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Top 10: Best Dark Themes For Visual Studio Code in 2020

I'm sure that there are a lot of developers out there that don't want to get sore eyes from working the whole day with a light-themed IDE. Personally, even the dishes in my home are black, my table is black, my office is dark thanks to a blackout in the Window because you know, too much light is annoying. I love to share how to customize the IDE's with custom themes, for example, I wrote recently how to use a dark theme in NetBeans here.

The default Dark+ Theme In Visual Studio Code is alright, however lacks your personal taste! You may like a mix between some cream or ivory colors while keeping a dark background. That's why the code editor is quite customizable and there are a lot of themes out there that I'd recommend you to test.

In this top, I will share with you 10 of the most beautiful dark themes to install in Visual Studio Code.

10. Github Dark Theme

Github VS Code Theme

The Github theme provides you with the look and feel of the famous code hosting platform for version control and collaboration.

9. Sublime Dark Material Theme

Sublime Material Theme VS Code

Sublime Material is a port to align the style of the theme with the default VSCode chrome that cannot be changed atm.

8. SynthWave '84

Synthwave 84 VSCode Theme

Do you remember that endless summer back in '84? Cruising down the ocean-highway with the top down, the wind in our hair and heads buzzing with neon dreams? No, I don't remember it either, but with this experimental theme, we can go there. This colour scheme is influenced by the music and the cover artwork of modern Synthwave bands like FM-84, Timecop 1983 and The Midnight. By association, that means I've also taken heavy influence from the excellent retro-tinged artwork of James White (check out his work, it's awesome).

7. Palenight Theme

Palenight VSCode Theme

Palenight is an elegant and juicy material-inspired theme for Visual Studio Code. This theme uses minimal contrast across the first three variants, but if you feel like the workbench could use a bit more, there's an experimental mild contrast variant under the name Palenight (Mild Contrast).

6. Monokai Pro

Monokai VS Code Theme

Monokai Pro is a color scheme, customized user interface theme, and complete icon set for Visual Studio Code. It has been designed by the author of the original Monokai colors. Carefully selected shades of colors are the foundation of an uncompromising, non-distractive user interface. The single goal of Monokai Pro is to let you focus on your code. The icons of Monokai Pro have all been created from scratch to ensure they are easily recognizable on small sizes in the side bar. They are designed to help you quickly find the right files in your project.

5. Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple VS Code Theme

A professional theme with hand-picked & bold shades of purple for your VS Code editor and terminal. One of the excellent most downloaded and top-rated VSCode Themes on the marketplace.

4. Dracula

Dracula VS Code Theme

3. Outrun

Outrun VS Code Theme

Outrun is a fully custom theme for VS Code inspired by the colors, style, and culture of the synth-wave music scene. Outrun is available on the Extension Marketplace. Search for Outrun, install, and then set it as your theme! Outrun is a new theme and has not been tested with all languages/editor features. If you come across a weird style or have suggestions for improvements, submit an issue with the information.

2. Night Owl

Night Owl VS Code Theme

Night Owl is a Visual Studio Code theme for the night owls out there. Fine-tuned for those of us who like to code late into the night. Color choices have taken into consideration what is accessible to people with colorblindness and in low-light circumstances. As of 1.0.0, there's a Light Owl Theme too! Color balanced from the Dark version for easy viewing in daylight.

1. One Dark Pro

VS Code One Dark Pro Theme

Atom's iconic One Dark theme, and one of the most installed themes for VS Code! One Dark Pro is based on Atom's default One Dark theme, and is one of the most downloaded themes for VS Code. This document will show you how to install the theme on VS Code, and how to develop and contribute to this project.

If you know and use another awesome dark theme that developers would like, please share it with the community in the comment box.

Senior Software Engineer at Software Medico. Interested in programming since he was 14 years old, Carlos is a self-taught programmer and founder and author of most of the articles at Our Code World.