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Zenburn for Emacs is a direct port of the popular Zenburn theme for vim, developed originally by Jani Nurminen. It's my personal belief(and that of many of its users I presume) that it's one of the best low contrast themes out there and that Zenburn is exceptionally easy on the eyes.

The project was originally ported to Emacs by Daniel Brockman, but it seems that he has lost interest in it recently. This is the reason why I gathered here all improvements over the last official Zenburn version and started this fork of the project. It's my hope that it will be become a central place for zenburn development.


Zenburn depends on the color-theme package, so you should have it installed. After that just put this in your .emacs(or equivalent):

(require 'zenburn)


Bugs & Improvements

Please, report any problems that you find on the projects integrated issue tracker. If you've added some improvements and you want them included upstream don't hesitate to send me a patch or even better - a GitHub pull request.


  • Ranko Radonić
  • Dr. Mark A. Friedman
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