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Nil Theme

Nil theme
Nil UI theme for Sublime Text 2

Nil is the dark theme for the overall Nil theme package. Yes, there's a light theme -- scroll down if that's what you want. They're both in the same repository, though they have different names just to be fancy. The color scheme pictured above is Big Duo.

This theme is based on Raik Ilves's Pseudo OSX theme, which is in turn based on [Ian Hill's Soda theme]( theme). Additionally, this theme was inspired by Liam Cain's Refresh theme, which is also a variant of Pseudo OSX. So, it's worth noting that Raik's made a pretty handy base for new themes.I recommend checking out both of them if this doesn't do it for you (and it's rough around the edges, so it may not).

Overlay scrollbars are kindly borrowed from the default theme.

Ayin Theme

Ayin theme
Ayin UI theme for Sublime Text 2

Ayin is the light theme of the Nil theme package. It features a lot of grey and arguably softer colors, though should still remain as pseudo- functional as its dark counterpart. The color scheme pictured above is Tubnil Bright.

Color Schemes

The Nil theme package comes with the two color schemes seen in the both the light and dark screenshots respectively:

  • Tubnil.tmTheme → My personal variation of the Tubster theme for TextMate. This is the original dark color scheme.

  • Tubnil Bright.tmTheme → A variation on the above Tubnil theme for folks who like bright color schemes.

  • Big Duo.tmTheme → Another variation on Tubnil, this time with a slightly lighter background color, arguably less intense colors, and so on. Cast in the name of god and all that.

Both can be found in the root directory of the package, so to use it either, simply point your color_scheme preference to Theme - Nil/Tubnil.tmTheme or one of the other color schemes.


There are a handful of options you can use to customize the appearance of both the Nil and Ayin themes. All options are boolean values and disabled by default. Their keys and descriptions follow:

  • highlight_modified_tabs — If true, will display an orange bar under tabs with modified buffers.
  • sidebar_folders — If true, will display a folder icon beside folders in the sidebar instead of a disclosure triangle. Sidebar folders are off by default.
  • colored_folder_glyphs — If true, will tint either folder icons or disclosure triangles in the sidebar (only the sidebar) purple.
  • disable_colored_group_labels — If true, will disable the colored group labels. Group labels are the things that say "Group 1" and 2 and so on in the sidebar. They're only visible if you have open files shown. Colored group labels are enabled by default.
  • disable_colored_folder_labels — If true, will disable the colored folder labels in the sidebar. This is independent of group label coloring. Colored folder labels are enabled by default.

To set any of these properties, place them and their values in your user preferences file.

HDPI Displays

This theme includes HDPI images for displays that support HDPI on Mac OS X, such as the recent (as of this writing) MacBook Pro with the retina display. Both screenshots above are in HDPI.


In the above screenshots, the font in use is PragmataPro, designed by Fabrizio Schiavi. In previous screenshots, the font in use was Envy Code R, by Damien Guard. The former is an excellent font, but is not free. The latter is also an excellent font and free. Neither font ships with this theme package. My personal preference these days is PragmataPro, but I had no particular font choice in mind for the theme and the important thing is that you use what you like.


Package Control

If you have Package Control installed, you simply need to open the Package Install window and select "Theme - Nil". After that, skip ahead to the "Activating" section of this README.

Installation via Git

You can download or clone the repository into your Sublime Text 2 Packages directory. To do this, simply navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages (or wherever it is on your particular operating system) and run the following command:

git clone git:// 'Theme - Nil'

It's very important you clone the repository into the Theme - Nil directory otherwise the theme won't locate its assets and will take on an eldritch appearance. You don't want Shub-Niggurath crawling out of your screen, so remember, put it in the right directory.

Manually Downloading

If you choose to download an archive of this repo from GitHub, you must rename the extracted folder to Theme - Nil and put it in your Packages directory. That's it -- simple.


In your Settings - User file (hit ⌘, on Mac OS to open it), set the "theme" key to "Nil.sublime-theme" or "Ayin.sublime-theme", like so:

    "theme": "Nil.sublime-theme"


    "theme": "Ayin.sublime-theme"

Assuming you have then installed it correctly, it should show the theme. Due to what I assume is settings from previous themes surviving, you may wish to restart Sublime Text 2 as well, but otherwise you should be good to go.


Minimalist Sublime Text 2 UI dark and light themes and color schemes. Includes HDPI support for retina displays. (Unmaintained)






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