Sunburn — a low-contrast theme for Emacs and iTerm2
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Sunburn Theme for Emacs and iTerm2


This is a low-contrast theme for Emacs and iTerm2. After using Zenburn for several years, I decided I wanted something a bit different, but in the same spirit, so I went looking for colors I liked. I’ve always liked the palette of old Sun workstations and boxes, combining shades of gray and purple.

Turns out, they don’t work very well for text, but they did provide a starting point for exploration. The main palette for this theme looks like this:


In use, it looks like this:



Since I also use iTerm2 quite a bit, I did a port of the theme to it.



For iTerm, simply import the theme from the drop-down in the Preferences → Profiles → Colors pane.

On Emacs, you can install it either from MELPA, or alternatively:

(add-to-list 'custom-theme-load-path "path/where/you/put/the/theme/")
(load-theme 'sunburn)


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

© 2017, Martín Varela (