Is MathWorks working on a dark mode for MATLAB similar to what Visual Studio offers?
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Sai Vemu on 9 May 2018
Visual Studio's dark mode changes the background color for all the toolbars and all over the UI. The most that can be obtained with MATLAB is to change the background color settings of text,editors and workspace windows. There are many tools that helps achieve this like Scott lowe's version shared on community here MATLAB Schemer Is MathWorks working on a dark mode to achieve complete UI dark mode unlike the patch work that is available now?
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Steffen Pe on 16 Jan 2019
I also really hope they add dark mode. with automatic day/night switch and a button in the action bar
Benedict Bauer on 28 Sep 2019
I also hope that Mathworks is working on a dark mode.
It would be really nice especially in Simulink!
Keiland Cooper on 30 Aug 2019
Right now it seems the only way is via preferences or schemer. I hope that they work on this, as most code editors now offer it.
Walter Roberson on 14 Apr 2020
This is not going to happen.
Pay attention to the changes in the graphics system, to the enhancements of App Designer and Web Figures. Mathworks is busy rewriting the entire UI and many Apps to use that new design, getting rid of Java. Within 3 years the UI replacements will be introduced and the existing UI will become legacy. Mathworks is too busy working to get rid of the existing UI to work on enhancements to the existing UI such as Dark Mode.
The new UI might perhaps have Dark Mode; I cannot make a prediction about that.
saar nehemia on 6 Mar 2020
I also hope MATLAB will have a complete dark mode (including toolbars and all).
right now, it is only possible to change the text and panels but not the borders... It doesn't look very well
Image Analyst on 9 May 2018
The Mathworks generally doesn't reveal in advance what feature enhancements they have planned. If they are working on such a feature you'll probably only know about it when it's released, either in pre-release/beta, or in the official release.
DGM on 10 May 2021
I've been using a workaround for years, and it is version-agnostic. The script is posted here, though you'll need to modify it for your own needs. I don't know if a similar technique is feasible in Windows.
Simply put, I invert the entire display when I'm on a workspace with Matlab windows. This is handled automatically by the script that's invoked when switching workspaces via keyboard. Since I normally run a dark GTK theme, the titlebar and panel are still bright, but that's a small part of the screen, and I've taken to wearing a cap to keep room lights out of my field of vision, so the panel is usually out of view unless I look at it.
Of course, there are limitations to this approach. You still don't really get to customize the colors at all. You just get to darken the bulk of the UI area. You also have to deal with everything being inverted. For example, this surf plot looks right because it's easy to invert the colormap accordingly, but you can't apply inverted lighting. Using datatips on an inverted image can also lead to routine confusion if you forget that the image is actually inverted. If I need to return the display to normal, I just have a keyboard shortcut bound to xcalib -invert -alter , so I can swap back and forth when needed.
This ridiculous workaround is the reason that all the GUI tools in MIMT have options for use on an inverted display. I don't have to deal with manually inverting every image for display, imshow2(), etc does that all with the 'invert' option or a checkbox in the GUI.
mysiak on 2 Sep 2021
It's time to release the dark theme.
In many other programs I am using a version of dark mode for at least 7-8 years. Everyone already recognized the benefits.
So should Mathworks do something about this, it's almost ridiculous.
And yes I am aware it's not simple task, but it's not something for 2 years of work.
Jan on 19 May 2019
I'm using Matlab Schemer from the FileExchange successfully and I'm happy with it. Unfortunately I cannot set Windows to the dark mode, because then the dialogs for saving or loading files are not displayed anymore.
Varun Bansal on 15 Sep 2020
After spending few days with burning eyes, I went into control panel and selected 'Invert color' option in windows, and now my Matlab bg is all black :) looks like a nice turbo C window
Shane Sullivan on 30 Sep 2020
Edited: Image Analyst on 9 Jun 2022
The Windows 10 "Invert Color" option is great. But you have to manually do it, and un-do it. And if you switch to other programs (where you don't want inverted colors) it is annoying. To use this, type in invert into the "Type here to search" field on the task bar, or if you don't have that search field, then just type the Windows key on the keyboard and immediately start typing invert. You should see a suggestion for Invert Colors system setting. Pick that and you'll get the Magnifier settings window:
Near the bottom you should see the Invert Colors checkbox.
Otherwise, you can install Easy Invert, and set it up to automatically invert only MATLAB! Then, problem solved! https://www.wintools.info/index.php/download#EasyInvert
Leonhard Lücken on 21 Apr 2020
Would be great to have dark toolbar, window decorations, etc! And the Live Editor seems to be resistant to scheming entirely... :(
Berthold Reisz on 9 Nov 2020
Edited: Berthold Reisz on 23 Apr 2021
Simply go to the Home-tab in Matlab click on Preferences in the upper toolbar and choose Matlab colors from the left control panel. Remove the hook from "Use system colors" and select text white, background black. Subsequently, you can choose user defined colors for highlighting various keywords. Click on apply and you have your dark theme (apart from the toolbar).
This feature was already in my 2016b-version.
Image Analyst on 20 Mar 2023