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10 Great Notepad++ Colour Schemes

Customise Notepad++ with these great colour schemes, updated 2017 with extra themes!

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10 Great Notepad++ Colour Schemes

Here is a collection of my top ten favourite 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!

Download Techmantium_Neon.xml

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.

Download Techmantium_NauticalButNice.xml

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.

Download Techmantium_Girly.xml

Notepad++ colour schemes from the Internet

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

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.

Download VS2015-Dark.xml

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.

Download Solarized-Light.xml

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.

Download Solarized-Dark.xml

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.

Download Solarized-Dark.xml

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++.

Download Bespin.xml

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.

Download Material-Dark.xml

Authors Site

Dracula

Dracula Notepad++ Theme
Dracula Notepad++ Theme

A dark theme for Notepad++ and 40+ apps

Download Dracula.xml

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.

Download Obsidian PyCs.xml

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++

Download slush_poppies.xml

Authors Site

Nord Notepad++ Theme

Nord Notepad++ Theme
Nord Notepad++ Theme

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

Download nord.xml

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.

Authors Site

Last updated: 2017-09-10

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Comments
  1. antony stewart
    antony stewart

    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

  2. MJ
    MJ

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

  3. JoeJohnson
    JoeJohnson

    Nice themes!

    http://ThemeBow.com also offers quite many themes for Notepad++

  4. erm3nda
    erm3nda

    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.

  5. Chankey Pathak
    Chankey Pathak

    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?

  6. Bret Kuhns
    Bret Kuhns

    Here's a Notepad++ theme to match Visual Studio's "Dark" theme: https://github.com/SeanCline/Npp-VS2012-Dark

  7. Samiru
    Samiru

    http://timtrott.co.uk/notepad-colour-schemes/

    i think need to update this article soon as possible, cus nearly i found wonderful theme is more similar to BBEdit color schema . it is CodeExpert download from https://smallapp.wordpress.com/codeexpert/ . and its need programing font called Code New Roman(also available there)

  8. Ali mez
    Ali mez

    Thanks you :) my notepad++ Beatifull themes

  9. BlogRon
    BlogRon

    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++.

  10. Collatz
    Collatz

    Like Solarized!

  11. Sam Radian
    Sam Radian

    Code Expert, the best color scheme for notepadd++,similer to BBEdit clor scheme
    you can download here @
    http://smallapp.wordpress.com/codeexpert/

  12. LiquidAurum
    LiquidAurum

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

  13. Matt
    Matt

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

  14. Matt
    Matt

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

    These are great! Thanks for providing.

  15. blah
    blah

    @Thomas right-click and save as

  16. Thomas
    Thomas

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

  17. fando
    fando

    @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.

  18. rando
    rando

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

  19. Frank
    Frank

    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

  20. Pete
    Pete

    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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