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Zenburn is a low-contrast color scheme for Vim.

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Make terminal colors more consistent with UI

* swap IncSearch gui fg/bg to match original scheme
* remove some bg color settings (or change to NONE) so they don't have
  to be fixed later
* fix terminal IncSearch to match gui more closely
* introduce terminal MatchParen
* use dark green instead of grey for terminal Search bg
* terminal Todo should be a very light grey, not green
* Underlined should be underlined
* Use color 231 (#ffffff) for WarningMsg instead of the user's color15
  which is more likely to be themed by the terminal
* WildMenu should be underlined
* s/gui/cterm/ for terminal Error settings, and match the gui theme

Signed-off-by: Jani Nurminen <>
latest commit aba620d322
holomorph holomorph authored jnurmine committed
Octocat-spinner-32 colors Make terminal colors more consistent with UI January 21, 2014
Octocat-spinner-32 README First commit June 15, 2011
Octocat-spinner-32 TODO Update TODO file November 19, 2011
Octocat-spinner-32 zb-vimball.txt First commit June 15, 2011

Zenburn is a low-contrast color scheme for Vim. It’s easy for your eyes and
designed to keep you in the zone for long programming sessions.

Zenburn has been ported to many different editors and environments. For more
information and list of derivatives, visit

  - dayglo vomit
  - black, red, blue and green on screaming white background
  - headache
  - watery, squinting eyes
  - the "I wanna run away" feeling

  + alien fruit salad
  + harmonious colors help with concentration
  + improved focus
  + stay longer in the zone
  + more productivity
  + looks good
  + 256-color terminal mode
  + GVim mode
  + customizeable
  + etc.


To use Zenburn in GVim, simply copy the file to colors/ subdirectory under your
Vim configuration folder (e.g. ~/.vim/colors or C:\vim\colors).

To use Zenburn in Vim, you must enable the 256-color mode for Vim. This can be
done with e.g. export TERM=xterm-256color. You might also need to add set
t_Co=256 into your .vimrc file, before loading the colorscheme. Note, that due
to limitations of the 256-color mode the color scheme is not exactly like it
appears in GVim, but very close nevertheless.

To load Zenburn in Vim/GVim:

  :colors zenburn

To automatically load the colors upon startup of Vim, add this to .vimrc:

  colors zenburn




Captain Obvious says: make a symlink from ~/.vim/colors/zenburn.vim which
points to the real zenburn.vim. This way you don't need to copy files around
and making the Vimball is easy!


To make a Vimball, open zb-vimball.txt and then :MkVimball zenburn.vba


  * Creators of "BlackDust", "Camo" and "Desert" themes. I used those to figure out
how the Vim color schemes work in practise.
  * All contributors - see zenburn.vim for a list.
  * All people who made derivatives and ports.
  * All zenburners worldwide!


Thank you for enjoying “Just some alien fruit salad to keep you in the zone”!

slinky at iki dot fi
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