The Best Sublime Text 3 Themes of 2014

Chris Sevilleja
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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!

Table of Contents

    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"
    }
    
    Screenshot 2014-10-15 17.46.51

    Numix

    See Numix on Package Control

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

    Numix with folders:

    numix-folders

    Tech49

    See Tech49 on Package Control

    {
        "theme": "Tech49.sublime-theme"
    }
    
    tech49

    Orchis

    See Orchis on Package Control

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

    Piatto

    See Piatto on Package Control

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

    Watson

    See Watson on Package Control

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

    Coffee

    See Coffee on Package Control

    {
        "theme": "Coffee Dark Roast.sublime-theme"
    }
    
    coffee-dark-roast
    {
        "theme": "Coffee Light Roast.sublime-theme"
    }
    
    coffee-light-roast

    Glacier

    See Glacier on Package Control Website

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

    Moka

    See Moka on Package Control

    {
        "theme": "Moka Dark.sublime-theme"
    }
    
    moka-dark
    {
        "theme": "Moka Light.sublime-theme"
    }
    
    moka-light

    Cyanide

    See Cyanide on Package Control

    {
        "theme": "Cyanide.sublime-theme"
    
        // alternatives
        // Cyanide - Acid
        // Cyanide - Golden
        // Cyanide - Purple
        // Cyanide - Salmon
        // Cyanide - Wood
    }
    
    cyanide

    Freesia

    See Freesia on Package Control

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

    ITG.Flat

    See ITG.Flat on Package Control

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

    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"
    }
    
    asphalt-orange

    Devastate

    See Devastate on Package Control

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

    El Capitan

    See El Capitan on Package Control

    {
        "theme": "itg.flat.dark.sublime-theme"
    }
    
    el-capitan

    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
    {
        "theme": "Spacegray Eighties.sublime-theme"
    }
    
    spacegray-eighties

    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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