Sublime Text Look & Feel for NetBeans IDE

The highest ranked NetBeans theme on the truly brilliant NetBeans Themes site replicates Sublime Text and looks really great. Click to enlarge the screenshot below to see it in context in NetBeans IDE 7.3.1:

I have no idea who is behind that NetBeans Themes site, but it's an amazing contribution to the NetBeans community. Just take a look at the themes on the site, choose one, download its ZIP file, go to Tools | Options in the IDE, click Import and then browse to the ZIP you downloaded. You can also upload your own themes to the site, i.e., configure NetBeans IDE the way you want it to be, export the settings by clicking Export in Tools | Options, click Upload Yours on the site and you're done. Wonderfully simple and a wonderful site!

In other news. My internet discovery of the day is Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee! Excellent.


I've been using this for a while now.
I had to make several tweaks to support syntax's other than java, but it's a great baseline to start from.

Now if we could only get a fully fleshed-out dark windowing environment for the NetBeans Platform I'd be in heaven.

Posted by heidtmare on June 16, 2013 at 02:31 PM PDT #

Comedians In Cars is a bit of a rip-off of Robert Llewellyn's CarPool series, which ran on iTunes a few years ago (and later ran on UK TV for one series).

Posted by Calum on June 16, 2013 at 05:55 PM PDT #

@heidtmare: NetBeans 7.4 will have some new options for L&F and one of the default themes I have seen at daily builds is a Dark Theme. I suggest you to take a look and maybe make some suggestions during stabilization phase.

Posted by Michel Graciano on June 17, 2013 at 04:18 AM PDT #


I was doing a search for themes when I stumbled across a theme builder for netbeans, on the it is possible to either build your theme from scratch or pick one made by other users and then customize it to suit your needs.

The only features I miss is a way to customise the coloring of '#' when using it for colors and the px-part in for example {margin: 10px;} as I like to have numbers separated from letters.

Posted by Neo on October 05, 2013 at 04:31 PM PDT #

On a Mac you install these themes with "NetBeans->Preferences->General->Import"

Posted by Jason Zwolak on December 22, 2013 at 02:17 PM PST #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

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