git clone 'git://'


Monokai for Emacs is a port of the popular TextMate theme Monokai by Wimer Hazenberg. The inspiration for the theme came from Bozhidar Batsov and his Zenburn port and Sublime Text 2 which defaults to this color scheme.

I like the colors and I like Emacs. This followed.

The theme uses built-in theming support available Emacs 24 and later.

I recommend using Prelude in conjunction with this theme. Bozhidar Batsov has done some awesome work in making Emacs beautiful and accessable to a newcomer.



Download monokai-theme.el to the directory ~/.emacs.d/themes/. Add this to your .emacs:

(add-to-list 'custom-theme-load-path "~/.emacs.d/themes/")

Now you can load the theme with the interactive function load-theme like this:

M-x load-theme RET monokai


Monokai is available in both Marmalade and MELPA. Keep in mind the fact the version in the Marmalade repo may not always be up-to-date.

You can install monokai with the following command:

M-x package-install monokai-theme

To load it automatically on Emacs startup add this to your init file:

(load-theme 'monokai t)

Bugs & Improvements

Please, report any problems that you find on the projects integrated issue tracker. If you've added some improvements and you want them included upstream please send a pull request.

Thank you,<br> Kelvin