How to Use the Monokai Theme in Terminal on Mac

Zach Zach (249)
5 minutes

As a big fan of Sublime Text, 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.

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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:

“Monokai.terminal” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer

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".

Monokai selected in Terminal Theme Settings

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!