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test_files Improve install instructions Jan 30, 2017

Eziam Theme

Eziam is a theme for Emacs, which tries to combine the simplicity of Tao with the org-mode goodness of Leuven. Unlike Tao, keeps some very minimal color indications, while remaining mainly grayscale and trying to avoid the “angry fruit salad” syndrome. Unlike Leuven, it remains mostly grayscale, with no color for syntax, and easily allows multiple variants. Eziam is really new: ideas, suggestions and bug reports are very welcome, either by creating an issue here or through e-mail at <thibault AT>. Thanks!



Org mode, light theme

Org mode, light theme, headers scaling activated

Org mode, dark theme

Code, light theme

Code, dark theme

  • Rainbow delimiters:


Eziam is available in the Melpa and Melpa Stable repositories. If you’ve already configured at least one of them, all you need to do is either:

  • With bare package.el,
    M-x package-install RET eziam-theme RET
  • Or, with use-package:
    (use-package eziam-theme)

Both the Melpa and Melpa stable versions are actually stable and fit for daily use; experimental features are tested on separate branches.

(See here if you don’t know how to use Melpa in Emacs)


Eziam can be customized. M-x customize-group RET eziam-theme RET.


Eziam is essentially a mix of two remarkable themes, Peter Kosov’s Tao and Fabrice Niessen’s Leuven. Although it is technically a fork of the former, it also borrows a lot of ideas from the latter, especially the “generic colors” logic (which may not be original, but as an Emacs Lisp beginner, that’s where I found it) and, of course, the great org/markdown outlines.

The name “Eziam” is an extraordinarily bad pun, which I feel like I probably shouldn’t explain. If you don’t get it, you’re probably OK.

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