Making the Emacs built-in tab-bar Look Like Vim’s Tab Bar


The tab-bar-vim.el Emacs package modifies the appearance of the Emacs tab-bar to resemble Vim’s tabbed browsing interface. It also ensures that the tab-bar’s appearance remains consistent with the overall color scheme of the current theme.

The Emacs built-in tab-bar feature, which enables users to manage multiple buffers through a visual interface at the top of the Emacs window, is available in Emacs version 27 or higher.

Here are a few more screenshots showing how the tab-bar-vim.el package adapts Emacs tab-bar colors to any loaded theme:

The above theme is the Tomorrow Night Deepblue Emacs theme

For those who have never used Vim and are curious about the appearance of Vim tabs, here is a screenshot:

Vim theme: tomorrow-night-deepblue, a refreshing color scheme with a deep blue background


The Vim color scheme jamescherti/vim-tomorrow-night-deepblue is a beautiful deep blue variant of the “Tomorrow Night” colorscheme, which is renowned for its elegant color palette. It is pleasing to the eyes and is easy to read (The colorscheme was previously called tomorrow-night-seablue).

The “Tomorrow Night Deepblue” color scheme features a deep blue background color that creates a calming atmosphere. The contrasting colors make it easy to distinguish between different elements of your code. The tomorrow-night-deepblue colorscheme is also a great choice for programmer who miss the blue themes that were trendy a few years ago.

The Vim theme: Tomorrow Night Deepblue

The theme was inspired by classic DOS text editors such as QuickBASIC, RHIDE, and Turbo Pascal, which featured blue backgrounds by default. There’s something special about the early days of programming and the tools we used that brings back fond memories.

Install the tomorrow-night-deepblue colorscheme with Vim’s built-in package manager (Vim 8 and above)

mkdir -p ~/.vim/pack/jamescherti/start
cd ~/.vim/pack/jamescherti/start
git clone --depth 1
vim -u NONE -c "helptags vim-tomorrow-night-deepblue/doc" -c qCode language: Bash (bash)

Activate the color scheme

:color tomorrow-night-deepblueCode language: Vim Script (vim)


Vim: Tango color scheme for Vim’s built-in Terminal


The following code snippet will allow you to apply the Tango Dark color scheme to the Vim’s built-in terminal and ensure that the terminal’s color scheme remains consistent, even if you change the Vim color scheme with the ‘:colorscheme’ command.

The snippet uses autocmd to ensures that the Vim terminal’s color scheme remains Tango Dark.

For more information about Vim’s built-in terminal:

  • :help terminal
" Language: Vim script
" Author: James Cherti
" License: MIT
" Description: Improve the color scheme of Vim Terminal (Tango dark theme),
"              and prevent :colorscheme from changing the terminal color scheme.
" URL:

" Gnome-Terminal Tango Dark
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_black = '#2E3436'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkred = '#CC0000'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkgreen = '#4E9A06'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_brown = '#C4A000'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkblue = '#3465A4'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkmagenta = '#75507B'  " dark purple
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkcyan = '#06989A'  " dark turquoise
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_lightgrey = '#D3D7CF'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkgrey = '#555753'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_red = '#EF2929'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_green = '#8AE234'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_yellow = '#FCE94F'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_blue = '#729FCF'
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_magenta = '#AD7FA8'  " purple
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_cyan = '#34E2E2' " turquoise
let g:terminal_ansi_colors_white = '#EEEEEC'

" Text and background: Gnome dark
let g:terminal_ctermbg = 'black'
let g:terminal_ctermfg = 'white'
let g:terminal_statuslineterm_ctermbg = 'black'
let g:terminal_statuslineterm_ctermfg = 'white'
let g:terminal_statuslinetermnc_ctermbg = 'black'
let g:terminal_statuslinetermnc_ctermfg = 'white'
let g:terminal_guibg = '#000000'
let g:terminal_guifg = '#D0CFCC'
let g:terminal_statuslineterm_guibg = g:terminal_guibg
let g:terminal_statuslineterm_guifg = g:terminal_guifg
let g:terminal_statuslinetermnc_guibg = g:terminal_guibg
let g:terminal_statuslinetermnc_guifg = g:terminal_guifg

function! SetTerminalColorScheme() abort
  if !has('terminal')

  let g:terminal_ansi_colors = [
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_black,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkred,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkgreen,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_brown,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkblue,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkmagenta,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkcyan,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_lightgrey,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_darkgrey,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_red,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_green,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_yellow,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_blue,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_magenta,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_cyan,
        \ g:terminal_ansi_colors_white
        \ ]

  execute printf(
        \ 'highlight Terminal ctermbg=%s ctermfg=%s guibg=%s guifg=%s',
        \ g:terminal_ctermbg, g:terminal_ctermfg, g:terminal_guibg,
        \ g:terminal_guifg
        \ )
  execute printf(
        \ 'highlight StatusLineTerm ctermbg=%s ctermfg=%s guibg=%s guifg=%s',
        \ g:terminal_statuslineterm_ctermbg, g:terminal_statuslineterm_ctermfg,
        \ g:terminal_statuslineterm_guibg, g:terminal_statuslineterm_guifg
        \ )
  execute printf(
        \ 'highlight StatusLineTermNC ctermbg=%s ctermfg=%s guibg=%s guifg=%s',
        \ g:terminal_statuslinetermnc_ctermbg, g:terminal_statuslinetermnc_ctermfg,
        \ g:terminal_statuslinetermnc_guibg, g:terminal_statuslinetermnc_guifg
        \ )

if has('terminal')
  augroup TerminalColorScheme
    autocmd ColorScheme * call SetTerminalColorScheme()
    autocmd VimEnter * call SetTerminalColorScheme()
  augroup END

  call SetTerminalColorScheme()
endifCode language: Vim Script (vim)