Dark color variant of very plain IntelliJ IDEA color scheme that highlights navigation and errors instead of syntax
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Spartan color scheme

A very plain color scheme for IntelliJ IDEA focusing on highlighting structure and errors. All code is of uniform color, only strings and comments have a distinguishing color. Enhanced navigation and error highlighting.

Spartan color scheme screenshot

For light color scheme, check out Spartan Light in Github.


  • IDE's error highlighting capabilities should be given highest visual priority
  • String contents aren't generally validated so they need extra care
  • Comments should exist for a reason, and therefore catch your eye


Save .icls file in disk. Import it in IntelliJ IDEA:

Preferences -> Color Scheme -> Cog icon -> Import Scheme -> IntelliJ IDEA color scheme (.icls) or settings (.jar)