How to change RStudio theme

From version 1.2, RStudio has added support for custom editor themes.

Users can change the background color of the editor as well as color palette for codes inside RStudio.

Customized look and feel can be exported to a tmTheme (TextMate theme format) or rstheme (RStudio theme) file. The tmTheme file format is a widely accepted standard and can be used by other text editors such as Sublime Text and TextMate. The rstheme is an in-house theme preset format, built specifically for RStudio.

Where can I find good RStudio themes?

RStudio doesn't have a dedicated market or directory of themes at the time of this writing. If you want to find RStudio themes, you will have to look for them in the wild internet.

However, there were a few attempt to address the lack of theme market for RStudio.

This online tmTheme editor hosted at Heroku contains a huge selection of pre-built RStudio tmTheme for you to download. It also allows you to customize one of its RStudio themes to better suit your own personal preference.

rstudio theme editor

Users who takes their time to customize things often post their RStudio themes in Github. You can check out a curated list of RStudio themes in Github by mkearney, although it hasn't been updated for about a year.

batpigandme/night-owlish

If nothing catch your eyes, you can always perform a Google search for something like "Rstudio 80s theme" as a last resort before building your own theme.

How to change theme in RStudio

Once you've downloaded or created a theme of your own, open up RStudio.

  1. Open Global Options

    First, you have to open Tools from the menu bar. From the drop-down, select Global Options.

  2. Switch to Appearance section

    In the left panel, select Appearance

  3. Browse for Rstudio theme files

    Click Add button and browse to the location of tmTheme or rstheme file. If the theme needs to be converted using xml2 package, RStudio will prompt you to install it, select Yes in the dialog.

  4. Apply settings

    Once the installation is completed, you will see your theme in the list of installed themes. Select it and click OK to apply changes to RStudio.

RStudio Dark Themes

Here is a list of all Dark Theme for RStudio we collected from https://tmtheme-editor.herokuapp.com/.

  • 1337
  • 3024 (Night)
  • A Touch Of Crayon Easter Egg Edition
  • A Touch Of Crayon
  • Aaren The Subtle
  • Abdal Black Hackers 2
  • Abdal Black Hackers
  • Abyss
  • Agola Dark
  • Agolagreen
  • Agolanimbus
  • All Hallow's Eve
  • Amber
  • Amiga (rebel) Dark
  • Amiga Dark
  • Amy
  • Amycable
  • Anarchist
  • Anatomy Of Grey
  • Ant
  • Antigua
  • AP-Darcula
  • Appealr Color Scheme
  • Apple Ii
  • Apple Pips (dark)
  • Arabian Nights
  • Arstotzka
  • Ascetic Black
  • Ascetic
  • Asphalt
  • Atari St
  • Atom Dark
  • Aurora
  • Autumn
  • Axar
  • Azure
  • Baara Dark
  • Baby, The Code Shines Bright
  • Barcelona (dark)
  • Base16 3024 Dark
  • Base16 Apathy Dark
  • Base16 Ashes Dark
  • Base16 Atelierdune Dark
  • Base16 Atelierforest Dark
  • Base16 Atelierheath Dark
  • Base16 Atelierlakeside Dark
  • Base16 Atelierseaside Dark
  • Base16 Bespin Dark
  • Base16 Brewer Dark
  • Base16 Bright Dark
  • Base16 Chalk Dark
  • Base16 Codeschool Dark
  • Base16 Colors Dark
  • Base16 Default Dark
  • Base16 Eighties Dark
  • Base16 Embers Dark
  • Base16 Emokid Dark
  • Base16 Flat Dark
  • Base16 Google Dark
  • Base16 Grayscale Dark
  • Base16 Greenscreen Dark
  • Base16 Harmonic16 Dark
  • Base16 Isotope Dark
  • Base16 Londontube Dark
  • Base16 Marrakesh Dark
  • Base16 Melon Dark
  • Base16 Mocha Dark
  • Base16 Monokai Dark
  • Base16 Ocean Dark
  • Base16 Paraiso Dark
  • Base16 Pastel Paws
  • Base16 Pop Dark
  • Base16 Railscasts Dark
  • Base16 Shapeshifter Dark
  • Base16 Solarized Dark
  • Base16 Summerfruit Dark
  • Base16 Tomorrow Dark
  • Base16 Twilight Dark
  • Behave
  • Belafonte (Night)
  • Berlin (dark)
  • Bespin
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Black Pearl II
  • Black Pearl
  • Blackboard Black
  • Blackboard
  • Blue Thunder
  • Blue Zen
  • Blue
  • Blueprint
  • Blusted
  • Bold
  • Bone-a-kite
  • Boneyfied
  • Bongzilla
  • Borland
  • Boron
  • Broadcast
  • Brunette
  • Bubububububad
  • Buenos Aires (dark)
  • Calydon Plain
  • Calydon
  • Carbonight Contrast
  • Carbonight
  • Cga
  • Charcoal
  • Cheerfully Dark
  • Chicago (dark)
  • Chocolate
  • Chouku
  • Chromodynamics
  • Chuby Ninja
  • Ciapre
  • Ciapreblack (blue Selection)
  • CiapreBlack
  • Citizen Kane
  • Citrus-Power
  • Close To The Sea
  • Clouds Midnight
  • Coal Graal
  • Cobalt
  • Cobalt2
  • Coderunner
  • Coffee
  • Commodore 64 Dark
  • Commodore 64
  • Copenhagen (dark)
  • Crayon Pony Fish
  • Crisp
  • Cube2Media
  • Dark Room (Contrast)
  • Dark Room (Normal)
  • Dark
  • Darklime
  • DarkNeon
  • DarkPastel
  • Darkside Contrast
  • Darkside
  • Darkula
  • Deep Blue See
  • Desert
  • Devastate
  • Devastatemini
  • Dimmed Base16
  • Dimmed GitLab
  • Dimmed Monokai
  • Dimmed Night
  • Dimmed NoContrast v2
  • Dimmed NoContrast
  • Dimmed Phalcon
  • Dimmed Storm
  • Django (Smoothy)
  • Dobdark
  • Dogs
  • Donatello
  • DownedRainbow
  • Dracula
  • Drive Dark
  • Drive
  • Druid
  • Dusk
  • Duuuuude
  • Earth
  • Earthsong Contrast
  • Earthsong
  • EasyBalls
  • Ega
  • EggplantParm
  • Emacs Strict
  • Emokid Alt
  • Emokid Dark
  • Emokid Midnight
  • Emokid Pastel
  • Emokid
  • Energy
  • Enlightened
  • Entheogen
  • Espresso Libre
  • Express
  • Eye Salvation - Dark
  • Factus 12c
  • Fade to Grey
  • Failcoder
  • fcgrx dark
  • Fengshui
  • Finder Light
  • Finder
  • Firecode
  • Fizzy
  • Flatland
  • Flatron
  • FluoroMachine
  • Focus (dark)
  • Fox Dark
  • Freshcut Contrast
  • Freshcut
  • Friendship Bracelet
  • FrontEndDelight
  • Frontier Contrast
  • Frontier
  • Fullhouse
  • Future Funk (blue Codeception)
  • Future Funk (blue Monday)
  • Future Funk (grey Codeception)
  • Future Funk (grey Tuesday)
  • GDL dark
  • ggDark
  • Ghettocoffeescript
  • Glacier
  • GlitterBomb
  • Gloom Contrast
  • Gloom
  • Glowfish Contrast
  • Glowfish
  • Goldendragon
  • Goldfish Contrast
  • Goldfish
  • Gray Matter Dark
  • Green
  • Grunge Contrast
  • Grunge
  • Gruntilda
  • Gruvbox
  • Halflife Contrast
  • Halflife
  • Hammer
  • Hamster
  • Harly
  • Harper
  • Hero Dark Eighties
  • Hero Dark
  • Heroku
  • Hitoshi
  • Homebrew
  • Hong Kong (dark)
  • Hopscotch
  • HyperSpace
  • Hyrule Contrast
  • Hyrule
  • Iceberg Contrast
  • Iceberg
  • IR_Black
  • Iridis Black
  • Iridis Blue
  • Iridis Dark Blue
  • Iridis Grey
  • Ironman
  • Ironman2suitcase
  • itg.flat.dark
  • Juicy Contrast
  • Juicy
  • Jupiter
  • Keen Contrast
  • Keen
  • Kellys (dark)
  • Kimbie (dark)
  • Kiwi
  • Kochia Hill
  • Kronuz
  • krTheme
  • Larapaste
  • Laravel Contrast
  • Laravel
  • Lavender Contrast
  • Lavender
  • Legacy
  • Lifted
  • LightLook
  • Limelight
  • Lioshi
  • Lodestone
  • Lollypop unicorn
  • London (dark)
  • Lowlight
  • Lucario
  • Lyte Dark
  • Lyte Monokai
  • Lyte Solarized
  • Lyte
  • Made of Code
  • Madrid (dark)
  • Mandarin Peacock
  • Markdowneditor Dark
  • Mars
  • Material Behave
  • Material Brogrammer
  • Material Cobalt
  • Material Dark
  • Material Flatland
  • Material Glacier
  • Material Monokai
  • Material Oceanic Next
  • Material One Dark
  • Material Seti
  • Material Solarized Dark
  • Material Spaceblack Oceanic
  • Material Spaceblack
  • Material Spacegray Eighties
  • Material Spacegray Mocha
  • Material Spacegray
  • Material Stereokai
  • Material Theme Darker
  • Material Theme
  • Material Toy Chest
  • Material Twilight
  • Material Vim Blackboard
  • Material Zenburn
  • Mbo
  • Mellow Contrast
  • Mellow
  • Merbivore Soft
  • Merbivore
  • Mercury
  • Milotic
  • Minimal
  • Mintchoc
  • Minty Night
  • Mirodark High Contrast
  • Mirodark
  • Mirrr
  • Monarch
  • Monocyanide Colorscheme Black
  • Monocyanide Colorscheme Constrasted Light
  • Monocyanide Colorscheme Constrasted Semi
  • Monocyanide Colorscheme Constrasted
  • Monocyanide Colorscheme
  • Monokai Blueberry
  • Monokai Dxl
  • Monokai Extended Bright
  • Monokai Extended Mod
  • Monokai Neue
  • Monokai SD
  • Monokai Spacegray Eighties
  • Monokai Spacegray
  • Monokai
  • Monokaigray
  • Monomacs
  • Monsters Inc
  • Moon
  • Morrowmind
  • Moscow (dark)
  • Mreq Dark
  • Msx Dark
  • Mud Contrast
  • Mud
  • Multilanger Dark
  • Multilanger Dark_inverted
  • Multilanger Deep_purple
  • Multilanger Dull_blue
  • Mustang Obsidian
  • Mustang
  • Mystic
  • Neon
  • Neptune
  • Neutron
  • New Moon
  • New Moon
  • New York (dark)
  • Nightwalker
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Nocturnal
  • NodeJS
  • Oasis
  • Oblivion Soda Dark
  • Oblivion
  • Obsidian
  • Oceanic - Eighties
  • Oceanic Next
  • Oceanic
  • Oceanic_next
  • Once Upon A Time
  • One Dark
  • One Half Dark
  • Orange
  • Orchid Theme
  • Orgmode
  • Otakon
  • Para%c3%adso Black
  • Parai%cc%81so Black
  • Paraíso (Dark)
  • Paris (dark)
  • Pastel Paws Graphene
  • Pastel Paws Nightberry
  • Pastel Paws Spacegray
  • Pastel Paws Vintage
  • Pastel Paws
  • Pastel
  • Pastels on Dark
  • Patriot Contrast
  • Patriot
  • Peacock Contrast
  • Peacock
  • Peacocks In Space
  • Peel
  • Perv Orange Moonlight
  • Perv Orange
  • Phix Dark
  • Piggy
  • PKsTheme
  • PlasticCodeWrap
  • Playroombedtime
  • Playroompastbedtime
  • Pluto
  • Poe
  • PolyKai
  • Popfizz
  • Postap
  • Potpourri Contrast
  • Potpourri
  • Preap Markdown
  • Preap
  • Predawn Gf Markdown
  • Predawn Markdown
  • Predawn Monokai
  • Predawn Twilight
  • Predawn
  • Primer Dark
  • ProcessWire
  • Puiji
  • Pulsar
  • Pumpkin
  • Putty
  • Quiet Night
  • Rails Envy
  • Railsbase16 3024 Dark
  • Railsbase16 Atelierdune Dark
  • Railsbase16 Atelierforest Dark
  • Railsbase16 Atelierheath Dark
  • Railsbase16 Atelierlakeside Dark
  • Railsbase16 Atelierseaside Dark
  • Railsbase16 Chalk Dark
  • Railsbase16 Default Dark
  • Railsbase16 Eighties Dark
  • Railsbase16 Greenscreen Dark
  • Railsbase16 Mocha Dark
  • Railsbase16 Monokai Dark
  • Railsbase16 Ocean Dark
  • Railsbase16 Railscasts Dark
  • Railsbase16 Shapeshifter Dark
  • Railsbase16 Solarized Dark
  • Railsbase16 Tomorrow Dark
  • Railsbase16 Twilight Dark
  • Railscasts Extended
  • RailsCasts
  • Rainbow (dark)
  • Rainbow
  • RDark
  • Red Planet
  • Resesif Boned
  • Resesif
  • Revelation Contrast
  • Revelation
  • Riscos Dark
  • RubyBlue
  • Rubyblue
  • Sa%cc%83o Paulo (dark)
  • Sail
  • Sakura
  • Samuel's Decent
  • Saturation
  • Saturn
  • Seahorse
  • SecureCloud
  • Seoul (dark)
  • Sepiarize Dark
  • Seti
  • Shipwreck
  • Shrek
  • SidewalkChalk
  • SingingStars
  • Skittles
  • Slate
  • SleeplessMind
  • Slime Contrast
  • Slime
  • Snappy Contrast
  • Snappy
  • Solarflare Contrast
  • Solarflare
  • Solarized (dark)
  • Solarized Darcula
  • Solarized Flat
  • Sourlick Contrast
  • Sourlick
  • Spaceblack Alt
  • Spaceblack Monokai
  • Spaceblack
  • SpaceCadet
  • Spectacular
  • Spectral
  • Spirit
  • Splunk
  • Stark Contrast
  • Stark
  • Stereokai
  • Summer Sun
  • Summerfruitdark
  • Sun
  • Sunburst
  • Sunnyvale Theme Dark
  • Super
  • Superman
  • Swyphs II
  • Sydney (dark)
  • Tea
  • Tech 49
  • Teito University
  • Text Ex Machina
  • Today
  • Tokyo (dark)
  • Tomorrow Night Bright
  • Tomorrow-Night
  • Tomorrow-Night-Blue
  • Tomorrow-Night-Bright
  • Tomorrow-Night-Eighties
  • Tonic
  • Toxin
  • Toy Machine
  • Tribal
  • Tron Contrast
  • Tron
  • Tubsted
  • Tubster
  • Tumblr Editor
  • Turbografx
  • Turnip Contrast
  • Turnip
  • Twilight
  • Twilightcyanide Colorscheme Black
  • Twilightcyanide Colorscheme Constrasted Light
  • Twilightcyanide Colorscheme Constrasted Semi
  • Twilightcyanide Colorscheme Constrasted
  • Twilightcyanide Colorscheme
  • Tyrann Alex
  • Tyrann Blue
  • Tyrann
  • Upstream Sunburst
  • Upstream Vibrant
  • Upstream
  • Uranus
  • Venom
  • Venus
  • Vibrant Fin
  • Vibrant Ink
  • Vibrant Tango
  • Visual Studio Dark
  • VS_001
  • Warpos
  • WebExPert
  • White
  • Wild Cherry
  • Wildlife - Night
  • Wombat
  • X3 Alpha
  • Yule
  • Zacks Contrast
  • Zacks
  • Zenburn
  • Zenburnesque
  • Zeus Sublime Text Darker
  • Zeus Sublime Text
  • Zurich (dark)
  • Zx Spectrum

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