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10 Great Notepad++ Colour Schemes

By , 25th June 2013 in Windows

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 we have created over the years for use with Notepad++. If there is any particular colour scheme you would like to see, drop us a line in the comments section below!


Neon Colour Schemes By Azulia Designs
Neon Colour Schemes By Azulia Designs

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

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

Azulia Designs Nautical but Nice Notepad++ Theme
Azulia Designs Nautical but Nice Notepad++ Theme

Download Techmantium_NauticalButNice.xml


Girly Edition

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

Azulia Designs Girly Edition Notepad++ Colour Scheme
Azulia Designs Girly Edition Notepad++ Colour Scheme

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 Theme

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

Notepad++ Visual Studio Theme
Notepad++ Visual Studio Theme

Download from Author's Site


Notepad++ Visual Studio Dark Theme

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

Visual Studio 2012/2013 Dark Theme
Visual Studio 2012/2013 Dark Theme

Download from GitHub


Solarized Light / Dark Themes

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

Solarized Light Notepad Theme
Solarized Light Notepad Theme
Solarized Dark Notepad Theme
Solarized Dark Notepad Theme

Download from GitHub


Waher-style Theme

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

Waher-style Notepad++ Colour Theme
Waher-style Notepad++ Colour Theme

Download from Author's Site


Eclipse color scheme for Notepad++

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

Eclipse color scheme for Notepad++
Eclipse color scheme for Notepad++

Download from Author's Site


Bespin theme for Notepad++

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

Bespin theme for Notepad++
Bespin theme for Notepad++

Download from Author's Site



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

ChrisMar035 Visual Style for Notepad++
ChrisMar035 Visual Style for Notepad++

Download from Author's Site


Arabian Nights

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

Arabian Nights Notepad++ Colour Scheme
Arabian Nights Notepad++ Colour Scheme

Download from GitHub

Further Reading
  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: high contrast noetpad plusplus thiemes.rar

  2. MJ

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

  3. JoeJohnson

    Nice themes! also offers quite many themes for Notepad++

  4. 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:

  7. Samiru

    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 . 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

    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

    Like Solarized!

  11. Sam Radian
    Sam Radian

    Code Expert, the best color scheme for notepadd++,similer to BBEdit clor scheme
    you can download here @

  12. LiquidAurum

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

  13. Matt

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

  14. 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

    @Thomas right-click and save as

  16. Thomas

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

  17. 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

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

  19. Frank


    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!


  20. 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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