This is the The Official Zenburn Page
Zenburn is a low-contrast color scheme for Vim. It’s easy for your eyes and designed to keep you in the zone for long programming sessions.
Screenshot of Zenburn in normal contrast mode:
What’s the purpose of this page?
The Wikipedia page for Zenburn is officially deleted, therefore this page attempts to replace the wiki page as a nexus for Zenburn-related information. Unfortunately, unlike a wiki this page is not editable by everyone.
A page is easier to upkeep than a post, plus editing a page doesn’t mess up the RSS feeds (unlike editing a post which was posted a long time ago in the past). That’s why there is now this brand spanking new Official Page.
Latest version and background information
- Old skool official page
- History of Zenburn
- One day Zenburn was in Slashdot’s comments (and the server nearly melted)
- Page at vim.sf.net
- Zenburn at Github
To use Zenburn in GVim, simply copy the file to colors/ subdirectory under your Vim configuration folder (e.g. ~/.vim/colors or C:\vim\colors).
To use Zenburn in Vim, you must enable the 256-color mode for Vim. This can be done with e.g.
export TERM=xterm-256color. You might also need to add
set t_Co=256 into your .vimrc file, before loading the colorscheme. Note, that due to limitations of the 256-color mode the color scheme is not exactly like it appears in GVim, but very close nevertheless.
Have a look at Darmawan’s page for further information and screenshots.
List of known ports and derivatives
- Zenburn for KDE konsole by Christoffer Sawicki. See also below for Konsole 2.0.
- Daniel Brockman had
a page with many adaptations(Link dead). Daniel’s Emacs version still exists at Github.
- Zenburn scheme ported to Visual Studio 2005 by Jeff Atwood
- Jakub Piotr C?apa Zenburnt his entire desktop!
- Zenburn ported to Notepad++ by Dominykas Dja?enka.
- SubEthaEdit Zenburn by Henrik Bergius.
- “Dark Zenburn Global Style” for Stylish browser plugin.
- Zenburn for KDevelop/Kate by Lukasz “Lookanio” Purgal.
- Zenburn for KDE3 by Kevin Geiss.
- Putty colors by Steve T.
- Marc Kerbiquet uses Zenburn in his Code Browser software.
- Andrew Janke did a Zenburn-configuration file for Gnome Terminal. See also his comment below.
- Jonathan Bonomo made a color scheme for sterjm (project page). You can download the file here.
- Hisham made a Typo/CSS Zenburn theme.
- Juhapekka Tolvanen made a Zenburn config for ctheme.
- Zenburn for Konsole redux by Craig. It’s for Konsole 2.0 (KDE4). Apologies to Craig since I had somehow overlooked his link from the old page.
- Zenburn Blogger template with syntax highlighting for code examples, by Elijahr.
- “Zenburn-like color scheme with terminus/proggyclean fonts for terminals and emacs.” Cheers to Nick C for pointing it out.
- Windows cmd.exe port (also for Powershell) by Twinside.
- Adrian C has a whole bunch of Zenburn things, including a Zenburn theme for the Awesome WM – have a look at the simply excellent screenshots! You can read Adrian’s journal entry too.
- Abchernin sent information about how to set up for EasyEclipse for Python 1.3.1.
- Gianfranco did Zenburn for SciTE v1.78.
- Gimp palette by an anonymous contributor. It was cool to see all the colours in one place.
If you have made a new port, please drop a mail or comment to get it included here.
Thank you for enjoying “Just some alien fruit salad to keep you in the zone”!