Airline themes

Creating styles

Before creating the airline theme you need at least one color palette in estilo/themes folder. Then proceed to add the blank airline template from the command line:

estilo add-airline

This command will create a style file in estilo/airline directory of your project. Open it, it will look like this:

normal1: ''
normal2: ''
normal3: ''
inactive1: ''
inactive2: ''
inactive3: ''
insert1: ''
insert2: ''
insert3: ''
replace1: ''
replace2: ''
replace3: ''
visual1: ''
visual2: ''
visual3: ''

Every property in the template is composed by a name and a number, they represents how a part of the status line will look in a particular vim mode. That means the first line defines the style of the part 1 of the bar in normal mode, and so on.

Part 1 represents the first and the last block of the status bar, part 2 the second and fourth, and the part 3 is for the center block (the third one).

airline blocks

Go to the first definition and fill its value inside the quotes (''), write the foreground and the background color names separated by a space (these ones should be in your color template). It should look something like this:

normal1: 'myblue mydark'

Add theme to estilo.yml

Open estilo.yml file and add an object for each theme with its parameters inside airline list. Every one has 3 parameters:

  • name: the name of the airline theme (should have not spaces)
  • palette: the name of the color palette. It's the same as the file inside palettes folder without the .yml extension
  • style: It's the same as the file inside airline folder without the .yml extension


  - name: 'awesome-night'
    palette: 'awesome'
    style: 'night'
  - name: 'awesome-day'
    palette: 'awesome'
    style: 'day'


With the command line in the project folder:

estilo render

Rendered files are in plugins folder of your project

Activating the theme

Open your vim config file and add the next lines:

let g:PKG_NAME_airline = 1
let g:airline_theme = 'MY_THEME_NAME'

Replace PKG_NAME with the name of your project (the name from estilo.yml), and MY_THEME_NAME with the name of the Airline theme you want to activate.

Remember to add instructions to the README of your project before you publish it.

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