I know how to find new color schemes and alter them slightly to fit my liking. And I can make them slightly similar to the defaults.

What I want to do, however, is change one of the defaults slightly. To do that, I need the xml files of that scheme or some documentation on how to write a gedit color scheme.

Can someone point me to either the default scheme xmls or the documentation about them?


The widget used by gedit is GtkSourceView. There is documentation on the GNOME wiki for how to create style schemes, including where the files are located.

  • I can't find anything in the documentation relevant to how to create a gedit color scheme. – SarcasticSully Nov 15 '17 at 17:32
  • The page I linked to in the answer is exactly what you're looking for. GtkSourceView is the widget used by gedit. – dobey Nov 15 '17 at 17:34

I found them in this location in Ubuntu 16.04:


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