Geany IDE: Tango dark colour scheme

Now on GitHub

I’ve decided to host this theme on GitHub, in the hopes that it will be easier for people to contribute, modify, and extend it. Head over to the GitHub page to download and/or fork the theme!

Recent changes

  • Added in batisteo’s python filetype — much appreciated!
  • I’ve updated the scheme slightly, to better support CSS3 functionality, JavaScript highlighting, and more languages. The list of supported languages below has been updated.

Geany is a lightweight IDE for Linux and Windows, and it’s quickly become my favourite, even going so far as to supplant VIM in many of my day-to-day tasks. I’ve started putting together a dark Tango-based theme for the Geany IDE. So far, the coloured filetypes include:

  • C
  • C++
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • PHP
  • SGML
  • Shell scripts

The colours are loosely based on the Dark Geany project.

Get it from GitHub! (Or download the original package, which is probably out of date.)

Geany dark Tango colour scheme screenshot


What about a screenshot? Would be nice to see if it is worth installing :) Thanks!

Barry van Oudtshoorn

I’ll update the post to include a screenshot first thing in the morning, Anonymous. :)

Barry van Oudtshoorn

I’ve updated the post. It now has a screenshot of the colour theme.


I like the GTK theme you are using as well, would you mind letting us know what GTK theme you have and where we can find it?

Thanks Barry,


Barry van Oudtshoorn

Hi Chrelad,

The GTK theme I’m using is c alled “Nodoka Midnight” — you can download it from Gnome Look (although I just installed the package gtk2-engines-nodoka in Ubuntu).

– Barry


Thanks Barry,

Great theme and thanks for letting us know which GTK theme you are using!



What about the most common languages, say C, C++, C#, Java, Python?

Barry van Oudtshoorn

I have a Java set that I use at work — hopefully, I’ll get some of the other languages done soon. :) I tend to do the languages as I need them.


Big fan of this color scheme :)

Really good, i’ve been using it since January, if i am not somehow confused. (Perhaps I am :P)



It seems that the PHP files are missing ?
root@clusterfucker:~/tmp/geany-darkTango# unzip
inflating: filetypes.css
inflating: filetypes.javascript
inflating: filetypes.xml
inflating: filetypes.common

Josue Rodriguez

Hey Barry,

Any chance you can update the colour scheme with the PHP file? i’d really like to get the same colors as in your screenshot.


Barry van Oudtshoorn

Hi Daniel, Josue,

I’ll try and get the PHP file done and uploaded at work today. There are a few tweaks I’ve made to the CSS highlighting which I’ve been meaning to upload for a while, too.


The DOCTYPE is to dark in html, give it a brighter color.

Manuel Cameselle

Great schemes!

The only thing i dislike is the default ‘current_line’ color. I suggest to create ~/.config/geany/filedefs/filetypes.common with the lines:


This will apply to all schemes.

I’ve also done the freebasic scheme based on yours. Email me if you want it.

Barry van Oudtshoorn

Thanks Manuel! I’ve sent you the email you requested, so hopefully I’ll be able to get your changes included soon.


hey barry,
what font are you using in the above screenshot?


Hi Barry, it’s the Droid Sans Mono font. Thanks!

avery guild

Is there any thought to adding fortran 90 and python?


Is anyone else having an issue with the theme not working with .cpp files in Geany 0.19.1?? I have noticed the same issue with the dark theme but both themes work correctly with .java files its strange.


How do you activate this theme in geany once downloaded? I saved it in ~/.config/geany/filedefs but nothing happens.


Hey, nice theme, but can you change the color of the highlighted row ? It’s really hard to look at. It’s so bright white on top of this dark theme. Awaytng your response :)


This is great … python please. :)

Barry van Oudtshoorn

Hi Jeff,

Unfortunately, my primary development environment is now Komodo, but I’ll see if I get a chance to look into this.

Barry van Oudtshoorn

@nate: Have you tried restarting Geany? The other thing to check would be the permissions of the files.

Barry van Oudtshoorn

@Pockata: This is probably in one of the filetypes that I haven’t specifically accounted for… Which language are you editing?

Barry van Oudtshoorn

@Guy: Unfortunately, I tend to spend most of my time in Komodo nowadays, but I’ll see if I can get a chance to update the theme with Python support soon. Glad you like it!


@Barry: i’ve messed up something during the install or something like that. When i upgraded to 19.1 it was all ok :)


I’m also getting the bright highlighting in C++ with the version from git on Geany 0.19.1. I ended up copying a filetypes.common from the Oblivion2 theme in there which helped.


please… Pascal support… Thanks ^ ^


This color scheme is just incredible. Sometimes I stop the coding and just admiring this beautiful colors 😀


Very nice dark scheme!
I’ve added Manuel’s current line styling though, that makes it perfect.


It would have been so nice if yours supported Perl as well.

Michel Samia

Thank you for the scheme, my c++ sources look more leadable now :)

Éder Rocha / Brazil

The keyboard cursor is black and I get confused with current line background color. There is a way to change color of cursor?

Barry van Oudtshoorn

Hi Éder,

Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it’s possible to alter the colour of the cursor. However, I have just merged a pull request on GitHub that aims to improve the current line colour — maybe that will help to make things a bit easier!


I love the color scheme a lot. It would be nice to have color scheme for Fortran. Thanks


Great thanks


I don’t know how to activate this theme once downloaded. I saved it in ~/.config/geany/filedefs but nothing happens (I have restart geany many times)


Beautiful theme, Barry… thank you! One problem that I can’t seem to fix is with variables in shell scripts like $TEST. They are black against the dark grey background and very difficult to read. I haven’t been able to find the magic line for changing it and would greatly appreciate a suggestion.

Barry van Oudtshoorn

Glad you like it, Tom! Which version of Geany are you running? If you’re using 1.22 or above, you might find that the version of this theme in this collection has fixed the problem.

Lord Cold

Hi everyone.

How do I install this colour scheme? I’m just trying Geany and I don’t know how to.


Barry van Oudtshoorn

Hi LC,

Which version of Geany are you using? If you’re using Geany 1.22 or great, your best bet is to grab the codebrainz collection of themes, which includes this one. There are installation instructions there on the site.


Hi Barry,

Appreciate your quick response to my question last month and apologies for my late thank you! :) I’m running 1.21 and my old Fedora 15 desktop reached it’s end of life last Summer so there’s no easy upgrade available. I did install the complete codebrainz collection for 1.21 and modified the theme so it looks good with shell scripts. Found out that View->Editor->Color Schemes was available in my older version which made experimenting a lot easier.

Thanks again!


Bas Snabilie

@Lord Cold
Copy the files from the folder ‘filetypes’ into ~/.config/geany/filedefs/ and the .conf file in ~/.config/geany/colorschemes/. In geany select the color scheme in View->Editor->Color Schemes

Random User

Thanks a lot for this, however you lack to explain how to install it anywhere. Not even in the readme file. Finally I just dropped all the stuff extracted into .config/geany/colorschemes. Geany complained a bit when restarted but after changing the color scheme in view-editor-color schemes it worked alright :)