Top 5 Text Editor or IDE Color Schemes

Here’s of list of the very best IDE/text editor color/syntax highlighting schemes and some links for them for the most popular editors and IDEs. This list is infallible and any other opinion is blasphemy. (kidding!)

#1 base16
base16-ocean-dark
base16 is less of a color scheme or theme and more of a set of carefully chosen colors for syntax highlighting and themes. The colors can be recombined into various different schemes. You can fand a preview tool showing various color setups for a css file here. My personal favorite is ocean.dark which I use in both sublime and IntelliJ. Last I checked Visual Studio didn’t have an already made color scheme file unfortunately (or at least a decent one), I might make my own sometime soon but IIRC visual studio has a very large set of color properties you need to fill out.

Sublime: grab off package control and install ‘Theme – Spacegray’
IntelliJ: http://color-themes.com/?view=theme&id=563a1a7880b4acf11273ae9b
Main base16 project page is here

#2 Solarized light
solarized-light
Solarized is definitely the most famous color scheme ever created, it even had news articles published about it. The colors for the scheme were very precisely chosen by Ethan Schoonover to reduce eye strain for programmers while maintaining readability. The New York observer even declared it the most important color scheme in history.

Sublime: built in
IntelliJ: here
Visual Studio: If you grab VS color theme editor plugin here, it comes with solarized light and dark schemes and also color theme support for entire visual studio UI.
Solarized project page is here


#3 Solarized dark

solarized-dark
Just like the solarized scheme expect dark. Personally I prefer the light variation when working in the daytime with glare or when I don’t want people reading over my shoulder while I program [my #1 pet peeve] since it reduces readability when the monitor is viewed at an angle. And I prefer the dark variation at night so my eyes aren’t flooded and strained in a wave of monitor LED light. Switching between the two is also helpful for certain types of files that don’t have a lot of color variation like some html files or plain text logs.

Sublime: built in
IntelliJ: here
Visual Studio: If you grab the color theme editor extension here, it comes with solarized light and dark schemes and also color theme support for entire visual studio UI.
Solarized project page is here

#4 Monokai
monokai
Monokai has been the default color scheme for Sublime Text for a while now. It gets the job done and is better than run of the mill default white background with random color highlighting type color schemes.

Sublime: built in
Intellij: here

[I purposely didn’t include a #5 to trigger your OCD hehe]

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