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Bold New VSCode Theme β€” Shades of Purple πŸ’œπŸ¦„βš›

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Shades of Purple Theme for VS Code

πŸ’œ I'm super excited to launch my new purple Visual Studio Code theme called β†’ Shades of Purple (SOP) β€” it includes hand-picked & bold shades of purple πŸ¦„ coz purple can be genius.

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🎩 Used by ~500+ developers (launched 2 days ago)
🌟 18+ five-star ratings
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Shades of Purple (SOP)
A professional theme with hand-picked & bold shades of purple πŸ’œ to go along with your VS Code. A custom VS Code theme with style. I am also launching a course on VSCode to help you become a Visual Studio Code Power User β†’
A FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) project developed by Ahmad Awais.
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Easy Installation

  1. Open the extensions sidebar on Visual Studio Code
  2. Search for Shades of Purple Theme
  3. Click Install to install it.
  4. Click Reload to reload your editor.
  5. Code/File > Preferences > Color Theme > Shades of Purple.

alternate installation

Alternate Installation

  1. Launch Quick Open using Cmd+P β€” or β€” Ctrl+P.
  2. Paste the command ext install shades-of-purple
  3. Click Install to install it.
  4. Click Reload to reload the your editor.
  5. Code/File > Preferences > Color Theme > Shades of Purple.


Best Custom Settings!

This theme works best with the following settings. Especially if you have the Operator mono font. Add it to your user settings JSON object.

You can also use a custom VSCode Shades-of-Purple icon that I created based on the work of amazing designer Dhanish called VSCode Icons.

// Theme Setup.
  "workbench.colorTheme": "Shades of Purple",
  "workbench.iconTheme": "vscode-icons",
  "editor.fontFamily": "Operator Mono, Menlo, Monaco, 'Courier New', monospace",
  "terminal.integrated.fontFamily": "'Operator Mono', 'Inconsolata for Powerline', monospace",
  "editor.fontSize": 17,
  "editor.lineHeight": 24.65,
  "editor.letterSpacing": 0.5,
  "editor.fontWeight": "400",
  "editor.fontLigatures": true,
  "editor.cursorStyle": "line",
  "editor.cursorWidth": 5,
  "editor.cursorBlinking": "solid",
  "editor.renderWhitespace": "all",
  "editor.snippetSuggestions": "top",
  "workbench.startupEditor": "newUntitledFile",
  "editor.glyphMargin": true,
  "workbench.editor.enablePreview": false,
  "explorer.confirmDragAndDrop": false,
  "files.trimTrailingWhitespace": true,
  "files.trimFinalNewlines": true,
  // Formatting Optional.
  "editor.formatOnSave": true,
  "prettier.eslintIntegration": true,
  "": "onType",
  "eslint.autoFixOnSave": true,
  // MacOS Only Settings.
  "workbench.fontAliasing": "auto",
  "terminal.integrated.macOptionIsMeta": true,
  "": false,

πŸ’œ I'll be teaching more about configuring this theme and your Visual Studio Code editor at Interested?! Sign up to become a VSCode Power User β†’

Shades of purple for other software

Put Shades of Purple In Other Places!

I have built other Shades of Purple themes for different software. Here's a list.


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License & Attribution

Licensed as MIT β“’ Ahmad Awais.

Thanks to VSCode team at Microsoft for creating such an awesome code editor. Also to the creator of other high contrast themes that served as an inspiration. This theme takes inspiration from many VSCode themes including but not limited to Cobalt themes by Roberto Achar, Ayu, Palenight themes, Dracula themes, etc. Thanks, Dhanish for awesome VSCode icons. And Icons8 for the icons in this readme.

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Ahmad Awais ⚑️

So, glad you liked it. Care to write a five-star review at that will help more people find the theme. πŸ’―