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Dracula Theme for zsh-syntax-highlighting
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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/zsh-syntax-highlighting.git

Install manually

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

Activating theme

  1. Before being able to use the Dracula theme for zsh-syntax-highlighting, you must first have downloaded and installed the zsh-syntax-highlighting utility (and be using zsh).

  2. Copy the contents of the Dracula zsh-syntax-highlighting file, and paste into your zshrc file, likely at ~/.zshrc.

    • Note: If you installed zsh-syntax-highlighting via git, or site wide, be sure to paste the contents of the file before the following line in your ~/.zshrc file:

      # ... source /some/path/to/your/zsh-syntax-highlighting/zsh-syntax-highlighting.zsh # ...
    • Note: If you installed zsh-syntax-highlighting via a plugin manager, be sure to paste the contents of the file before you activate the utility via it's plugin invocation.

  3. Start a new zsh session: exec zsh and confirm it's working.


This theme attempts to cover all possible zsh-syntax-highlighting options for the main highlighter. The coloring was implemented/modelled after the official Dracula color specification as much as logically possible.

As such, the theme is grouped by Dracula spec section; Each section in the spec is 1:1 with a ## <header> in the theme file. For settings that didn't seem to fall under any of the Dracula spec, they are under the ## No category relevant in spec section.

Within a section, the options occur in the same order they do on the main highlighter doc page.

Accompanying Screnshot Prompt

Though not related to this theme nor included as a specific Dracula offering, the prompt in the screenshot is typewritten: "A minimal zsh prompt". Relevant ~/.zshrc settings are so:

# Typwritten: https://typewritten.dev/#/installation; Dracula compliment, purple based ZSH_THEME="typewritten" export TYPEWRITTEN_SYMBOL="λ " export DRACULA_TYPEWRITTEN_COLOR_MAPPINGS="primary:#d5ccff;secondary:#9580ff;info_neutral_1:#d0ffcc;info_neutral_2:#ffffcc;info_special:#ff9580;info_negative:#ff5555;notice:#ffff80;accent:#d5ccff" export TYPEWRITTEN_COLOR_MAPPINGS="${DRACULA_TYPEWRITTEN_COLOR_MAPPINGS}" export TYPEWRITTEN_PROMPT_LAYOUT="half_pure"