I am trying to customize the color scheme of Kile/Kate. I could do it, except I could not find any way to change the color of the side pane such as files, etc.

I prefer dark background, and having dark background in editing space and white background in the left pane is not good for my eyes.

  • @Joon does kile use kwrite_part? Commented Sep 5, 2010 at 20:55
  • @Joon also out of curiousity did you find a dark theme for kate somewhere? Commented Sep 5, 2010 at 21:19

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I don't think you can change it from within Kate, because I think it's like a filebrowser_part or something. Go to System Settings > Application Appearance > Colors Try the Zion ( Reversed ) Scheme. I think you can change those colors individually, and obviously you can create a scheme. I wish the makers of kate would realize that dev's like dark backgrounds and facilitate it more.

system settings screenshot Here's the resulting appearance of kate

kate dark ( Zion ( Reversed ) Scheme )

please note some portions of this are not from the colorscheme but other settings

  • seems I found a bug... the toolbar labels shouldn't be that dark. Commented Sep 5, 2010 at 22:16
  • thank you for your answer. The problem was I was in Gnome environment in openSUSE 11.3. After I installed kdebase4-workspace package, I could run systemsettings, and change the theme. -Joon
    – user2581
    Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 21:01
  • @joon: FWIW, you can download kate schemas which will allow the side and editing panes to have a dark background. See: <unix.stackexchange.com/questions/20902/…> for some links.
    – chandra
    Commented Oct 16, 2011 at 18:12
  • Might I ask where you downloaded the Evening Lilac, Cherry Blossom and related colour schemes please.
    – chandra
    Commented Oct 16, 2011 at 18:15
  • @chandra using Arch-Linux they must be part of a package that is included with the kde-meta package... I'd check your distro for additional theme packages. Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 19:12

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