Eclipse Color Themes

For most of my job I’m stuck in front of Eclipse environment. Maybe the most important benefit it has is its cross-platform compatibility. It’s available to developers working with Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems, and it supports various programming languages. What is it good for?

Hard to explain in only a couple of lines, but it lets you visually parse the code more easily. It helps organize code, yells at you for syntax errors and as mentioned before, can be used a great variety of languages.

Most of the time, I use it for PHP, because it helps me with entering the name of functions, and closes HTML tags automatically when I happen to work with that.
Eclipse White Color theme
The default setting uses dark letters in front of a white background. Many developers find it to be obtrusive and hard on the eyes, and that’s why those people set a black background instead.

Getting it done is very simple; go to Window > Preferences > General > Appearance > Colors > Fonts menu.

However, there are pre-made backgrounds you can choose from at

There are two ways to download. The first is in XML, for which you’ll need the Eclipse Color Theme Plugin. Second is in EPF. I like the latter, because you can import them with no need for an external solution.

The process is very simple, as you can see in the video below; File> Import > General > Preferences then Next, and choose the EPF file you’d like imported.

How to import Eclipse Preferences (*.epf) from Roger Dudler on Vimeo.

About Ildiko Toth

I am a web developer with more than 3 years of experience using PHP, HTML and CSS . I started to experiment and work with Zend Framework and JQuery, too. I think the best way to learn something is to do it. I decided to do things, and share anything interesting I find along the way :)