Syntax highlighting is one of the essential features of any programmer’s IDE. A good colour theme can add a lot of clarity to the code. Vim is my favourite editor. It has pluggable syntax highlighting support. I have my share of favourite vim colorschemes (official term) or themes. I am a C/C++ developer and prefer dark themes. Here’s the alphabetical list of themes I prefer:
Sometimes I modify the themes here and there to tune them. You can download all the colorschemes listed above (with my modifications).
All the themes can be found at Vim Colors.
Readers may point out popular themes like solarized but please consider the list as a personal preference.
You can download a colorscheme file, which is essentially plugin file with .vim extension and copy it into ~/.vim/colors to use it. To use a new theme (e.g. neverland-darker), add the following to your ~/.vimrc:
syntax enable "Explicitly add 256 colorscheme support set t_Co=256 colorscheme neverland-darker
What’s more, if you want to generate your own colorscheme you can do so easily at vim.ink.