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A pair of Emacs color themes based on Ethan Schoonover's 'solarized' theme
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Another Emacs Solarized Theme pair

This is an alternate Emacs color-theme version of Ethan Schoonover's popular "Solarized" theme pair.



If you have Emacs 24, which includes package.el, you can just install the theme using the packages on or Melpa.

Make sure you have something like the following in your Emacs startup file (~/.emacs.d/init.el, or ~/.emacs):

(add-to-list 'package-archives
             '("marmalade" . ""))

To make that take effect, either evaluate that elisp expression or restart your Emacs.

Then use M-x package-list-packages, select color-theme-sanityinc-solarized from the list by pressing i, then press x to execute the changes. At that point, the package will be installed.


Add the directory containing this README to your Emacs load-path, and require the main file:

(add-to-list 'load-path "/dir/containing/color-theme-sanityinc-solarized")
(require 'color-theme-sanityinc-solarized)


In recent versions of Emacs which have good built-in theme support, you can just use M-x customize-themes to select themes.

In older versions, you'll need to install the venerable color-theme.el package first, and require it explicitly.

Either way, the following command sequences should work in order to activate one or other of the themes:

M-x color-theme-sanityinc-solarized-light
M-x color-theme-sanityinc-solarized-dark

Background info

See the Solarized page for more info.

Thanks to Greg Pfeil for color-theme-solarized, of which these themes are a different formulation, providing a different set of faces and a few different choices. You might want to use his version instead.

Note that, depending on your version of Emacs, the colors in this theme may not be rendered accurately. See, for example, this OS X Emacs bug. A customizable value color-theme-sanityinc-solarized-rgb-is-srgb controls whether or not RGB color literals used by Emacs are treated as sRGB; consider adjusting this value if the rendered colors don't quite match those on the solarized page.

Steve Purcell's blog // @sanityinc on Twitter

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