart

“It is fantastic, so beautiful. I will switch several of my pages over to this theme.”
Carsten D.

“That is incredibly impressive. Thanks for this.”
Noah R.

“Thank you! I enjoy your themes. The best ones I’ve ever found.”
Kang T.

“Awesome theme. Wonderful job. You’re doing a wonderful thing — it will enable people (at least those who use Emacs and Org mode) to put together on-line reference works in a much-more usable fashion than is currently available.”
D. C. Toedt

“Extremely useful.”
Thomas S. Dye


This is a list of available HTML themes for Org mode, which you can use right now! Well, I hope to have more than one in a couple of weeks…


Bigblow is perfect for your work: it is a clean design aimed at optimal Org mode experience in your browser. It looks just awesome!


Click on the image for a quick demo of Bigblow (2:49 min, no audio).

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ReadTheOrg is a clone of the official – and great! – theme used in the Read The Docs site. It gives a beautiful and professional style to all your Org docs.

Thanks to its creator(s)!



I’ve written a demo page for the themes that provides a maximal working support of Org mode syntax.

Please see the Org mode refcard page for full examples of headings, code, admonitions, footnotes, tables and other details.

Using a theme

Using a theme from the theme gallery for your own Org documents is very easy:

  1. You add a #+SETUPFILE: directive in the preamble of your document (to include the necessary CSS and JavaScript files).

    You can either use an URL of the following type for the “setup file” of your chosen theme:


    (where THEME-NAME is theme-bigblow or theme-readtheorg)

    or, if you cloned or downloaded the Org-HTML themes project – to get no dependency on an Internet connection –, use a (relative or absolute) path to the local “setup file” and copy the “styles” folder from the cloned folder into the same folder as the file you want to export:

    #+SETUPFILE: path/to/Git/repo/setup/THEME-NAME-local.setup
  2. Then, you export your Org mode file to HTML with org-html-export-to-html or with C-c C-e h h.

Customizing a theme

You love those themes, but you still would like to override particular HTML tags? Some examples do follow…

Before doing that, though, if you think it really is an improvement that could server other persons as well, including me, you’re invited to submit your change…

Change the background code blocks

Here’s an example to insert into your Org documents:

# Change the background of source block.
#+HTML_HEAD: <style>pre.src{background:#343131;color:white;} </style>

Unset body width limit of ReadTheOrg

Solution provided by Malcolm Cook:

#+HTML_HEAD: <style> #content{max-width:1800px;}</style>
#+HTML_HEAD: <style> p{max-width:800px;}</style>
#+HTML_HEAD: <style> li{max-width:800px;}</style



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 org-html-themes project (or any of my other projects) and feel it is making your life better and easier, you can show your appreciation and help support future development by making today a donation through PayPal. Thank you!

Regardless of the donations, org-html-themes will always be free both as in beer and as in speech.

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Author: Fabrice Niessen
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