Sublime Text 2 Theme — Nil

Today I released my Sublime Text 21 theme, Nil. It’s comprised mainly of solid colors and tries to communicate mostly through what I hope is a quick and obvious use of color rather than an attempt to be too flashy. Though it probably is slightly flashy just for being a dark theme. Have a screenshot:

The Nil Theme

Regarding colors, blue is the active buffer/selection, orange is a dirty buffer/selection in tabs and open files, and subdued orange is inactive and dirty in tabs and open files. Aside from that, everything is a shade of grey and keeps my eyes in a state of relative happiness. In particular, the tab colors are intended to communicate state better than something that might be easy to overlook, like a little dot.

Installing The Theme

The theme can currently be downloaded on Github. I’ve submitted it for inclusion in Sublime Package Control, though if and when that happens seems indeterminable right now. Installation is fairly simply, and the README covers it all. However, for the sake of simplicity, or in the event that you don’t want to visit Github, the instructions are as follows:

You can download or clone the repository into your Sublime Text 2 Packages directory. To do this, simply navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages (or wherever it is on your particular operating system) and run the following command:

$ git clone git://github.com/nilium/st2-nil-theme.git 'Theme - Nil'

It’s very important you clone the repository into the Theme - Nil directory otherwise the theme won’t locate its assets and will take on an eldritch appearance. You don’t want Shub-Niggurath crawling out of your screen, so remember, put it in the right directory.

So there you have it. If the theme appeals to you in any way, go right ahead and download it.


The theme itself is a fork of Raik Ilves’s Pseudo OSX theme, which is in turn a fork of Ian Hill’s Soda theme. So, we’ve got a bit of a chain going now. Additionally, I would not have done this at all had I overlooked Liam Cain’s Refresh theme, which is another nice alternative. Basically, if you don’t like the Nil theme, these three are all excellent alternatives. I wouldn’t have done this without the three of them. Check ‘em out.