Notepad++ theme and style for developers

September 29, 2011 at 19:25

Waher-style Theme

Waher-style Theme

If you are using Windows and use Notepad++ as one of your main source-code editors and happen to be a web developer then you might just love this.  I originally developed this for personal use for I was unhappy with other themes or found them a little inconsistent across different web development languages. By now I have used this theme in Notepad++ for more than a year now.

Thanks to this being shared in reddit, Twitter and Facebook, it has been downloaded more than ten thousand times in one day.

It is recommended to use this theme with Consolas font.

You can download the theme archive HERE (*.rar archive) or the theme XML directly HERE (right click and save-as). Preview is available here.


  • Comfortable color scheme with a dark background and eye-friendly colors for working long hours
  • The styles used are intended for a web developer and cover most common files associated with web development
  • Supports Notepad++ styles for following languages and files: CSS, HTML, *.ini files, JavaScript, PHP, SQL and XML.
  • Covered by GNU Free License, you can modify and redistribute it in however way you like.
  • Some support for Java and Python files (recently added, might require some testing)


  1. Unpack the *.rar archive into your Notepad++ installation directory under subfolder /themes/
  2. Open Notepad++
  3. Go to Settings -> Style Configurator
  4. Select Waher-style from Select Theme dropdown
  5. Click Save & Close

I hope this theme will serve you as well as it has served me!

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68 Responses to “Notepad++ theme and style for developers”

  • Petros says:

    Excellent theme, easy on the eyes.
    Started using it right away.

    Thank you.

  • ROB says:

    Great theme! Can’t believe I’ve been looking at the default white-background theme for all these years :D

  • jay says:

    Thank you for sharing! I can finally dump Sumblime text now. xD

  • Carl says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve changed a few things and added a C/C++ section here:

  • Adam says:

    Thank you so much for this theme. I’ve been rocking it for over a year now. I just reloaded my PC and forgot the name of this theme. I tried a few similar themes for a few days but was unsatisfied. I’m glad I found this again.

  • simon says:

    Thanks for this theme. It’s perfect!

  • bobw says:

    Thanks for making this available – nice and easy on the eyes!

  • Victor says:


    Your theme looks wonderful when working with XML. However, the colors disappear when I edit Pascal (.pas) files. Can you add Pascal to the settings?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Kristo Vaher says:

    I intend to add more support to other languages for the theme, but before that happens I still need to finish the same theme for PhpStorm IDE. But creating a theme for Pascal is not hard, you can use the same colors in the style configurer and it won’t take too much time :)

  • Nixon says:

    Can not see correct text in .nfo files.

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