How to change Eclipse theme

In this tutorial, we will show you how to change the Eclipse Theme.

Tools used :

  1. Eclipse 4.4 Luna, works on earlier version.
  2. Eclipse Color Theme Plugin
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Figure : This is how your final Eclipse IDE looks like

1. Install Eclipse Color Theme Plugin

Install the theme plugin and restart Eclipse.


Eclipse menu -> Help -> Eclipse Marketplace, search "Eclipse Color Theme Plugin"
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2. Change the Theme

2.1 Go “Windows Preferences”, select the “Dark” theme. This will change everything to “Dark”, but the editor still remains in “white” or classic theme.


Eclipse menu -> Window -> Preference -> General -> Appearance
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P.S This is the Eclipse feature, not the “Eclipse Color Theme Plugin”.

2.2 To change the editor theme, go


Eclipse menu -> Window -> Preference -> General -> Appearance -> Color Theme

P.S This is the feature of “Eclipse Color Theme Plugin”

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In this example, we choose “sublime Text 2”. Done, you just change everything to “Dark”.

3. More Eclipse Themes

3.1 More Eclipse themes are available at http://eclipsecolorthemes.org/

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3.2 Eclipse color theme (XML)
Select the theme you want, download the “XML file” and imports it via the “Eclipse Color Theme Plugin”.

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3.3 Eclipse Preferences (EPF)
If you don’t want to install the “Eclipse Color Theme Plugin”, then download the “EPF file”, and import as a preference.


Eclipse menu -> File -> Import... -> General -> Preferences 
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3.3.1 To uninstall an imported EPF file, restore defaults to both “General Editor” and “Java editor”.


Eclipse menu -> Window -> Preference -> General -> Editors -> "Restore Defaults" 

Eclipse menu -> Window -> Preference -> Java -> Editor -> Syntax Coloring -> "Restore Defaults" 
Note
There are many similar Eclipse theme plugins, do share me your favorites 🙂

References

  1. Eclipse color theme plugin

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Tal Tene
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Tal Tene

Those themes are modifying onky the editors colors. Can I also set those (or others themes) to the exploreres? to the debug windows? etc. ? Thanks

21domerame
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21domerame

He just showed you how to do it.

MattB
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MattB

Same problem. Theme changes are only applied to the code editor. They don’t change Package explorer or search, or overview tab. I cannot read black text on white background. It is too bright. Dark themes are too dark. Is it possible to change all Eclipse window backgrounds to one color?

singhakash
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singhakash

Hi mkyong,
good tutorial need more help

how can I change my Intellij Idea theme?

Mahaboob
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Mahaboob

Great lets add a new look….

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Wow. Thanks. ^^

uniquejava
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uniquejava

great, now i have a feeling working under IDEA Darcular theme…;)

Follows are my additional customization(Hope it helps)

Hide status bar:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5645495/how-to-hide-the-status-bar-in-eclipse

Fullscreen plugin(Alt+F11)
updatesite: http://scharf.gr/eclipse/fullscreen/update/

make eclipse looks more compact under ubuntu:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13684289/can-i-make-eclipse-on-ubuntu-look-more-compact

metalHead
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metalHead

Is anybody know how to change scrollbars color? this grey scrollbars on black theme spoils all. IMHO.
I want to make scrollbars somth like http://i.stack.imgur.com/3heiL.png

I’m using Eclipse Luna(4.4.0) on Windows7 32bit

Thanks in advance

nikhil.kashid1@gmail.com
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nikhil.kashid1@gmail.com

that color theme option is not appearing in my eclipse..plz ne1 help….giving some kind of context.xml error while instaling color and theme

Ryan C
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Ryan C

Eclipse version 4.12.0 it is different. For this version you click Eclipse -> Preferences -> DevStyle -> Change Theme & Look

Sascha Kleiber
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Sascha Kleiber

I’m using Eclipse Neon and if I switch to the Dark Theme, the editors scrollbar is gone (or rather it is still there, but invisible). What the f… is happening there?

Henrique
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Henrique

Thank you very much ! 😉