A no-color scheme for vim
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dmitrivereshchagin and pbrisbin Add colors to diff
Highlighting in diff files is essential.  This minimal solution uses
vimdiff highlighting groups.  So it will be messy to compare two diffs.
But it's pretty rare case.
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This is very much a work in progress

For a number of weeks, I ran vim with syntax off. It was quite nice, with only two annoyances:

  • Bright white on jet black was a bit off-putting.
  • There were cases when I did miss the lack of color, vimdiff for example.

Therefore, I aimed to find or create a colorscheme to solve these two issues.

The result is very much based on the pencil colorscheme, which is surprising because it's a very colorful colorscheme, but:

  • It uses a very sane approach to defining and setting colors
  • It has nice background and foreground colors
  • In the areas where I do want color, I like how it colors things


Slightly out of date, not super exciting...


  • Use Vundle
  • Add "pbrisbin/vim-colors-off" as a plugin


:colorscheme off

Supports both background=light and background=dark.