Change Editor Theme for Code::Blocks (Windows/Linux/Mac)

Change Editor Theme for Code::Blocks (Windows/Linux/Mac)

I am a big fan of dark themes for my code editor. I think that makes my eyes feel more conformable.

There are a lot of pre-defined color themes in this wiki page: Syntax highlighting custom color themes. In this blog, I will show how to use these themes in Code::Block under different platforms (Windows/Linux/Mac).

Download the Download the colour_themes.conf file.

For Windows, make sure Code::Block is closed, and then run cb_share_config.exe. It should be under the folder where you install Code::Block. Load colour_themes.conf on your left and default.conf on your right. Select the themes that you want to import to Code::Block by clicking the check boxes on the left and then select Transfer>>> and Save. I will recommend selecting them all.

Under Linux, just type sudo cb_share_config under terminal to launch cv_share_config.

Under Mac, default.conf is located at:~/Library/Application Support/codeblocks/default.confAnd cb_share_config is under:CodeBlocks.app/Contents/MacOS/cb_share_config.

Hint: The Library folder is by default hidden by the most recent version of Mac OX. You could either use COMMAND+SHIFT+G to navigate to hidden folders or make the folder visible with command chflags nohidden Library. Thanks to the comments from Pawas and Travis.

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Open Code::Block. Go to Settings > Editor > Syntax highlighting. All the themes that you imported will be available under the color theme drop list.

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After changing the theme, you may notice that the insertion bar become hard to see if you use a dark background. But you can modify the color of the insertion bar under: Settings > Editor? > Margins and caret. Change the color of the caret to some brighter colors.

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What?s next?

Looking for setting up code::blocks to being able to compile for x64? Check out this tutorial as well.

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