The Solarized colour theme, ported to Emacs.
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Solarized for Emacs is an Emacs port of the Solarized theme for vim, developed by Ethan Schoonover.

Solarized for Emacs is tested only under Emacs 24, but should be working under Emacs 23 as well. The theme is implemented in terms of customizations and deftheme and does not require the color-theme-package.


Stand-alone installation

Download solarized.el, solarized-dark-theme.el and solarized-light-theme.el.

Place solarized.el is a folder that's on your Emacs' load-path. Afterward place solarized-dark-theme.el and solarized-light-theme.el in ~/.emacs.d/themes (or some other folder if you prefer so). Add this your .emacs.d:

(add-to-list 'custom-theme-load-path "~/.emacs.d/themes")

Now you can load the theme with the interactive function load-theme.

MELPA & Marmalade

Solarized for Emacs is available for installation via the MELPA and Marmalade package.el repositories. Assuming you've set one of the them up (I recommend MELPA) you can install solarized like this:

M-x package-install solarized-theme

Afterwards - business as usual, just load one of the theme variants with M-x load-theme.


If you don't like low-contrast modeline or fringe, you can customize them either by doing M-x customize-group solarized or setting the values using elisp code:

;; make the fringe stand out from the background
(setq solarized-distinct-fringe-background t)

;; make the modeline high contrast
(setq solarized-high-contrast-mode-line t)

Note that these need to be set before load-theme is invoked for Solarized.

Bugs & Improvements

Please, report any problems that you find on the projects integrated issue tracker. If you've added some improvements and you want them included upstream don't hesitate to send me a patch or even better - a GitHub pull request.


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