GtkSourceView style schemes

This page contains third party styles for GtkSourceView based editors. Note that themes for GtkSourceView 2 are compatible with GtkSourceView 3.

How to install

To install a style just place its XML file into a folder of the style search path.

GtkSourceView 2

A typical search path for GtkSourceView version 2 looks like:

  1. ~/.local/share/gtksourceview-2.0/styles/

  2. /usr/share/gnome/gtksourceview-2.0/styles/

  3. /usr/local/share/gtksourceview-2.0/styles/

  4. /usr/share/gtksourceview-2.0/styles/

If this does not work in your distribution you can find out your style search path with this python script. To run it you need the python bindings for GtkSourceView 2. In Debian-based distributions this is package python-gtksourceview2.

GtkSourceView 3

A typical search path for GtkSourceView version 3 looks like:

  1. ~/.local/share/gtksourceview-3.0/styles/

  2. /usr/share/gnome/gtksourceview-3.0/styles/

  3. /usr/local/share/gtksourceview-3.0/styles/

  4. /usr/share/gtksourceview-3.0/styles/

List of styles

Light styles

Dark styles

Styles emulating other editors

  • Dreamweaver

  • Emacs

  • Emacs Dark

    • A dark theme based on gnu emacs default colors circa redhat 5.2 (dark slate grey / wheat). Screenshot | Download (see also this .gtkrc-2.0 file if you want a larger cursor)

  • Espresso Libre (

    • An adaptation of the "Espresso Libre" theme from, using various nuances of brown. Screenshot | Download

  • Turbo

    • Blue backgrond, yellow text, white keywords... if you ever used Borland turbo pascal and turbo c you know what I am talking about. Screenshot | Download

  • InkPot

  • VSDark

GHOP Styles

All five of the following themes were created by Will Farrington as a task for Google Highly Open Participation 2007.

  • Cobalt

  • Darkmacs

    • A dark, high-contrast theme based on Alexandre Vassalotti's dark emacs theme. Screenshot | Download

  • IDLE

    • A light, high-contrast theme based on the theme of the same name at (which is in turn based on the scheme used by the Python IDE, IDLE. Screenshot | Download

  • Slush and Poppies

    • A dark, medium-contrast theme based on the theme of the same name at Screenshot | Download

  • Twilight

    • A dark, low-contrast theme based on the theme of the same name at Screenshot | Download

All screenshots of themes as of SVN r15.

GMate styles

This is a selection of styles from the GMate project, which contains dozens of styles based on other editors such as TextMate, Vim or Emacs.




Rather than listing themes on this page, we should try to get a section at similar to this list for Vim. It really helps people a lot if they don't have to browse for different screenshots (which might even vary in quality once people start contributing their own schemes). -- SvenHerzberg

Projects/GtkSourceView/StyleSchemes (last edited 2017-10-15 08:43:50 by SébastienWilmet)