Update 14.01.2017
I’ve updated this theme after some breaking changes in IntelliJ IDEA 15+.

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.

Monokai theme

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.

  1. Download my Eclectide Monokai color scheme:
  2. File → Import Settings → Select the jar file
  3. Restart IntelliJ
  4. 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 config/colors folder.

The color scheme supports many languages (no Ruby or Objective-C) and should work in all JetBrains products (IntelliJ IDEA, PhpStorm, WebStorm, PyCharm, …). You can easily adjust the scheme for any language support in the settings (see point 4.).

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Switching from Eclipse to IntelliJ IDEA was a great decision. Eclipse of course gets things done, but not as fast, not as flawless, not as intelligent as IntelliJ.
And yet, the switching process took me some time. Especially learning new shortcuts was a little bit irritating. Performing basic tasks took me minutes, because I had to look up the correct shortcut each time. It’s possible to use an Eclipse shortcut mapping, but since I wasn’t going to switch back, I’ve decided to learn the default mapping. JetBrains offers a nice overview (PDF) containing most important shortcuts. In order to find the correct row faster, I have added another column with Eclipse shortcuts.

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