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Solarized Gnome Terminal colors, based on

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Solarized Colorscheme for Gnome Terminal

Scripts for setting the Solarized color set with Gnome Terminal. To get nicely colored directory listings, you will also need to set up a [dircolors solarised color theme].


Only the foreground, background and highlight colors are different in the light and dark color sets, as one of the main ideas behind Ethan Schonoovers work is to use the same colors in the palette for both.

See the Solarized homepage for theory behind the colors, screenshots, details and colorscheme versions for Vim, Mutt, popular terminal emulators and other applications.

For the original works of Ethan Schoonover, visit the Solarized repository. The scripts for Gnome Terminal is maintained in Gnome Terminal Colors Solarized repository.

Installation and usage

To be able to uninstall, we highly recommend that you create a new Gnome Terminal profile, using the menus in Gnome Terminal.

You need the dconf command (if you run a recent Gnome version). With Ubuntu, this can be installed by running

$ sudo apt-get install dconf-cli

Then you can run the installation script:

$ ./

And just follow the instructions.


Change to another profile in Gnome Terminal, then remove the Solarized profile by running:

Gnome 3.6 or lower

$ rm -r ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Solarized/

Gnome 3.8 or higher

Be sure to have the dconf-cli package installed and do:

$ dconf reset -f /org/gnome/terminal/legacy/profiles:/PROFILE_ID"

Replace PROFILE_ID by your profile ID (you can get it in your profile configuration in gnome-terminal).



Conflicting background colors in VIM

Use the 16 colors terminal option to get VIM to look like GVIM with solarized colors.

set t_Co=16
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