The Best Sublime Text 3 Themes of 2014

Sublime Text offers developers so many tools to help with productivity and workflow. It also let’s us develop in style with theme packages.

We’ve gone in depth about why Sublime Text is great in the past including topics on:

Today we’ll be looking at the latest and greatest themes to make our development environment that much cooler. These are the best themes of 2014!

Update: New article! Best Sublime Text 3 Themes of 2015 and 2016

Installing Themes

To install themes, just use package control. So the process would be:

  1. ctrl + shift + p or cmd + shift + p
  2. Search for the package you want
  3. Install it
  4. Set the theme in Preferences -> Settings – User

To set a theme in the Preferences -> Settings – User file, just add a line that looks like:

{
    "theme": "predawn.sublime-theme"
}

We’ll be providing the install name for each theme here. Let’s get started!

Remember that a theme is not the same as a color scheme. While installing many of these themes will bring in new color schemes into Sublime, they will not automatically be applied. They must be set in **Preferences -> Color Scheme**.

Brogrammer

See Brogrammer on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Brogrammer.sublime-theme"
}
 sublime-brogrammer-theme

Numix

See Numix on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Numix.sublime-theme"
}
numix
{
    "theme": "Numix Dark.sublime-theme"
}

Numix with folders:

numix-folders

Tech49

See Tech49 on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Tech49.sublime-theme"
}

Orchis

See Orchis on Package Control

// Orchis Dark
{
    "theme": "Orchis Dark.sublime-theme"
}
// Orchis Light
{
    "theme": "Orchis Light.sublime-theme"
}
// Orchis Dark Legacy
{
    "theme": "Orchis Dark Legacy.sublime-theme"
}
orchis-dark-legacy

Piatto

See Piatto on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Piatto Light 3.sublime-theme"
}
{
    "theme": "Piatto Dark 3.sublime-theme"
}

Watson

See Watson on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Watson.sublime-theme"
}

Coffee

See Coffee on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Coffee Dark Roast.sublime-theme"
}
{
    "theme": "Coffee Light Roast.sublime-theme"
}

Glacier

See Glacier on Package Control Website

{
    "theme": "Glacier.sublime-theme"
}

Moka

See Moka on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Moka Dark.sublime-theme"
}
{
    "theme": "Moka Light.sublime-theme"
}

Cyanide

See Cyanide on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Cyanide.sublime-theme"

    // alternatives
    // Cyanide - Acid
    // Cyanide - Golden
    // Cyanide - Purple
    // Cyanide - Salmon
    // Cyanide - Wood
}

Freesia

See Freesia on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Freesia.sublime-theme"

    // Alternatives
    // Higuchi (light)
    // Kano (medium-grey)
    // Void (very dark)
}
{
    "theme": "Kano.sublime-theme"
}

ITG.Flat

See ITG.Flat on Package Control

{
    "theme": "itg.flat.dark.sublime-theme"
}
itg-flat-dark
{
    "theme": "itg.flat.light.sublime-theme"
}

Asphalt

See Asphalt on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Asphalt.sublime-theme"

    // Alternatives
    // Asphalt-monochrome
    // Asphalt-green
    // Asphalt-blue
    // Asphalt-orange
}
asphalt
{
    "theme": "Asphalt-orange.sublime-theme"
}

Devastate

See Devastate on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Devastate.sublime-theme"
}

El Capitan

See El Capitan on Package Control

{
    "theme": "El Capitan.sublime-theme"
}

Predawn

See Predawn on Package Control Website

{
    "theme": "predawn.sublime-theme"
}
predawn

Augmented Reaction

See Augmented Reaction on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Augmented Reaction.sublime-theme"
}
augmented-reaction

Spacegray

See Spacegray on Package Control

{
    "theme": "Spacegray.sublime-theme"
}
spacegray
{
    "theme": "Spacegray Light.sublime-theme"
}
spacegray-light

Conclusion

Of this entire list, I will probably have to say my favorites are:

  • Brogrammer (by our guest writer, Ken Wheeler)
  • Numix
  • Orchis
  • ITG.Flat
  • Predawn

Each theme can also come with its own color schemes so check those out after you install the packages. They can be found in Preferences -> Color Scheme. Any combination of theme + color scheme can be used so play around with them all to find your perfect combination. Then switch it up every week!

What are your favorite themes, color schemes, or visual tweaks to Sublime Text?

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