Is there a way to import color schemes into ConEmu from other formats? E.g. there are many color schemes for iTerm 2 -- currently, if I wanted to use the colors from one of them, I'd have to manually enter the color values. Is there a simple way to convert an iTerm scheme to a ConEmu one? Or is there a similar place where I can look for ConEmu themes beyond the default ones?


Currently, ConEmu can't import color schemes from other formats. You may

  1. Enter color values one-by-one in the ConEmu Settings dialog, many formats are supported. For example, blue from Solarized scheme: 38 139 210 (dec values), #268BD2 (hex values), xD28B26 (another hex format).
  2. If you use Windows Registry as ConEmu's setting storage, you may import your schemes with *.reg file. Take care about "Count" and Palette1 if you want to store more than one scheme (change "Palette1" to "Palette2" and so on)! Example for Solarized scheme:

    "Name"="Solarized (Luke Maciak)"
  3. If you've choosed to store settings in ConEmu.xml file, you may add colors directly to your file with your fav editor. Same as for reg, take care about "Count" and Palette1. Example lines:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
     <key name="Software">
      <key name="ConEmu">
       <key name=".Vanilla">
        <key name="Colors">
         <!-- insertion point -->
         <value name="Count" type="dword" data="00000001"/>
         <key name="Palette1">
          <value name="Name" type="string" data="Solarized (Luke Maciak)"/>
          <value name="ColorTable00" type="dword" data="00423607"/>
          <value name="ColorTable01" type="dword" data="00d28b26"/>
          <value name="ColorTable02" type="dword" data="00009985"/>
          <value name="ColorTable03" type="dword" data="000089b5"/>
          <value name="ColorTable04" type="dword" data="002f32dc"/>
          <value name="ColorTable05" type="dword" data="008236d3"/>
          <value name="ColorTable06" type="dword" data="0098a12a"/>
          <value name="ColorTable07" type="dword" data="00d5e8ee"/>
          <value name="ColorTable08" type="dword" data="00362b00"/>
          <value name="ColorTable09" type="dword" data="00aaa897"/>
          <value name="ColorTable10" type="dword" data="00756e58"/>
          <value name="ColorTable11" type="dword" data="00837b65"/>
          <value name="ColorTable12" type="dword" data="00004ff2"/>
          <value name="ColorTable13" type="dword" data="00c4716c"/>
          <value name="ColorTable14" type="dword" data="00a1a193"/>
          <value name="ColorTable15" type="dword" data="00e3f6fd"/>
       <!-- and so on... -->
  • If using ConEmu via another product, such as Cmder, be aware that color schemes should not be added to the "vendor" ConEmu.xml file noted at the top of Cmder's settings dialog, e.g., C:\Users\me\cmder_mini\vendor\conemu-maximus5\ConEmu.xml. Instead, custom settings should be added to the override file, e.g., C:\Users\me\cmder_mini\config\ConEmu.xml. This tripped me up when installing themes from github.com/joonro/ConEmu-Color-Themes . Don't forget to restart Cmder to update the configuration. – Ben Johnson Aug 15 '18 at 18:31
  • Oddly enough, I revisited my previous comment (from 2 years ago) for the same reason (couldn't figure out why ConEmu/Cmder wouldn't read my custom ConEmu.xml), and, this time, simply creating C:\Users\me\cmder_mini\config\ConEmu.xml had no effect. I had to delete C:\Users\me\cmder_mini\vendor\conemu-maximus5\ConEmu.xml (I'm not sure how this file is created in the first place, given that it doesn't exist in the conemu source) and then move my custom file to C:\Users\me\AppData\Roaming\ConEmu.xml. Then, after restarting ConEmu, my custom ConEmu.xml became effective. – Ben Johnson Oct 8 '20 at 1:57

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