I don’t know about you but I love writing code in a visually appealing environment. Beyond vanity, a good theme (and good font, because good themes should come with good fonts) makes your tons of code less boring to look at. Some themes even point out types in your code with colour schemes.
A good theme can make your job a bit easier, more fun and exciting.
Here, I will name a couple of great Visual Studio Code themes out there. Criteria for selection as of September 25, 2017:
- User ratings
- Number of installs
- Time of last update
1. One Dark Pro
This is a port of Atom’s iconic One Dark theme to VS Code. Need I say more? I love this theme.
- Number of installs: 2,001,220
- Time of last update: September 22nd, 2017
- Number of open issues on github: 6
- Average rating: 4/5 by 61 people
2. Material Palenight Theme
It’s good to appreciate and encourage teenagers who are making impact in the ecosystem. This theme was made by Olaoluwa, a teenager.
- Number of installs: 10,767
- Time of last update: September 13th, 2017
- Average rating: 5/5 by 6 people
3. Monokai Pro
From the creators of the original Monokai, Monokai Pro is a modern take on a functional color scheme. Let’s you get rid of the distractions and get straight to the code.
- Number of installs: 7,696 installs
- Time of last update: September 21th, 2017
- Average rating: 4.5/5 by 11 people
4. Dracula Official
There’s something calming about the color scheme used in this theme. The dark purple tint is what differentiates this theme from the others.
- Number of installs: 211,364
- Time of last update: September 17th, 2017
- Average rating: 5/5 by 10 people
5. One Monokai Theme
What a colourful theme! A lot of colours, everywhere.
- Number of installs: 128,595
- Time of last update: July 26th, 2017
- Average rating: 5/5 by 13 people
6. Material Theme
A simple and clean material theme. Lots of configuration options here for color tints.
- Number of installs: 116,432
- Time of last update: July 25th, 2017
- Average rating: 5/5 by 29 people
7. Cobalt2 Theme Official
Official Wes Bos theme. You know it’s quality if it’s from Wes Bos, I like it.
- Number of installs: 11,603
- Time of last update: September 15th, 2017
- Average rating: 4.5/5 by 13 people
7. Atom One Dark Theme
Another package that ports over the Atom One Dark Theme.
8. Panda Theme
9. Material Theme Kit
It looks like this theme has been abandoned by its maker(s), but it’s still a good looking one!
- Number of installs: 101,829
- Time of last update: April 26th, 2017
- Average rating: 4/5 by 15 people
Installing a great theme is not enough, you need a nice set of icons to complete the whole puzzle. That’s why I’d recommend the two most popular theme icons for you.
vscode-icons (3,190,596 installs)
Material Icon Theme (819,174 installs)
When a lot of people are buying or saying good things about a particular product, you can be sure of the quality of the product. In an online store, the best products always have the highest number of downloads and average ratings.
To rate the best VS Code themes out there, I decided to employ the same technique because a lot of people can’t be wrong, not on this kind of issue.