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What VSCode theme are you using?

matthias profile image Matthias 🤖 Updated on ・1 min read

The IDE and Visual Studio Code in particular is the one tool developers use most.
Since most of us spend many hours a day in Visual Studio code, it's a terrific feature that you can choose your own theme.

At the moment I use Shades of Purple, before that I used Dracula Official for a long time but I want my IDE a bit more colorful 🎨

A great resource for finding your next theme is vscodethemes.com (I'm not related to this website 😉).

vscodethemes.com

What theme are you using?


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Shane Dowling

I never knew how much I needed this in my life! Might as well kick off some synthwave while I'm at it.

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

Currently using Night Owl with the Dank Mono font.

Night Owl with the Dank Mono font

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Matthias 🤖 Author

I like that font. Looks like the Operator Mono but for free!

BTW: You are the first person I see who has the activity bar on the right 😁

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Nick Taylor (he/him) • Edited

Dank Mono isn't free, but I really like the font and it is way more affordable than Operator Mono.

I do things like moving toolbars to keep my brain sharp. Same with my mouse. I'm right handed, but use the mouse with my left hand. I started doing stuff like this in high school as I was big into basketball and was doing anything to get better with my left hand. Because of that, I still brush my teeth with my left hand. 🙃

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Dank Mono isn't free, but I really like the font and it is way more affordable than Operator Mono.

Ah okay, I only had a quick look at their website.

I'm right handed, but use the mouse with my left hand.

Just tried that. Wow, thats a hard one!

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Sergey Kislyakov 🇷🇺 🇺🇸

I'm right handed, but use the mouse with my left hand

I'm left handed and the only thing I do with my right hand is moving the mouse. 😁

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Is it hard for you to use your right hand for moving the mouse?
Are there special mice for left handers?

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

I use a track pad at and at work, I have a magic mouse, both which work the same whichever hand you use.

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Antonio Radovcic

Verdandi

With project-specific title-bar-color.

Loving the black & white syntax. Wouldn't go back to colored anymore.

The font is CamingoCode

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zoltan

That's my favourite theme as well! I don't use VSCode anymore, but your post just reminded me that I miss this theme :) Time for me to attempt port it to vim sometime I guess. Was playing around with monochrome themes in there but none of them clicks the same way for me as Verdandi did.

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Matthias 🤖 Author

With project-specific title-bar-color.

Sounds like good idea! I will add that to my workspaces too! Thank you 🙏

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Just tried the colorized title-bar thing. If find it pretty handy, do you know if it is possible to increase the title bar height?

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Antonio Radovcic

Highly doubt it. It's not part of the web-app, but of the native OS-windowing Electron uses.
What I tried was to shrink the side-tool-bar, but also to no success.

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Such a shame. For now I solved it by increasing the zoom level and shrinking the font size:

"window.zoomLevel": 0.3,
"editor.fontSize": 16
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Antonio Radovcic

I need to look up if it's somehow possible to have a user-stylesheet which just overrides things. It's a website after all.

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Florimond Manca • Edited

I’ve been using Palenight for some time now. It’s a dark theme with a smooth and soothing feel, I really enjoy it!

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Mattia Astorino

Palenight is just an unofficial porting of the Material Theme palenight variant

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Looks very calm ❤️

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J3ffJessie

Was using Material a Theme, but recently switched to Synthwave ‘84. Amazing theme. Need to work out the glow but I’ll get there eventually.

marketplace.visualstudio.com/items...

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Is the glow effect more cpu intense?

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J3ffJessie

Probably, it uses another package to handle the glow. It has the instructions in the docs but I haven’t messed with it. It will probably take more cpu but not 100% sure.

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Robb Owen

Hey! Thanks for suggesting Synthwave '84!

The glow effect is handled by loading an external CSS file, but despite the neon looks, it's all done with CSS text-shadow so the CPU performance impact is minimal

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J3ffJessie

Nice. I hadn’t played with it for the glow yet. Hoping to have time this weekend to mess with it. Hopefully it’s fairly simple.

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Priyanka Kore

I was using Night Owl for a very long time. It's just so easy on the eyes. But I was craving a bit of change. I tried a bunch of themes, but none of them were as easy on eyes as Night Owl. But then I found Noctis .. Noctis Uva is my favorite from the Noctis family.

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Matthias 🤖 Author

I think I will try the Noctis theme and its variations too.

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Michael Jolley

Used Dracula for a long time but recently been using Panda.

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Ryan Smith

I created a theme to my liking - Kaia Theme. It was inspired by Monokai but I tried to make things easier to read and identify.

Kaia Theme

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Akshay Kadam (A2K)

This looks rad & is really easy on eyes. Good job Ryan.

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Nice work 👍

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Phil

marketplace.visualstudio.com/items...

"One Dark Pro Vivid" and these Fonts "'Menlo for Powerline', Monaco, 'Courier New', monospace".
After installing the theme you have to set the "Vivid" theme separately. I really like the brighter colors.

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Matthias 🤖 Author

"One Dark Pro" looks familiar - is that the Atom default theme?

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Phil

Yep. This is based on atom default theme.

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Quintus Cardozo

Was using Material Theme for the longest time. Just switched to Horizon today and I'm loving it so far

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Oliver Tso

I've been using Horizon for a while, loving it too.

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Prashant Chaudhari

I use Monokai Pro from the original creator of Monokai Theme. It is free for some period but after the trial there will be annoying popups. I really loved it so i bought the license.

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Matthias 🤖 Author • Edited

I did not know that there are extensions for VSCode that are not free.

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Prashant Chaudhari

So far i only know this one...

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Stephen E. Chiang

Theme: Night Owl
Font: Dank Mono
Matching HyperJS Night Owl Theme
Custom Powershell / GitPosh Settings

Although I sometimes still switch back to Material Ocean or Noctis Obscuro

Dark for indoors

Dark Theme

Light for under the sun

Light theme

HyperJS

HyperJS

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Good idea to have an option for working under the sun!

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Does the Dank Mono font support different font weights?

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Stephen E. Chiang

Not exactly sure, but on Noctis, the import is bold so I think so.

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Mike Bell • Edited

If anyone is looking for something new, I recently created a theme as a little side project. It's called Supernova, any and all feedback is welcome!

Supernova Theme

Supernova theme

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Adam Romig 🇵🇭

Ooh, that looks nice! I’m going to give your theme a try.

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Stavros Kefaleas • Edited

I am using Dainty - Night Owl but I have a problem.
It overrides some of my Operator Mono Lig fonts.
Any ideas?

Here's what I mean :

i.ibb.co/vzZRS89/Screenshot-2019-0...

i.ibb.co/NFhK4H8/Screenshot-2019-0...

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Matthias 🤖 Author

To be honest, I don't know what you mean?
How should it look like? I don't use ligatures.

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Stavros Kefaleas

The first image is a compatible theme and the second image is Dainty - Night Owl.

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Orkhan Farmanli • Edited

Horizon theme with Operator Mono Fonts (Ligature version)

Vscode Horizon theme

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Matthias 🤖 Author

I really like the Operator Mono font, but it is very expensive.

nickytonline recommended Dank Mono which looks very similar but is cheaper.

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Orkhan Farmanli

I just discovered from a comment on this post and switched to Victor Mono font. It's sharp and stylish, gotta give it a try.

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Mike S

New Moon

It's really excellent. Also with Fira Code.

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yevgalis

I finally found someone who uses New Moon theme!) I've been using it since Brackets. The most balanced theme in my opinion

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Mike S

I love it! My only complaint is that there's a whole lot of yellow and orange in a lot of my JS, and I typically prefer slightly cooler colors to be more common.

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Do you use ligatures?

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Mike S • Edited

Yep! That's the main selling point of Fira Code :)

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Spacie

I've been using and loving Ayu ever since I found it! I personally switch between the two dark variants pretty often, can't pick a favorite....

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Munaib Hussain • Edited

marketplace.visualstudio.com/items... . Because I thought it was funny and I was told I wouldn't last a day using it. Once I'm through with the mistake, I'll go back to my trusty Material Theme (marketplace.visualstudio.com/items...)

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Wow! The Hot Dog Stand theme is really extraordinary 😂

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laduran

I just barfed in my mouth a little

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Munaib Hussain

It truly is a thing of nightmares!

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TengZ • Edited

I'm using my own VS Theme as well: marketplace.visualstudio.com/items...
Give it a try, you'll definitely fall in love with it!!!

Screenshot

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Nice work 👍

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Alexey Kunitsky

VSCode Dark+ theme screenshot

I was a big fan of One Dark Theme and it's variations. But after Visual Studio 2019 release I looked in a new way at Dark+ and gave it a chance.

And now it's my favorite theme. I'm using it in VS2019, VSCode, PHPStorm and have same visual experience :)

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Peyton McGinnis • Edited

Horizon. I absolutely love the color combinations and I even configured Hyper to be the exact same. :D

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Ɩʍrʌɴ ʜossʌıɴ

I use my personalized theme

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Did you published it?

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Thanks for sharing 👍

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Kleber Lopes da Silva • Edited

I'm a fan of smooth and dimmed themes and I love those ones from base16 . So I did one myself too and use it since :)

preview

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Nice work 👌

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Adam Romig 🇵🇭

I'm currently using Dark++ Italic with the Victor Mono (Medium) font. Previously was using other dark themes like Panda Syntax and Monokai Vibrant. And my Code theme will probably change again - people make such great themes that I can't just stay with one.

VSCode Screenshot

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Matthias 🤖 Author

You‘re right! There are plenty of lovely crafted themes in the wild! Big thanks to all of you who design and create themes ❤️

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Alex Lab

Shameless plug, I use my own theme: "Save-Eyes-Light": marketplace.visualstudio.com/items...

I wrote an article about it if you're interested :) dev.to/brainlulz/vscode-frustratio...

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Thanks for sharing!

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Ken Simeon

Theme: Hybrid
Fonts: Input Mono or Source Code Pro for Powerline

I use this same combination for iTerm, Vim

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Ken Simeon

For a muted look I use Nord

Nord Screenshot

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Shanise Barona • Edited

Currently using Dracula. I really want to find a dark theme with purple-y, blue-y font to use. Can't seem to find one I love though.

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Matthias 🤖 Author • Edited

I was looking for the same, right now I stick with Shades of Purple. Maybe you'll like that too.

If you find a suiting one for you - please tell me 🤗

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Shanise Barona

I've seen that one, yeah, a bit too bright for me :)

Some nice ones I've seen is Palenight and Night Rider. There've been some good ones mentioned in this discussion!

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George

SynthWave '84 with full glowyness (and accompanying VSCode warnings) enabled!

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Thats pretty cool! Even more colorful than my current theme!

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Julián Duque • Edited

I always used Dracula, but recently changed it to 1984!

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Matthias 🤖 Author

1984 looks very promising to me! Installed it ✅

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Tolga AVCI • Edited

Noctis - Viola theme is great...

Viola theme

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Matthias 🤖 Author

I like that too.

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Christopher Kade

My own (sorry for the shameless plug but I honestly enjoy it 😄)

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Your theme looks really nice! Is it complicated to create one?

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Christopher Kade

It's not complicated at all, it just requires some patience. 😄

Check out this awesome article on CSS tricks: css-tricks.com/creating-a-vs-code-...

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Thank you for sharing that! Bookmarked ✅

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Are you doing all your coding work in Vim?

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Nephilim

I am using slick and clean meterial design theme!
github.com/equinusocio/vsc-materia...

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Caye

I'm using Dracula with the font Source Code Pro ♥️

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Matthias 🤖 Author

My previous setup 💜

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Bjoern Sellnau

I use city lights with the font Fira Code

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Fabio Morbec • Edited

I am using VScode Dark Fusion + Victor Mono font (free, rubjo.github.io/victor-mono/)

For some reason the screenshot wasn't attached 😕

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Here you go 😉

https://thepracticaldev.s3.amazonaws.com/i/7rdpptscssks5qiewrd7.png

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Mike Ru • Edited

I'm using Monokai Pro. Font family is Couriew New. Font size is 18. It's nice for me.
thepracticaldev.s3.amazonaws.com/i...

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Tim Smith

I tend to go back and forth between palenight and nord.

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Fredrik Siesing

Using Dracula with the Hasklig font and ligatures. I do sometimes cheat on Dracula with Night Owl 😉

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Matthias 🤖 Author

Did you create the theme by your own?

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Mattia Astorino

Moxer Theme and Material Design

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Matthias 🤖 Author

That looks pretty dark to me 😅
I cannot really read the text in the explorer, is that on purpose?

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Damian Bero

I've recently been using panda.siamak.work/ It's full of happy colors that I like to see during spring and summer months

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Matthias 🤖 Author

I will bookmark that for later. It has some colors but is not as extreme as mine.

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Saurabh Daware 🌻

Material Ocean High Contrast

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Avalander

I've recently switched to Dracula from default dark.

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Matthias 🤖 Author

I used Dracula before! Still using it in iTerm2 💜

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Álvaro Camacho

I've recently been using seti-monokai because it have a high contrast Seti-Monokai