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Fedora 21 will feature “Solarized” color schemes in both the Terminal and Gedit

Recently, I have been using what will become Fedora 21 as my day-to-day machine, (side note: I have found it to be pretty stable for pre-release software). One really nice improvement that i am enjoying on Fedora 21 is the addition of the solarized color scheme in both the default terminal (gnome-terminal), and the default graphical text editior (gedit). Solarized comes in both light and dark variants, and really makes these applications look fantastic and works really well on a wide range of displays and screen brightness levels. From the solarized website:

Solarized is a sixteen color palette (eight monotones, eight accent colors) designed for use with terminal and gui applications. It has several unique properties. I designed this colorscheme with both precise CIELAB lightness relationships and a refined set of hues based on fixed color wheel relationships.

These color schemes are not enabled by default, but are easily switched to in the preferences for both gnome terminal and gedit.


About Ryan Lerch

Ryan is an Interaction Designer that works on stuff for Fedora. He uses Fedora as his primary desktop, along with the best tools from the Libre Graphics world, notably, Inkscape.


  1. Leslie Satenstein

    Re Solarized schemes. I have a netbook that is fine at 800×600, except that the video driver software can’t handle colors that are close to each other in contrast. I found that what works best for this netbook, is either white on black, or black on white, and with normal or bold output (its in Gnome terminal mode).

    However, if I am in virtual terminal mode (ctl-alt-f2… ctl-alt-f6), vim works A1.

    Was W/B or B/W possible as configurable settings?

    • yes, all the other (exisiting) colour schemes (including white on black and black on white) are still present in gnome-terminal. Solarized is just another optional scheme you can choose from.

  2. Sam Birkhead

    Isn’t this from gnome 3.12 upstream and not specific to fedora?

    • Well neither is any of the GUADEC coverage here Fedora-specific. Does it matter? I’m loving the high-quality content here; that it’s relevant outside of Fedora is great but it’s clearly aimed at Fedora users.

  3. joel

    eso esta muy bien

  4. “These color schemes are not enabled by default, but are easily switched to in the preferences for both gnome terminal and gedit.”

    And what about making them enabled by default? It’s nice that we have them as options, but we should make the default system as good as possible because it’s all about the first impression and these color schemes makes such a big difference.

  5. Kimm0n0

    How do I turn this feature on?

    • You won’t be able to turn this on unless you are using a pre-release version of Fedora 21. If you are, you can turn this on in gnome-terminal by going to Edit > Profile Preferences, choosing the Colors tab, and then setting the colour scheme to Solarized Light or Solarized Dark.

      In gedit, go to preferences from the gedit app menu (the one up next to the activities hot corner), going to the “colors” tab, and then choosing “Solarized Light” or “Solarized Dark” from the list there.