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I recently tried installing a few new TextMate themes to toy around with and am unable to use them for some reason. I double-clicked the tmTheme files to install them and TextMate launched, but the theme does not show up.

I also installed the tmThemes in ~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Themes, quit TextMate, and relaunched.

Any ideas why my new themes aren't showing up? Thanks!

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migrated from Apr 21 '11 at 16:35

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That sounds strange. Few things that came to my mind:

  • Are you sure the tmThemes aren't corrupt? Where did you download them?
  • You should be able to load theme files with the Property List and it should display something like in the picture below. If not, something is wrong.

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  • If you double-click a Theme, is it successfully copied to ~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Themes if it wasn't there before?
  • Make a backup of ~/Library/Preferences/com.macromates.textmate.plist and then delete this file. Restart TextMate and it will be reset to the defaults. Now, try to install the themes again. Do they show up?
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