Monokai Theme for IntelliJ IDEA
When I first saw some Sublime Text screenshots I was impressed with the Monokai theme. I’ve searched for a similar color scheme for IntelliJ IDEA and I’ve found multiple. However, they didn’t look well compared to Sublime Text. Considering the amount of time software developers spend looking at their editor, I invested a lot of time to assemble a perfect theme for me.
I’ve been using a dark theme since JetBrains released Darcula. Not because it’s cool (though it is!) or because it’s supposed to be better for the eyes. It’s because I can process different colors and their meaning much faster. Use a dark theme for a week and switch back to understand what I mean.
My main goal was to highlight fundamental pieces of code without making it too distracting. After using and adjusting it for several months, it’s time to finally publish it.
- Download my Eclectide Monokai color scheme:
- File → Import Settings → Select the jar file
- Restart IntelliJ
- If the color scheme isn’t applied automatically, go to File → Settings → Editor → Color & Fonts and select the right scheme
Alternatively, you can download the settings as XML from GitHub and put it in your
The color scheme supports many languages (no Ruby or Objective-C) and should work in all JetBrains products (IntelliJ IDEA, PhpStorm, WebStorm, PyCharm, …). There is no extra plugin needed. You can easily adjust the theme for any language support in the settings (see point 4.).