Brighten up Your Day – Add Color to IntelliJ IDEA!

For a long time, IntelliJ IDEA came only in black and white, with developers advocating for customization tirelessly. Today we have exciting news for you: IntelliJ IDEA 2019.1 will become more flexible than ever thanks to Custom Themes!

Now you will have the power to design your own theme from scratch, and even better, we’ve made this incredibly easy to do!

We’ve created a few brand new themes to get you started. Add more color to your IDE right away by downloading one of the following new themes and selecting it as your new Theme in the Appearance settings!

Dark Purple theme


Cyan Light Theme


Gray Theme


We’ve made significant changes in our codebase so that you can tweak the entire IDE appearance, including icon colors, radio buttons, arrows, the color scheme, and everything else you can think of. You can literally change the color of anything!

Each theme is actually a theme plugin that you can download directly from our plugin repository. Or, if you feel up to it, you can create your own theme plugin using the DevKit and modify the IDE appearance via the JSON file. It really is as simple as that.

This major change affects our IntelliJ Platform which means that all IntelliJ-based IDEs will have this new ability in v2019.1. That includes IntelliJ IDEA, PhpStorm, PyCharm, RubyMine, WebStorm, DataGrip, GoLand, CLion, AppCode, and Rider.

Brighter theme? Low-contrast theme? Fun new theme? A theme that just rocks? Develop your own theme for your IDE! Then share it with the community for everyone to enjoy – by uploading it to our plugin repository!

Here are some links that you may find useful:

We hope you’ll enjoy this great new feature in IntelliJ IDEA! Let us know what you think here in the comment section, or on Twitter.

P.S. Join our Early Access Program by downloading the latest available build of the upcoming IntelliJ IDEA 2019.1 and try the new Custom Themes for yourself!

Happy Developing!

About Zlata Kalyuzhnaya

IntelliJ IDEA Marketing Manager at JetBrains. twitter: @ZlataKalyuzhnay ‏
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28 Responses to Brighten up Your Day – Add Color to IntelliJ IDEA!

  1. Darrel Ross says:

    I am trying to install the Dark Purple theme in Beta 3 and I cannot. I can select Default, Darcula, and High Contrast, but no other option, or even the ability to install a new theme . Any pointers?

    • Zlata Kalyuzhnaya says:

      Hi Darrel,
      Each theme is actually a theme plugin. You need to install it at first and after that, you will be able to select it from the Appearance settings.
      Step 1. Go to Settings/Preferences | Plugins and install Dark Purple theme plugin.
      Step 2. Restart the IDE.
      Step 3. Go to Settings/Preferences | Appearance & Behavior and select Dark Purple theme from the drop-down list of the theme options.

  2. TheBestPessimist says:

    Finally i can enjoy the nyan _theme_ and not only the nyan progress bars!


  3. Aardvark says:

    Slowly approaching feature parity with vim, eh? 😉

  4. Farid says:

    Nice, great! I really like it! But why 2 light and 1 dark. More dark themes from Jetbrains!

  5. Nick says:

    Some get started on gruvbox!

  6. James Yeoman says:

    Mojave dark mode support? The white bar at the top is annoying.

    • Zlata Kalyuzhnaya says:

      Hi James, the dark title bars are supported on macOS. Go to Preferences | Appearance & Behavior | Appearance and select the ‘Use dark window headers’ option.

  7. Khanh Tran says:

    Really enjoy the dark purple. Great!

  8. Junaid Atari says:

    Gray Theme is my choice. I loved it!

  9. Mihail says:

    How do I get the light green theme for Webstorm 2019.1 Beta? I wasn’t able to find it.

  10. I created a Solarized Dark and Light theme! Please come help me improve it. It currently only needs a few more touches here and there. (It hasn’t been approved on the plugins repo yet, but that won’t happen until Monday at the earliest).

  11. Nicolas M says:

    Do the new changes allow to change the layout/spacing of elements? I really wish I could make the editor more compact in certain parts.

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