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Solarized 8: True Colors

Solarized 8 Dark Flat

Solarized 8 Light Flat

This is yet another Solarized theme for Vim. It places itself half way between the original Solarized and the Flattened variant. It removes only some of the bullshit. The color palette is exactly the same as in Solarized, of course, although some highlight groups are defined slightly differently (for instance, I have tried to avoid red on blue).

The main reason for the existence of this project is that the original Solarized theme does not define guifg and guibg in terminal Vim, making it unsuitable for versions of Vim supporting true-color terminals. Instead, this color scheme works out of the box if you use:

  • Vim ≥7.4.1799 with termguicolors set, or
  • NeoVim,

and a true-color enabled terminal (e.g., iTerm2). Solarized 8 also works in MacVim, gVim, etc…: no configuration is needed.

For terminals not supporting true colors, your 16 terminal ASCII colors must be set to the Solarized palette. The ugly degraded 256-color variant of the original Solarized has been removed from Solarized 8.

In NeoVim, Solarized 8 also defines the color palette for the terminal emulator, as well as colors for the TermCursor and TermCursorNC highlight groups.


If your Vim supports packages (echo has('packages') prints 1), I strongly recommend that you use them. Just clone this repo inside pack/*/opt, e.g.:

git clone \

Otherwise, use your favourite installation method.

There are actually 8 optimized color schemes:

  • solarized8_dark and solarized8_light: the default Solarized theme;
  • solarized8_dark_low and solarized8_light_low: low-contrast variant;
  • solarized8_dark_high and solarized8_light_high: high-contrast variant;
  • solarized8_dark_flat and solarized8_light_flat: “flat” variant (not present in the original Solarized, see screenshots above).

To use any of them, put a line like the following in your .vimrc:

colorscheme solarized8_dark

Note: if you use Vim packages, there is no need to packadd solarized8. Keep your runtimepath clean!


The following options are inherited from Solarized:

  • g:solarized_visibility: one of "normal" (default), "low", "high";
  • g:solarized_diffmode: one of "normal" (default), "low", "high", "bold";
  • g:solarized_termtrans: make terminal background transparent if set to 1 (default: 0).

The following options were not available in the original Solarized:

  • g:solarized_statusline: one of "normal" (default) or "low";
  • g:solarized_term_italics: set to 1 if your terminal supports italics (default is 0).

These options may be used with any solarized8_* variant.


Hey, I do not get the right colors when running Vim inside tmux or in my favourite true-color enabled terminal!

Try putting this in your .vimrc:

let &t_8f = "\<Esc>[38;2;%lu;%lu;%lum"
let &t_8b = "\<Esc>[48;2;%lu;%lu;%lum"

See :h xterm-true-color for the details.


If you want to quickly toggle between dark and light background, you may define a mapping like the following:

nnoremap  <leader>B :<c-u>exe "colors" (g:colors_name =~# "dark"
    \ ? substitute(g:colors_name, 'dark', 'light', '')
    \ : substitute(g:colors_name, 'light', 'dark', '')
    \ )<cr>

To tune the contrast level you may use the following snippet:

fun! Solarized8Contrast(delta)
  let l:schemes = map(["_low", "_flat", "", "_high"], '"solarized8_".(&background).v:val')
  exe "colors" l:schemes[((a:delta+index(l:schemes, g:colors_name)) % 4 + 4) % 4]

nmap <leader>- :<c-u>call Solarized8Contrast(-v:count1)<cr>
nmap <leader>+ :<c-u>call Solarized8Contrast(+v:count1)<cr>

If you want to tweak the colors yourself, edit src/solarized8.vim, then :source it to recreate the color schemes.

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