I recently started managing my own Ubuntu Server and I'm constantly using Vim to edit my files and I was wondering if it was possible to install a them to use overtime I login to my server?

The reason for my question is because if I log into my server using the terminal it uses the them I'm using in my terminal and if I login using Putty it uses the them Putty is using.

I tried to install a theme for Vim and nothing changes but I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or it is just not possible.

Is it possible to have a special theme for Vim in Ubuntu Server?



I had the same issue being new to Ubuntu server and the default colorscheme wasn't working for my eyes.

The colorschemes for vim are at /usr/share/vim/vim74/colors.

Doing a basic search for VIM ColorSchemes will show you examples of the schemes and ones you can download and place in the above directory.

Then I edited the vimrc file

sudo vi /etc/vim/vimrc

if memory serves me correctly I had to manually enter

colorscheme NameOfColorScheme


colorscheme blackboard

Do note this edits the default vim colorscheme for all users.

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  • Thanks a lot for your help. Finally, you are right /usr/share/vim/vim74/colors this is the right directory, I have been trying ~/.vim/colors since everyone recommends that folder but wasn't working. The only thing I did different is that I listed my theme name in ~/.vimrc and it works, I really don't know what the difference is between this file and the one you referenced but it woks on both. Thanks a lot. – fs_tigre Aug 20 '15 at 11:33
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    /etc/vim/vimrc are the default settings for all users. ~/.vimrc is user specific preferences / settings – JMadden Aug 20 '15 at 20:20

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