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Can I create and install a custom theme in the unregistered version of Sublime Merge?


I’ve been enjoying Sublime Merge so far, but I’m hesitating to purchase because I’m not sure if I will be able to customize the theme specifically to my liking. I’ve been trying to add a hand-rolled custom theme, but I haven’t been able to. Is this possible with the unregistered version, or do I have to buy it to apply any theme besides the default light theme?



I’m not sure of any specific details, but I would guess that since being able to use the dark theme requires you to purchase a license as an incentive that all theme related items are locked to the default when you don’t have a license; otherwise you could make your own dark theme and not have to purchase a license to do it.

That said the Sales FAQ includes a section on refunds that says you can claim a refund within 30 days of purchase, so you could conceivably purchase a license to see and get it refunded if you can’t make the theme changes you want.



Ah, I didn’t realize there was a return policy. I don’t think that exists on a lot of software these days. That’s reassuring.

I’ll wait for a bit to see if anyone has a specific response to my question, but if not, I think buying and evaluating the theme capabilities will be a good option knowing that I can return if I’m not satisfied. Thanks!



I have a registered version of SM, and I’d be interested to know if currently is possible to create custom themes. From what I can remember, initially the only themes to choose from were the builtin light and dark themes, so I wonder if now custom themes are possible.



I believe it is possible because I succeded to change the background color of the selected text in Sublime Text. And any other color can be changed in the same way.
But, to get there, I had to pass all the circles of hell :frowning:
In short, the default color theme is a file “Monokai.sublime-color-scheme” inside “Packages/Color Scheme - Default.sublime-package” that is a zip-archive in fact. And you have to modify this sublime-color-scheme file manually (as text) to get the colors you want, while the colors are defined in an anusual way inside of that file.



It is certainly possible to build themes for Sublime Merge (and deathaxe has worked on one). There are even docs on this. However, it is not possible to use a different theme in the unregistered version.

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It’s possible, but requires way more work than I ever expected. The dark UI theme is pretty bad in my opinion, but I honestly didn’t know how much work would go into making a new theme and there really aren’t any posted by others that I know of.

Maybe there could be a forum made for custom 3rd party Merge themes here so we can have a centralized location for them?



As far as I know, @deathaxe seems to be the only person that has worked on a theme for merge so far, but it looks like he never released it or at least I can’t find it on his github profile.