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An architecture for building themes based on carefully chosen syntax highlighting using a base of sixteen colors. Base16 provides a set of guidelines detailing how to style syntax and how to code a builder for compiling Base16 schemes and templates.


Template Repositories

To add your own template, submit a pull request to and add your repository to the list below. Repository naming scheme: base16-[template-name] (with dashes as separators).

Scheme Repositories

To add your own scheme, submit a pull request to and add your repository to the list below. Repository naming scheme: base16-[scheme-name]-scheme (with dashes as separators).

Builder Repositories

Repository naming scheme: base16-builder-[language] (with dashes as separators). The separate headings are the latest versions of the spec supported by each builder.

0.9.1 (Jun 15, 2019)

0.9.0 (Jul 6, 2017)

0.8.1 (Dec 29, 2016)

0.8.0 (Aug 27, 2016)

Scheme and Template Author Resources

The following is a list of useful resources for anyone creating a Base16 scheme and or template:

  • Code Examples - A list of example code file for various languages.
  • TmTheme Editor - An online editor for themes in tmTheme format.
  • Base16 Template Converter - A script to automatically convert Base16 templates written in the old Embedded Ruby style to the new Mustache style.

Tools for using Base16

If you've written a tool for base16 feel free to add it to the list below:

  • auto-base16-theme - A command line tool to create a base16 theme from an input image's color palette.
  • base16-manager - A command line tool to install base16 templates and set themes globally.
  • base16-shell-preview - A command line tool to preview and set base16-shell themes.
  • base16-universal-manager - A command line tool to automatically get, build and set base16 themes globally for all supported applications. Themes and templates are pulled form the official repositories or from a local cache.
  • flavours - A command line tool to manage and globally apply base16 templates by specifying a scheme name.
  • Themix/Oomox - Graphical application for generating different color variations of a Arc, Materia and Oomox themes (GTK2, GTK3 and others), Archdroid, Gnome-Colors and Numix icons, and terminal palette. Base16 plugin allows to open Base16 YAML files a export both Base16 and its own themes using Base16 Mustache templates.
  • base16-spectrum-generator - A Python script for generating
    files showcasing the colours in a base16 theme.

Projects using Base16

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