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How to use the Monokai theme in Terminal (macOS and OS X)

  • by Zach (129)
  • 5 minutes

As a big fan of Sublime Text 2, I was excited to find out that somebody made a port of the Monokai theme for macOS and OSX's Terminal. Originally developed by Wimer Hazenberg, Monokai is a great color scheme available for a variety of text-based applications. This short guide will show you how to get Monokai into Terminal.


Download monokai.terminal

Download Stephen Way's monokai.terminal port from the project's Github page. Unzip the file.


Install monokai.terminal

Double-click Monokai.terminal to open it. This will automatically install the color scheme into Terminal.


Allow installation from unidentified developers

You may see a message similar to this:

If you see this message, navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General and ensure that the App store and identified developers option is checked.

Then, click "Open Anyway".


Make Monokai your default Terminal color scheme

With Terminal open, navigate to Terminal > Preferences. Select the Profiles tab (MacOS) or Settings tab (OS X) and then click Monokai in the side pane. Finally, click the Default button.

You're all done!