eclipse... to just get everything done goto window>preferences>general and goto theme menu and change it... then re-start to apply...


in the eclipse version: 2019-09 r (4.13.0) on windows go to window > preferences > appearance select the required theme for dark theme to choose dark and click on ok. enter image description here


enter image description here my theme plugin provide full featured customization for eclipse 4. try it. visit plugin page


the best way to install new themes in any eclipse platform is to use the eclipse marketplace.

1.go to help > eclipse marketplace for "color themes"

3.install and restart

4.go to window > preferences > general > appearance > color themes anyone and apply. restart.


update december 2012 (19 months later):

the blog post "jin mingjian: eclipse darker theme" mentions this github repo "eclipse themes - darker":

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the big fun is that, the codes are minimized by using eclipse4 platform technologies like dependency injection.
it proves that again, the concise codes and advanced features could be achieved by contributing or extending with the external form (like library, framework).
new language is not necessary just for this kind of purpose.

update july 2012 (14 months later):

with the latest eclipse4.2 (june 2012, "juno") release, you can implement what i originally described below: a css-based fully dark theme for eclipse.
see the article by lars vogel in "eclipse 4 is beautiful – create your own eclipse 4 theme":

eclipse fully dark theme

if you want to play with it, you only need to write a plug-in, create a css file and use the org.eclipse.e4.ui.css.swt.theme extension point to point to your file.
if you export your plug-in, place it in the “dropins” folder of your eclipse installation and your styling is available.

original answer: august 2011

with eclipse 3.x, theme is only for the editors, as you can see in the site "eclipse color themes".
anything around that is managed by windows system colors.
that is what you need to change to have any influence on eclipse global colors around editors.

eclipse 4 will provide much advance theme options: see "eclipse 4.0 – so you can theme me part 1" and "eclipse 4.0 rcp: dynamic css theme switching".

dark theme


take a look at rogerdudler/eclipse-ui-themes . in the readme there is a link to a file that you need to extract into your eclipse/dropins folder.

when you have done that go to

window -> preferences -> general -> appearance

and change the theme from gtk (or what ever it is currently) to dark juno (or dark).

that will change the ui to a nice dark theme but to get the complete look and feel you can get the eclipse color theme plugin from the easiest way is to add this update uri to "help -> install new software" and install it from there.

eclipse color themes

this adds a "color theme" menu item under

window -> preferences -> appearance

where you can select from a large range of editor themes. my preferred one to use with pydev is wombat. for java solarized dark

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