Vim color scheme: Wombat

January 22, 2007

I have put together a color scheme for (G)Vim called Wombat. Dark gray background with easy-on-the-eyes font colors. It shares some similarities with the Desert color scheme. Here are a couple of shots:

Wombat color scheme HTML Wombat color scheme Python

Download the Wombat color scheme. Enjoy… 🙂


84 Responses to “Vim color scheme: Wombat”

  1. tob1k Says:

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s my new favourite vim theme.

  2. dengmao Says:

    You are very welcome. It’s nice to hear from someone who likes the color scheme.

  3. David Says:

    What font is that?

  4. dengmao Says:

    The font is called Consolas. It is a Microsoft font intended for use with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, but you can download it from

  5. jvanva Says:

    Great job on the colorscheme.

    I’ve been using it as my default one since I discovered it a few days ago.


  6. jvanva Says:

    BTW, I did make 1 small change to it though. You didn’t have a color defined for the FoldColumn attribute, so I added one and assigned it the same color as Folded.

  7. dengmao Says:

    jvana: Thank you very much. Nice to hear that you like the colorscheme. As for the FoldColumn attribute, I will add it to the scheme myself. There are a few more attributes that I would like to add, so I will make the updated version of the scheme available when I get around to adding them 🙂

  8. […] February 25th, 2007 — foldlr Wombat Theme with high contrast, for light environment. zenburn Them with low contrast, for dim environment. Posted […]

  9. […] colors. I couldn’t really find anything that suited me exactly till I came across one named wombat. Its about as close as I can find to what I want so I’ve decided to use it as a base. I […]

  10. […] came across a posting by Thomas Restrepo about a theme for Vim he likes called Wombat and how it wouldn’t be worth porting to Visual Studio as it doesn’t support italic […]

  11. Ginger Says:

    Very good color scheme. Only one remark: the color of the Cursor and Visual seems too similar to the Normal background color; thus the cursor and the selection can be hardly distinguished.

  12. […] Download Color Scheme ชื่อ Wombat ได้ที่ Blog ของ Lars H. Nielsen ได้เลย […]

  13. Kwame Says:

    Also my new favorite theme. Thank you for sharing!

  14. SkogTroll Says:

    Very cool colorscheme. I love it. Thaaanks 😀

  15. Ajay Patil Says:

    Fantastic color scheme. I have been looking for
    something like this for ages. Thank you so much..

  16. thank you for creating such a beautiful scheme. I’ve been looking at it everyday for a couple of months now, and i love it ! 😉

  17. kazuyoshi tlacaelel Says:

    very cool, a bit buggy in normal vim with ubuntu 7.10.
    nice and easy to read, well done!

  18. Mariano Andrés Says:

    Great color scheme! Thanks for sharing it, and for sharing the font too. I downloaded the first and I’m downloading the second too.

    Great work =)

  19. […] wanna share a nice vim/gvim theme called Wombat. Just download it and put it into $HOME/.vim/colors and setcolors wombat in your $HOME/.vimrc and […]

  20. sleek Says:

    Awesome theme. Works great in GVIM, but doesn’t look the same in VIM. Any ideas why?

  21. Paul deGrandis Says:

    I LOVE wombat but is always bothered me that theme didn’t translate well the a 256-color xterm. I made a version that includes the cterm colors. You can download it from my website:

    Enjoy and feel free to merge the additions

  22. Ismo Says:

    I agree that this is probably the most pleasant Vim color scheme that I have used. It is close to the “slate” and “darktango” color schemes, but feels somehow fresher. Thanks for the great work!

  23. Amr Mostafa Says:

    Just want to tell you that I’ve been using this color scheme for more than half a year and I’m enjoying it as much as I enjoyed it the first day. Never looked back!

    Thank you!

  24. Mike Says:

    I used the desert theme for a long time, but recently I “lost” my vimrc file, had to start over, and decided to see what else was out there in terms of themes. I found wombat, and I absolutely loved it. Thanks!

  25. kmerenkov Says:

    I wish I had it for emacs 😦

  26. TheAbu Says:

    Thank you very much for sharing. This is a very beautiful color scheme

  27. David Eads Says:

    Lovely, lovely theme. This is very similar to something I cooked up based on the Django project color scheme, but is way better.

  28. Gordon Smith Says:

    Wombat is awesome! I have been using it for a few months now. The colors are great and give me plenty of contrast. Thanks a ton for the eye candy.

    I did, however, make one change and gave no background color for matching parens. I kept mistaking either matching paren for the cursor, which quickly got annoying.

    I changed the following definition:
    hi MatchParen guifg=#f6f3e8 guibg=#857b6f gui=bold
    hi MatchParen guifg=#f6f3e8 guibg=NONE gui=bold

    ATTN sleek: This color scheme is strictly for the gui (notice the abundance of guifg/guibg/gui definitions?). Most terminals support a (very) limited set of colors. Have a look at Paul’s additions which include (similar) terminal colors:

  29. FelipeC Says:

    The best colorscheme ever. And I’ve tried a lot.


  30. Henrique Says:

    Man… I’m just coming here to thank you again.

    This colorscheme rocks so much in my gVim with the Monaco font 🙂

  31. Rob Says:

    Just out of curiosity, what size do you run Consolas at?
    No matter what size I run it at it always looks bold and doesnt look like your screenshot at all.

  32. […] – bookmarked by 1 members originally found by mileni on 2008-10-03 Vim color scheme: Wombat « Lars H. Nielsen’s Blog – bookmarked by 5 members […]

  33. Peter Severin Says:

    I am no Emacs expert, but here is my attempt to port Wombat color theme. Just put the following code in your .emacs file:

    ;; Wombat theme ported from Vim
    (set-background-color “#242424”)
    (set-foreground-color “#f6f3e8”)
    (set-cursor-color “#656565”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-comment-face “#99968b”)
    (set-face-italic-p ‘font-lock-comment-face t)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-doc-face “#99968b”)
    (set-face-italic-p ‘font-lock-doc-face t)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-constant-face “#e5786d”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-string-face “#95e454”)
    (set-face-italic-p ‘font-lock-string-face t)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-variable-name-face “#cae682”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-function-name-face “#cae682”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-type-face “#cae682”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-builtin-face “#8ac6f2”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-keyword-face “#8ac6f2”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-preprocessor-face “#e5786d”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘font-lock-negation-char-face “#e7f6da”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘link “#8ac6f2”)
    (set-face-bold-p ‘link t)
    (set-face-underline-p ‘link t)
    (set-face-foreground ‘show-paren-match “#f6f3e8”)
    (set-face-background ‘show-paren-match “#857b6f”)
    (set-face-bold-p ‘show-paren-match t)
    (set-face-foreground ‘region “#f6f3e8”)
    (set-face-background ‘region “#444444”)
    (set-face-foreground ‘lazy-highlight “black”)
    (set-face-background ‘lazy-highlight “yellow”)

  34. David Liang Says:

    A slightly modified version of this colorscheme that works with 88 and 256-color xterms as well as the GUI is available at

  35. […] Vim color scheme: Wombat « Lars H. Nielsen’s Blog (tags: vim wombat color) […]

  36. […] that some stuff will always require cmd.exe. Windows just sucks like that. On the upside, the Wombat VIM theme rocks my world. This entry was written by alex, posted on February 11, 2009 at 10:57 am, filed […]

  37. mediapathic Says:

    Hey, thanks for my new favorite colorscheme! This is precisely what I’ve wanted every time I loaded desert instead ;>

  38. Amr Mostafa Says:

    Peter, thank you for the emacs port. It works very nicely. I get some errors though. I hope you could finalize it sometime!

    It’s great to have wombat “cross-platform” 🙂

  39. […] por uns plugins legais para o VIM relacionados a python eu achei (tropeçei) em um tema chamado Wombat, uma variação do Desert criada por Lars H. Nielsen. Como achei ele interessante eu peguei e […]

  40. Hello Lars :].

    I make some changes in your Wombat theme to make it more dark, take a look :]:

  41. Mark Says:

    For Emacs users trying to use Peter Severin’s theme, I get errors until I turn paren-mode on.

    Put the following line in your .emacs file before his code:

    (show-paren-mode t)

    Also, I think it should be ‘show-paren-mode-match-face (I’m using Emacs snapshot (so 23a)).

    Things should then work fine. Alternatively, you can just comment out the lines that contain show-paren-mode, and the rest of the theme works. Also, putting it into a color-theme-wombat.el and loading with color-theme is nice since you can easily switch between themes, and even have different themes in each buffer.

    Thank you, OP, for the theme!

  42. NightOwl Says:

    Awesome. this is my most favorite colorscheme after tried quite a lot others in the past 5 years!
    Thank you so much!

  43. […] I make. VIM through SSH is ok, but one problem I have is I can’t use any of the really cool color schemes out there, as PuTTy is limited to 256 colors. There are some plugins out there which are […]

  44. Mario Says:

    It’s not a bad theme. I had to adjust cursor line, and search highlight colors a bit, but in the end I still prefer desert.

    Desert just seems to fit together better.

  45. […] Vim color scheme: Wombat « Lars H. Nielsen’s Blog – I have put together a color scheme for (G)Vim called Wombat. Dark gray background with easy-on-the-eyes font colors. It shares some similarities with the Desert color scheme […]

  46. Nayaab Says:

    Thanks for sharing. Good one!

  47. Aleks Says:

    ported to textmate –

    not so prefect as original, because this is my first theme 🙂

  48. […] Lars H. Nielsen’s Wombat […]

  49. […] カラースキーム変える。何かかっこよかったのでこれにした。 runtime/colorに突っ込む。wombat […]

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  51. wesm Says:

    What a great theme! I made some modifications to make it work better with javascript and it’s absolutely my favorite! Thanks for making my code beautiful 😀

  52. I just felt I should thank the author of the great vim theme I’ve been using for almost a year. Really works amazingly well for me. Thank you very much.

  53. […] update the color of the ruler use hl-ColorColumn. In our custom theme (based on wombat), I set color […]

  54. noname Says:

    Nice theme…

  55. the dude Says:

    Absolutely brilliant. The best possible balance between necessary contrast and a soothing look that doesn’t burn your retinas after a good long session.

    Now, I use gVim with

    :se go=

    to emulate a terminal just so I can have these awesome colors.

    And… it even works beautifully with MacVim. The last colorscheme I’ll ever need… Thanks!

  56. mr cookies Says:

    Any chance of a ‘port’ so I can use the same scheme in idle?

    Would be very nice to have matching patterns in both vim and idle…

  57. kolbrand Says:

    wonderful work.

  58. Suraj Kurapati Says:

    Wombat is my favorite GVim colorscheme, with only Zenburn and Lucius close behind. Many thanks for inventing this!

  59. Kristoffer Says:

    Hey, I made a version of wombat for emacs which I’m hoping to get included in the official distro. Hoping you don’t have anything against that? I’ll make sure you get credit for coming up with the scheme.

  60. Moni Ghaoui Says:

    Great theme! Works perfectly on Windows combined with Consolas.

  61. echofish Says:

    I improved the wombat256 theme. In this version you can also use it in vim, not just gvim:

  62. […] a theme i like. Guess i am picky. The theme / colour scheme i settled for is called wombat. The original file didn’t do much for me. But i found a good 256 colour version. $ mv wombat256mod.vim […]

  63. Mmmmh I have a problem with wombat. I put it in my /etc/vim/colors directory, and when I edit xml, it’s ugly:

    I don’t know why it acts like this…

  64. […] Tabata, Creator of Lifecraft. I really like Wombat. You can download it here: http://dengmao.word… (more) Sign up for free to read the full text. Login if you already have an account.This answer […]

  65. […] wombat – The best color scheme out there […]

  66. Goertzen Says:

    I have a problem with the wombat scheme. When I try to copy a line, the whole line (with all the spaces after \n) are copied, which is a little annoying. Is that something you experienced as well? How can I fix that?

  67. […] 最後にコードに色をつけるカラースキームの読み込み。ネットで見て評判が良さそうだったので、wombatというスキームをダウンロード。 […]

  68. Nice job. My new defualt.

  69. guipn Says:

    Pretty freaking cool. Added it to my .vimrc and it’s my new favorite one.

  70. […] As a side note, the wombat color scheme is one of my favorites for VIM.  It can be found here: […]

  71. […] But you can also store new color schemes under ~/.vim/colors. So if you find something like the Wombat color scheme you can plop that […]

  72. Mucho-Satisfied Person Says:

    I have searched and searched, but I was never satisfied with the color schmes out there. Well, my search is over!

    I love this color scheme!!! Great work, and thank you so much.

  73. […] I make. VIM through SSH is ok, but one problem I have is I can’t use any of the really cool color schemes out there, as PuTTY is limited to 256 colors. There are some plugins out there which are […]

  74. Prasanna Says:

    Thank you.. I like this color scheme 🙂

  75. Jadian Says:

    This is real good. Thank you for your work! !

  76. iq2lucLuc Says:

    …still my favorite theme after all these years; good job!

  77. alabazter Says:

    thanks for this lovely custom theme. I love it’s color scheme. awesome

  78. George Says:

    Hello, nice theme.. how can i change the background color of the tree of folders of remote systems? Thank you very much

  79. […] Wombat是由來自丹麥的Lars Nielsen在2007年時針對vim所開發的256色配色方案。雖然現時在很多編輯器都會見到它的移植版,但因為很少軟件會預設提供這套配色,又缺乏後續開發而導致它不太知名。 […]

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