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Dracula Theme for novelWriter
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Install using Git

If you are a git user, you can install the theme and keep up to date by cloning the repo:

git clone https://github.com/dracula/novel-writer.git

Install manually

Download using the GitHub .zip download option and unzip them.

Copy theme to novelWriter config directory

Copy syntax/dracula.conf, themes/dracula.conf, & themes/dracula_alt.conf to the respective syntax and themes directories in the novelWriter config directory:

  • GNU/Linux: ~/.local/share/novelwriter/<syntax_or_themes>
  • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/novelwriter/<syntax_or_themes>
  • Windows: C:\Users\<your_user_name>\AppData\Roaming\novelwriter\<syntax_or_themes>

Activating theme

  1. Go to Tools > Preferences
  2. In the General Tab, select the Dracula or Dracula Alt GUI theme
  3. In the Highlighting tab, select the Dracula syntax highlighting theme

Changing label colors

There is no separate config file to copy and paste into a folder. One either needs to change the settings manually in each novelWriter project or edit each project's nwProject.nwx file.

Within novelWriter
  1. Go to Project > Project Settings
  2. In the Status Tab, select a Label, click Color, input hex value, and click Save for each Label
    • Minimal or Custom project:
      • New: #44475a
      • Notes: #ff5555
      • Draft: #ffb86c
      • Finished: #50fa7b
    • Example project:
      • New: #44475a
      • Notes: #ff5555
      • Started: #ff5555
      • 1st Draft: #ffb86c
      • 2nd Draft: #ffb86c
      • 3rd Draft: #ffb86c
      • Finished: #50fa7b
  3. In the Importance Tab, same as in step 2
    • None: #44475a
    • Minor: #8be9fd
    • Major: #ff79c6
    • Main: #bd93f9
Editing nwProject.nwx
  1. Go to the location of an existing novelWriter project
  2. Create a backup of nwProject.nwx in case something breaks
  3. Open nwProject.nwx
  4. For a new Minimal or Custom project, replace the <status> and <importance> tags with:
      <entry key="sc23dcb" count="5" red="68" green="71" blue="90">New</entry>
      <entry key="sa5bc93" count="0" red="255" green="85" blue="85">Note</entry>
      <entry key="sa4dc09" count="0" red="255" green="184" blue="108">Draft</entry>
      <entry key="sccbbbb" count="0" red="80" green="250" blue="123">Finished</entry>
      <entry key="i1b9bd9" count="3" red="68" green="71" blue="90">New</entry>
      <entry key="i375425" count="0" red="139" green="233" blue="253">Minor</entry>
      <entry key="iaae736" count="0" red="255" green="121" blue="198">Major</entry>
      <entry key="i4207ac" count="0" red="189" green="147" blue="249">Main</entry>
  1. For a new Example project, same as in step 4 but using the codeblock below:

    Important! The key values may change between versions and not updating them will break the Example project's existing Label assignments. Check before pasting!

      <entry key="sf4fb66" count="5" red="68" green="71" blue="90">New</entry>
      <entry key="s61a90c" count="1" red="255" green="85" blue="85">Notes</entry>
      <entry key="s4b5bd5" count="2" red="255" green="85" blue="85">Started</entry>
      <entry key="s40ee5b" count="6" red="255" green="184" blue="108">1st Draft</entry>
      <entry key="s569406" count="1" red="255" green="184" blue="108">2nd Draft</entry>
      <entry key="sfc557a" count="0" red="255" green="184" blue="108">3rd Draft</entry>
      <entry key="s715de7" count="0" red="80" green="250" blue="123">Finished</entry>
      <entry key="i7560ff" count="5" red="68" green="71" blue="90">None</entry>
      <entry key="ib7f90e" count="2" red="139" green="233" blue="253">Minor</entry>
      <entry key="i8632bb" count="2" red="255" green="121" blue="198">Major</entry>
      <entry key="ie81f49" count="1" red="189" green="147" blue="249">Main</entry>