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Twenty amazing Notepad++ colour schemes and visual styles. Notepad++ is by far the best code editor I've used and the ability to change the editor colour scheme is a very nice feature allowing different colours based on time of day or programming language.

To use any of these Notepad++ colour schemes, download the XML file and move it to your Notepad++ themes folder (typically C:\Program Files\Notepad++\Themes or C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\Themes). Restart Notepad++ if it is running, then from the settings menu select style configuration. You can select themes from the drop down list.

Notepad++ colour schemes By Tim Trott

Here are a few colour schemes that I have created over the years for use with Notepad++. If there is any particular colour scheme you would like to see, drop me a line in the comments section below!

Neon

Neon Colour Schemes By Techmantium

Neon Colour Schemes By Techmantium

If you want a dark, high contrast and bright colour scheme, look no further than our Neon theme. You can't get much more Neon than this!

Techmantium_Neon.xml (88.4 kB)

Nautical but Nice

Techmantium Nautical but Nice Notepad++ Theme

Techmantium Nautical but Nice Notepad++ Theme

A dark blue pastel Notepad++ colour scheme based on colours of the sea using large fonts to create an eye-pleasing theme.

Techmantium_NauticalButNice.xml (88.4 kB)

Girly Edition

Techmantium Girly Edition Notepad++ Colour Scheme

Techmantium Girly Edition Notepad++ Colour Scheme

A high contrast Notepad++ theme using white, blues and pinks which makes a surprisingly easy to ready dark theme.

Techmantium_Girly.xml (88.4 kB)

Notepad++ colour schemes from the Internet

And here is a list of great Notepad++ colour schemes from elsewhere on the internet.

Notepad ICLS

Notepad++ ICLS Theme

Notepad++ ICLS Theme

This theme is based on the default layout of Notepad++. Only a select few basic colors are used which are consistent between file types. This is different to most themes which use a unique color for *everything* into one overwhelming rainbow of code. It's easy to comprehend code layout at-a-glance.

Notepad__.icls__2.xml (32.8 kB) Authors Site

Notepad++ Visual Studio 2015 Dark Theme

Visual Studio 2012/2013 Dark Theme

Visual Studio 2012/2013 Dark Theme

A simple theme for notepad++ to match Visual Studio 2012/2013/2015 dark style.

VS2015-Dark.xml (91.7 kB) Authors Site

Solarized Light Themes

Solarized Light  Notepad Theme

Solarized Light Notepad Theme

Solarized is a sixteen colour palette (eight monotones, eight accent colours) designed for use with terminal and GUI applications. Solarized reduces brightness contrast but, unlike many low contrast colour schemes, it retains contrasting hues for syntax highlighting readability.

Solarized-Light.xml (86.9 kB) Authors Site

Solarized Dark Themes

Solarized Dark Notepad Theme

Solarized Dark Notepad Theme

Solarized is a sixteen colour palette (eight monotones, eight accent colours) designed for use with terminal and GUI applications. Solarized reduces brightness contrast but, unlike many low contrast colour schemes, it retains contrasting hues for syntax highlighting readability.

Solarized-Dark.xml (87.5 kB) Authors Site

Waher-style Theme

Waher-style Notepad++ Colour Theme

Waher-style Notepad++ Colour Theme

A comfortable colour scheme with a dark background and eye-friendly colours for working long hours. The styles used are intended for a web developer and cover most common files associated with web development.

Solarized-Dark.xml (87.5 kB) Authors Site

Bespin theme for Notepad++

Bespin theme for Notepad++

Bespin theme for Notepad++

Mozilla introduced an experimental web-based code editor called Bespin which uses a brown coloured theme of which looks nice and is now ported to Notepad++.

Bespin.xml (89.5 kB) Authors Site

Tomorrow Theme

Tomorrow Notepad++ Theme

Tomorrow Notepad++ Theme

A bright theme with pastel colours and sensible syntax highlighting. The download contains about 12 different themes all based on similar shades.

Authors Site

Material Theme (Dark) for Notepad++

Material Theme (Dark) for Notepad++

Material Theme (Dark) for Notepad++

A dark theme based on Material.

Material-Dark.xml (91.7 kB) Authors Site

Dracula

Dracula Notepad++ Theme

Dracula Notepad++ Theme

A dark theme for Notepad++ and 40+ apps

Dracula.xml (43.2 kB) Authors Site

Obsidian PyCs

Bbsidian PyCs Notepad++ Theme

Bbsidian PyCs Notepad++ Theme

Notepad++ color theme [Obsidian PyCs] based on the built-in Obsidian theme and inspired by Adobe Source Code Pro font announcement screenshot.

Obsidian PyCs.xml (88.4 kB) Authors Site

Slush & Poppies

Slush & Poppies Notepad++ Theme

Slush & Poppies Notepad++ Theme

This is a custom port of SublimeText's theme Slush & Poppies for Notepad++

slush_poppies.xml (86.3 kB) Authors Site

Nord Notepad++ Theme

Nord Notepad++ Theme

Nord Notepad++ Theme

An arctic, north-bluish clean and elegant Notepad++ color theme.

nord.xml (35 kB) Authors Site

Disappeared

These Notepad++ themes have disappeared. If anyone has the files I can host here or link to updated sites.

Notepad++ Visual Studio Light Theme

Notepad++ Visual Studio Theme

Notepad++ Visual Studio Theme

A simple theme for notepad++ to match Visual Studio colours. It's not exactly the same as the default but it's fairly close.

Authors Site

Eclipse color scheme for Notepad++

Eclipse color scheme for Notepad++

Eclipse color scheme for Notepad++

A colour scheme which mimics the Eclipse IDE scheme as far as possibly.

Authors Site

ChrisMar035

ChrisMar035 Visual Style for Notepad++

ChrisMar035 Visual Style for Notepad++

Another dark colour scheme from the blog of ChrisMar035 which is clear and easy to read.

Authors Site

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights Notepad++ Colour Scheme

Arabian Nights Notepad++ Colour Scheme

A colourful and black and white color scheme for Notepad++ with clear distinction between elements.

25 thoughts on “20 Great Notepad++ Colour Schemes
  • 10th September 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Tim,

    I'm trying to download xml file from this page but when I do all it does it open up a new tab in my browser showing the actually XML code. how do I download the actual XML and not just view the code?

    Reply
    • Tim Trott
      13th September 2019 at 9:02 am

      You can either right-click the link and select "Save Link As" or when the XML is opened in a tab you can right-click and select "Save As"

      Reply
  • 5th July 2019 at 3:35 pm

    These changes often require admin rights to install, which many users don't have. You might want to suggest to your readers that they can download NP++ from portableapps.com. All of their apps can be "installed" into any directory, such as C:\MyApps. Since config files are also stored in C:\MyApps, those config files can be changed or updated without admin rights. The xml files described in your article can then be installed into the MyApps version of NP++. Obviously, they will need to create new shortcuts that launch the C:\MyApps version of NP++.

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    • 7th August 2019 at 3:06 pm

      Not true. You may place them in %APPDATA%\Notepad++\themes (create location if it doesn't exist.)

      Reply
  • 22nd May 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Hey ya'll I feel like a noob asking but when trying to utilize the Neon theme all the text shows in black and white opposed to the vibrant colors. Any idea how I can fix this?

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  • 24th March 2016 at 12:00 am

    I wrote a notepad++ theme colors randomizer, it takes any theme and can randomize all the colors it works in HSV color space with given brightness darkness and color saturation markers for pastel/candy colors... here is a pack of 700 themes and here is the project page:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/114667999/700 high contrast noetpad plusplus thiemes.rar

    http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/wrote-a-random-notepad-theme-generator.393215/#post-2564857

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  • 29th December 2015 at 12:00 am

    I'd love to use a 'Firefox DeepDark Theme' inspired theme.

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  • erm3nda
    24th April 2015 at 12:00 am

    I know those themes are for the content, but... is there any way to edit the editor icons and layout? It's a little bit ugly.

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  • Chankey Pathak
    23rd April 2015 at 12:00 am

    Cool themes, but I'm unable to use them as I don't have admin rights, any idea how to do it without admin rights?

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  • Ali Çömez
    1st March 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thanks you  :)  my notepad++ Beatifull themes

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  • 24th February 2015 at 12:00 am

    Great list, I use the obsidian one that comes along with the notepad++. You can configure the color and other part of fonts and everything, if you just dig a little inthe preferences section of notepad++.

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  • 2nd January 2015 at 12:00 am

    Like Solarized!

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  • 2nd October 2014 at 12:00 am

    How do you use the github ones? they are not in .xml format. So what do you do?

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  • 16th September 2014 at 12:00 am

    NM. Now I see the links below/left of each image. I thought they were ads!  :) 

    These are great! Thanks for providing.

    Reply
  • 16th September 2014 at 12:00 am

    I tried right click like blah says, but it just lets me save the .jpg, not a .xmls file

    Reply
  • 30th June 2014 at 12:00 am

    @Thomas right-click and save as

    Reply
  • Thomas
    8th May 2014 at 12:00 am

    Hey  :)  I can't download, it just shows the .xml file in the browser. How to fix this?

    Reply
  • 23rd April 2014 at 12:00 am

    @rando Head to your notepad++ installed folder. There you should see a folder named 'themes' [without quotes ofcourse] which has all of your themes. You could open these XML document format files from notepad++ and edit color schemes.
    You are welcome.

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  • 4th April 2014 at 12:00 am

    do you know how we could edit themes ? your article is very useful

    Reply
  • 17th March 2014 at 12:00 am

    OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE ECLIPSE THEME!

    I recently stopped using Eclipse because it has become bloated an aggravating to use. I've been using Notepad++ for years, but not for javascript and so the color scheme was making me insane!

    Your Eclipse theme has restored order and sanity to a universe that was on the verge of going bonkity boo!

    Frank

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  • 26th January 2014 at 12:00 am

    Is there anyway to change the doc switcher background. I have it open along with the document tabs, it stands out being white while the rest of my work space is darker. I like having it open and use it more than the tabs at the top.

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