Solarized Color Scheme for xfterm4

If you use the terminal as much as I do, then do yourself (and your eyes) a favor by installing a new color scheme. My color scheme of choice is usually Solarized dark, so that’s what I’ll use for this tutorial. The final product should look similar to the image you see above.

Note: For this tutorial I’m using Xubuntu 12.04 and xfterm4 (xfce4-terminal), but these steps might also apply to other distros and/or terminal emulators.
Getting the Solarized Color Scheme

The hardest part of this tutorial is actually finding the color scheme. Luckily, Github user sgerrand has done most of the work for us. Navigate to the github repository and copy the code. If you prefer the “light” version of Solarized, you can find it here.

Open (or create) /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/Terminal/terminalrc:

$ sudo nano /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/Terminal/terminalrc

Replace its contents with the following:


[Configuration]
ColorCursor=#9393a1a1a1a1
ColorForeground=#FDFDF6F6E3E3
ColorBackground=#00002B2B3636
ColorPalette1=#070736364242
ColorPalette2=#dcdc32322f2f
ColorPalette3=#858599990000
ColorPalette4=#b5b589890000
ColorPalette5=#26268ae0d2d2
ColorPalette6=#d3d336368282
ColorPalette7=#eeeee8e8d5d5
ColorPalette8=#58586e6e7575
ColorPalette9=#00002b2b3636
ColorPalette10=#cbcb4b4b1616
ColorPalette11=#2a2aa1a19898
ColorPalette12=#65657bfb8383
ColorPalette13=#838394949696
ColorPalette14=#6c6c7171c4c4
ColorPalette15=#9393a1a1a1a1
ColorPalette16=#fdfdf6f6e3e3
Term=xterm-color

Close and reopen your terminal, and your new color scheme should take effect.

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