Solarized (everywhere!)

The black text on white background always seemed to cause me eye strain. On the other hand, the white-on-black or green-on-black seem too intense (too high-contrast) after a while, and made switching to a browser with its white background (yes, I’ve tried out the “high contrast” extension in chrome, it screws up colors too much for my taste) a jarring experience.

Then I came across Solarized (yes, late to the party, but that’s ok), and now I’ve enabled it across everything I use — which in my case happens to be a a couple of environments — OSX (terminal, emacs) and Linux (terminal(s), emacs). Here’s what I did for each:


Run M-x package-install (you might have to run M-x list-packages to refresh the list), and select solarized-theme. This assumes you have the MELPA package archive configured. If not, add this line:

(setq package-archive (("melpa" . "")))

Once the package is installed, add the following to your .emacs:

(load-theme 'solarized-dark t)

Gnome terminal

Run the following:

wget --no-check-certificate
mv dircolors.ansi-dark .dircolors
git clone
cd gnome-terminal-colors-solarized


Run the following:

git clone
cd guake-colors-solarized


Download this zip file, then from the iTerm Preferences, select “Profiles -> Color -> Load Preset”, and select the theme from the solarized directory in the unzipped contents, then select the imported theme.

That’s it! Have a happy solarized rest-of-your-life !

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