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Tempus Themes



Project overview

Tempus is a collection of themes for Vim, text editors, and terminal emulators that are compliant at the very least with the WCAG AA accessibility standard for colour contrast (which stands for a minimum contrast ratio of 4.50:1—while some items have a 7.00:1 rating, or else WCAG AAA).

Colour schemes range from subdued and slightly desaturated, to vibrant and highly saturated. Each item in the Tempus collection consists of a 16-colour palette that corresponds to the basic values provided by all modern terminal emulators, namely: black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, white, bright black, bright red, bright green, bright yellow, bright blue, bright magenta, bright cyan, bright white.

Themes come in either a light or a dark variant. This is to ensure colour contrast consistency.

Tempus themes are interoperable nonetheless. They are meant to work as a one-to-one replacement to each other, especially for items within the same contrast ratio boundary. This is due to their inherent colour qualities as well as their shared schema for mapping colours to objects of the code syntax.

IMPORTANT. As this repo also contains screenshots, it is recommended you clone it with the --depth 1 flag (shallow clone). Below is the syntax for cloning over ssh and https respectively:

# Shallow clone this repo (only latest commit)

## With ssh --depth 1

## With https --depth 1

Screenshots (sort A-Z)

Tempus Autumn (WCAG AA)
tempus_autumn sample

Tempus Dawn (WCAG AA)
tempus_dawn sample

Tempus Dusk (WCAG AA)
tempus_dusk sample

Tempus Fugit (WCAG AA)
tempus_fugit sample

Tempus Future (WCAG AAA)
tempus_future sample

Tempus Past (WCAG AA)
tempus_past sample

Tempus Rift (WCAG AA)
tempus_rift sample

Tempus Spring (WCAG AA)
tempus_spring sample

Tempus Summer (WCAG AA)
tempus_summer sample

Tempus Totus (WCAG AAA)
tempus_totus sample

Tempus Warp (WCAG AA)
tempus_warp sample

Tempus Winter (WCAG AA)
tempus_winter sample


How to use this repo

The Tempus project consists of a number of specialised repositories for each of the available ports. The current repo serves as the main hub, providing the overview of the project, and bundling all existing themes together.

Each directory herein contains files specific to the application it references. For example, the urxvt directory includes an .Xresources file for each item in the Tempus collection.

Instructions on how to use these files are documented in the which is included in each directory. Exceptions are the shell-variables, xcolors and yaml directories, which include generic files.

App-specific repositories

Each port of Tempus has its own repo, for your convenience:

External project integrations

  • Oomox: graphical application for generating different color variations of a Numix-based and Materia (ex-Flat-Plat) themes (GTK2, GTK3), Gnome-Colors and Archdroid icon themes.
  • pywal: pywal is a tool that generates a color palette from the dominant colors in an image. It also supports predefined themes and has over 250 themes built-in. You can also create your own theme files to share with others.
  • wpgtk: wpgtk uses pywal as it's colorscheme generator, but builds upon it with a UI and other features, such as the abilty to mix and edit the colorschemes generated and save them with their respective wallpapers, having light and dark themes, hackable and fast GTK+ theme made specifically for wpgtk and custom keywords and values to replace in templates.

NOTE: If you add the Tempus themes to your project, open an issue to include it on this list.


All contributions (e.g. new templates) should be submitted to the Tempus themes generator. See its


GNU General Public License Version 3. See LICENSE.


The Tempus themes project consists of a number of repositories. It is maintained with a set of scripts and utilities, stored in the tempus-themes-utils.

All theme files are created with the Tempus themes generator.


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