Lightline themes

Creating styles

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

estilo add-lightline

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

normal1: ''
normal2: ''
normal3: ''
normal4: ''
normal5: ''
normalError: ''
normalWarning: ''
inactive1: ''
inactive2: ''
inactive3: ''
inactive4: ''
inactive5: ''
insert1: ''
insert2: ''
insert3: ''
insert4: ''
insert5: ''
replace1: ''
replace2: ''
replace3: ''
replace4: ''
replace5: ''
visual1: ''
visual2: ''
visual3: ''
visual4: ''
visual5: ''
tablineLeft: ''
tablineSelected: ''
tablineMiddle: ''
tablineRight: ''

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.

Part 1 represents the first block of the status bar, part 2 the second and so on. The normalError and normalWarning properties affect to block3 in those states.

lightline blocks

The last four lines define the tabline style:

lightline tabs 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 lightline list. Every one has 3 parameters:

  • name: the name of the lightline theme. Should have not spaces or dashes (-)
  • 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 lightline 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:

" enable lighline theme
let g:PKG_NAME_lightline = 1
" set lighline theme (in yor lightline config)
let g:lightline = { 'colorscheme': '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 Lightline theme you want to activate.

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

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