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Cobalt2 Theme for VS Code

Install on VS Code Marketplace



  1. Open Extensions sidebar panel in VS Code. View → Extensions
  2. Search for Cobalt2 - find the one by Wes Bos - there are a few other half-baked ones so make sure you have the right one!
  3. Click Install to install it.
  4. Code > Preferences > Color Theme > Cobalt2
  5. Optional: Use the recommended settings below for best experience

Recommended Settings

  // This is all that matters
  "workbench.colorTheme": "Cobalt2",
  // The Cursive font is operator Mono, it's $200 and you need to buy it to get the cursive. Dank Mono or Victor Mono are good alternatives
  "editor.fontFamily": "Operator Mono, Menlo, Monaco, 'Courier New', monospace",
  "editor.fontSize": 17,
  "editor.lineHeight": 25,
  "editor.letterSpacing": 0.5,
  "files.trimTrailingWhitespace": true,
  "editor.fontWeight": "400",
  "prettier.eslintIntegration": true,
  "editor.cursorStyle": "line",
  "editor.cursorWidth": 5,
  "editor.cursorBlinking": "solid",
  "editor.renderWhitespace": "all",


Blue: #193549 Blue Highlight: #1F4662 Blue Highlight2: #234E6D Blue Dark: #122738 Yellow: #ffc600 Hot Pink: #ff0088 Blush Pink: #ff628c Orange: #ff9d00 Green


To work on the theme:

  1. Clone this repo and open in VS Code
  2. Open run View → Run
  3. Click Launch Extension. This will open up another VS Code Editor
  4. Make changes to cobalt2.json. You will see changes reflected in the other editor that opened in step 3.

If you are making a Pull Request, Please give me a screenshot of before/after!

Deploying a new version

These are mostly notes for me.

  1. Increment the version number in package.json with npm version major|minor|patch
  2. run npm run bundle
  3. run npm run publish

I don't like something

You don't need to fork it!

First, this theme is new so if something is funky, please open an issue. There are many languages and parts of VS Code I don't use, so let me know!

These are the things we have control over. If you would like to change something, you can either open a PR and see if I'd like it added, or override the colours in your own settings.json file.

Put Cobalt2 in other places!


Thanks to Roberto Achar for doing much of the initial porting to VS Code.