Wes Bos

Designer, Developer & Entrepreneur making the web an awesome place.

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I love huge text editor colour schemes. I’ve tried dozens of them over the years but always found myself coming back to trusty old cobalt. I liked this theme quite a but but I didn’t love it. So, over the years I’ve tweaked and tuned cobalt into a theme that I am very happy with. Its easy on the eyes, works well across many langages and takes note of those little UI elements like the caret, searches and bracket matching.

I have had quite a few friends use my theme and they seem to be sticking with it. So, I’ve decided to release it to the masses. To download it, head on over to the github repo. As always, would love to hear any feedback you may have :)

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A Sublime Text theme based on our old blue friend cobalt.

A refined colour scheme that is easy on the eyes and takes small UI elements into account. Includes full sublime theme (sidebar, search, tabs, etc…).

See below for examples.


Installation is easy, just follow these steps:

  1. Open your Sublime Text packages directory PreferencesBrowse Packages

  2. Drop in the Theme - Cobalt2 directory here (Right into /Preferences/)

  3. Lastly, open PreferencesSettings - User. Add the following two lines:
"color_scheme": "Packages/Theme - Cobalt2/cobalt2.tmTheme",
"theme": "Cobalt2.sublime-theme",

If these are the last two lines of your settings file, make sure to omit the trailing ,


Indents, searches, current line and folding

Tabs, spaces and comments







Kyle Knight for pushing cobolt2 past the code screen and styling the entire editor.

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10 Responses to cobalt2: a theme for Sublime Text 2

  1. Thanks.

    I love using Cobalt especially with a Monaco 16pt. font.

  2. Very, very nice. Thanks for releasing it. Looking forward to your book.

  3. Francesco says:

    Just installed it, i have to say that it’s “relaxing”, thanks for sharing :D

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  5. Chad says:

    just installed your color scheme and I must say..I was pulling my hair out trying to find a color scheme that I would like. but yours is wonderful and brilliant. Thanks for this so much! My eyes thank you too!

  6. Jay says:

    Really nice theme, however my sidebar always stays light grey no matter which theme I use. Anyone have any ideas?
    thanks again!

    • wesbos says:

      Make sure you put both of the lines in your settings file:

      "color_scheme": "Packages/Theme - Cobalt2/cobalt2.tmTheme",
      "theme": "Cobalt2.sublime-theme",

      The first one colours your code, the second line colours the editor chrome (things like the sidebar)

  7. leo says:

    amazing theme! gonna be my default theme :)

  8. oluc says:

    Very good theme, adopted!
    Thank you!

  9. wilson sy says:

    how do i download this theme?

    i am confused with this step: Drop in the Theme – Cobalt2 directory here (Right into /Preferences/)
    where can i get the theme-cobalt2 directory?
    The other site (github) says download the ‘repo’. what is it?


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