In this article, we’re going to explore the top 15 Netbeans themes that you can choose from to elevate your coding experience.

NetBeans is an IDE. An IDE that provides a smarter and faster way to code. While NetBeans themes improve readability and inspire developers.

Using NetBeans, you can easily develop mobile apps and desktop apps with Java programming, PHP, C, C++, and others.

NetBeans IDE is a free and open-source integrated development environment with global-wide support and community. Although people sometimes regard NetBeans as an old school, it still gets the job done good enough.

Its sophisticated features like code autocompletion, code templates, and debugging tools improve NetBean’s productivity and development cycle. To add to the list is NetBeans themes which elevate NetBeans to the next level

NetBeans has several dark themes that can be implemented to improve readability and code organization. Let’s look at the best 15 NetBeans themes right now, shall we?

1. Sublime Monokai Theme for NetBeans 8

Sublime Monokai based NetBeans dark theme has some slight tweaks to enhance code readability in PHP, SQL, HTML, and CSS.


  • Dark background color to prevent eye strain
  • Different colors for variables, class, constants, identifiers, strings, etc.
  • Whitespace indication
  • Correct anti-aliased Windows font.

2. Atoms Fonts and Colors Theme

Feel the presence of Atom and its power in your NetBeans. It is a great theme with fine looks and font colors that will inspire your coding to the next level.


  • Atom colors and fonts in NetBeans
  • Easy-to-install plugin
  • Beautiful UI

3. Obsidian Color Theme

Obsidian Color Theme is an intuitive NetBeans dark theme. It contains coloring for JavaScript, Java, PHP, XML, HTML, and Groovy. This theme uses Dejavu Sans Font and if it is not in your system, you can download from Dejavu This theme works well on all versions of NetBeans 8.0 or later.


  • Nice with smooth colors
  • Works with any version of Netbeans 8 and above
  • Dejavu variety of fonts

4. Sublime Theme

Sublime Theme is a default text theme for NetBeans IDE. It greatly improves the readability of the code and developers feel the taste of sublime text in the NetBeans environment.


  • Multi cursor support
  • Beautiful colors and fonts to choose from
  • code highlighting capabilities
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5. Darula Look n Feel for NetBeans IDE

NetBeans is established and out of the box tool for a variety of technologies using Java, PHP, JS, C, and C++ languages. Look and feel of an IDE has put off some of the potential candidates especially when compared with new kids in the field like Visual code with state-of-the-art tooling and appearance. It is for this reason that NetBeans IDE has made a list of themes to integrate into the system through plugins.


  • New looks and feels
  • Dark color reduces eye strains
  • Verified plugin

6. Torti Dark

Torti Dark is a NetBeans dark theme inspired by Visual Studio. It has beautiful looks and feels as well as a “show only editor mode” which allows only the editor to be shown while in use.


  • show only editor mode
  • inspiring looks and feels
  • Syntax highlighting

7. Panorama Eye Friend

Panorama Eye Friend was created by Panorama Soft, and it has the “Show Only Editor”  mode just like the Torti Dark which allows ‘show only editor’ when in use.


  • Eye friendly interface
  • syntax highlighter
  • good feels and looks
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8. Solarized

Solarized was developed by Schoonover and ported onto the NetBeans by Brian Fenton, repacked with monospace font by Branko Djurkovic.


  • Eye-friendly coding playground
  • Elegant appearance
  • Syntax highlighting with different colors for variables, functions, etc.

9. Brighter Tilight

Brighter Tilight is a theme for NetBeans IDE authored by VietTQ. It has colors that bring comfort to your eyes to give you some inspiration during coding.


  • Beautiful brighter colors
  • Looks and feels that inspires
  • Syntax highlighting
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10. Norway Remix

Norway Remix is a theme for NetBeans IDE authored by Faruoqi in 2013. It has some color and font changes since then. Again, it is eye-friendly and gives motivation and inspiration in coding.


  • Eye-catchy
  • Proper code alignment
  • Syntax highlighting

11. Icarus

Icarus is one of the NetBeans IDE colors scheme authored by Luis Manuel Ramirez Vargas in 2013. It is a simple and clean theme.


  • Syntax highlighting
  • Simple and clean
  • Suitable for structured programming languages but it works still on OOP.

12. DreamWaver

DreamWaver is one of the best 15 NetBeans IDE themes according to me. It has a white background with a black cursor. It is easily readable and provides a good playground for coding.


  • White background with a black cursor
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Readable code
  • Beautiful fonts

13. Zenburn

Zenburn is one of the NetBeans IDE color schemes that provide a better playground for coding. The author was Ideea and you can get the details of the project on Github project page


  • Can be used on other IDEs
  • Readable code
  • Dark background
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14. Oblivion Revival

This is one of the NetBeans themes that looks professional. It inspires coders hence it improves productivity. It was authored by Charles Tang and many users praise the theme because of its professional looks.


  • Professional appearance
  • Eye-friendly background
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15. Brandon Dark

Brandon Dark is one of the NetBeans themes with color schemes that provide an inspiring playground for coders.

The author of Brandon Dark was Dmitry.


  • Different scheme colors
  • Eye-friendly background
  • Readable fonts and colors


There are many NetBeans dark themes that did not make to this list, if you feel there is one that deserves to be in the list, don’t hesitate to drop it in the comment box below.