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+---
+layout: post
+title: Solarized Light color scheme for PyCharm 
+---
+
+
+
+### A matter of taste
+
+[PyCharm](http://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/ ) 
+is a neat development environment, especially if you're
+working with [Google App Engine](http://code.google.com/appengine/ )
+or [Django](http://www.djangoproject.com/ ). But the default color
+scheme is pretty horrendous. 
+
+Their effort to bundle additional schemes has been less than
+fruitful, in my opinion (seriously, WarmNeon?)
+
+In addition, I find that using dark color schemes in a environment where a
+significant area will stay white and bright is pretty idiotic. And I know
+this because I did it for a year.
+
+
+### Enters Solarized (Light)
+
+Recently, the [Solarized](http://ethanschoonover.com/solarized ) 
+color schemes were picked on by
+[Hacker News](http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2393976 ), and several
+people ported it to their favourite editor. However, I could not find
+anything good enough for PyCharm (or any other
+[IntelliJ](http://www.jetbrains.com/ )-based
+IDE). It was often wrong, incomplete, or both. 
+
+This is my attempt to make a coherent theme from these colors, for all
+the file types supported by
+PyCharm: python, of course, but also HTML, css, YAML, django templates, and so on.
+
+It's just one XML file to download. Grab it on 
+[github](https://github.com/sevas/pycharm-color-schemes ).
+
+
+### Installation
+
+The downloaded file should be copied to the following directory:
+
+* MacOS X: ``~/Library/Preferences/PyCharm10/colors``
+* GNU/Linux: ``~/.PyCharm10/config/color``
+* Windows Vista and 7: ``C:\Users\$USER\.PyCharm10\config\colors``
+* Windows XP: ``C:\Documents and Settings\$USER\.PyCharm10\config\colors``
+  
+
+
+Restart PyCharm, change the editor colors in the settings, and you're gold.
+
+
+### Final note
+
+I try not to be a typography nerd or anything, but I do like when
+things look nice.
+
+Because I mainly use PyCharm on MacOS X, the font used 
+is Menlo. This font ships with OS X, but is not likely to be on your
+Windows or Linux computer.
+
+On modern Windows systems, tasteful people use
+[Consolas](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolas ) (I know I do.)
+On a GNU/Linux box, you're probably good with the default monospace font
+shipping with your desktop environment.
+
+
+
+But stay away from Courier New.