What's new?

What’s new in Material Theme UI v7.8.0

A small update to keep things going :)

Animated Tabs

A small yet cool feature that makes your editor even cooler by animating the tab indicators!

Animated Tabs
Animated Tabs

Other fixes

  • Fix the Custom UI Font not being applied when using the Experimental New UI

What’s new in Material Theme UI from v7.5.4 up to v7.7.1?


2022.2 is officially out! The JetBrains folks have been working constantly on the new version for the last three months, especially in the performance and remote departments. The result is a more stable experience accompanied with a lot of great features, such as:

  • Migration to JDK 17
  • Remote Gateway improvements
  • User Experience and Quality of life improvements
  • etc

But the plugin didn’t stop during all this time! As updates kept coming, so was the plugin adapting itself to the newest additions and deprecations, in order to keep being the plugin you cherish and love.

Oh and the New UI Preview is officially out for beta-testing! Which means that it’s time for the plugin to give it a proper goodbye, so that we can leave it to the pros and concentrate of the plugin’s unique features.

You can find more information in the JetBrains Blog.

Now let’s focus on these last three months changes:

Sunsetting the Experimental UI

As stated above, the New UI Preview has officially begun it’s beta-phase, and thousands of users started experiencing what Material Theme users have been experiencing all along, which is their brand-new rewriting of the UI.

For many years this new UI preview has been available as a highly experimental setting in the plugin, first labeled Striped Tool Windows, then Large Tool Windows, and finally Experimental UI, giving users the opportunity to experience it first-hand, even in it’s super-beta-experimental state.

But now that the cat is out of the bag, there’s no need to keep it in the plugin anymore, and therefore the setting has been removed altogether, as it became incompatible with the New UI Preview plugin.

Note: The New UI Preview program has since then been closed, so there’s no way to download the plugin anymore officially. However, we still have a copy of it available here. You can also find it in our Slack channel.

Colorize Title Bar

The second highlight of this version is also related to the New UI users only, and is about an extension of the Project Frame: the ability to Colorize the Title Bar!

Colorize title bar
Colorize title bar

This was something that wasn’t possible before, but the New UI introduced a flashy new “title bar component” to replace the original title bar (the same way the Material Theme did in the past), and this one is customizable.

So there it is, the perfect Project Frame! And it can be customized per project!

Note: As usual, you can still disable it from the Project Frame Settings. And it’s available in the separate standalone plugin as well.

What’s new in Material Theme UI v7.5.4

Yet another small update that introduces new exciting features.

The Material Theme UI is a great plugin, but there are also literally thousands of other plugins available in the Marketplace. Some are great, some not so much, but in any case it can be a little hard to get to find out the hidden pearls in this sea of available options.

Introducing the Recommended plugins: It’s another settings page found inside the Material Theme Settings that showcases a hand-picked list of useful plugins and remarkable themes for you to discover at a glance rather than navigating the whole sea of available plugins in the Marketplace.

Recommended Plugins
Recommended Plugins

Most of these plugins are UI-related, grouped into three sections:

  • Recommended plugins: Hand-picked list of great plugins to use alongside the Material Theme UI.
  • Material Plugins: These are the standalone paid plugins that you can buy separately instead of the main plugin.
  • Great Themes: Curated list of amazing themes that can be sideloaded with the Material Theme UI.

Come take a look! And if you have other great recommendations, please post them on the chat or in the GitHub repo!

Oh and by the way: this is a purely subjective list! So please don’t be mad if a plugin you love isn’t on the list!

What’s new in Material Theme UI v7.5.3

New StatusBar Widget: Current Project

This version introduces a new widget to the Status Bar, which displays the current project and gives the ability to open other projects via a menu. This is based on a similar widget available on the title bar in the new UI.

Recent Projects Widget
Recent Projects Widget

Material Theme Bundles

This version finalizes the support of the Material Theme Bundles, by releasing 5 packages related to the different paid features:

As stated in Material Theme Bundles section, these plugins are to be loaded as an alternate way to purchase a license, by providing a way to purchase only the features that are relevant to you.

For instance, if you are only interested in the Language Additions feature and don’t want to purchase the whole package, you can decide to install the relevant plugin at a lower price.

Important: If you already have purchased the main plugin, purchasing these plugins will do nothing, so be careful! These only make sense if you are using the Free Version (and not to be confused with the Material Theme Lite)!

Other fixes

  • Fix #187
  • Update Translations

What’s new in Material Theme UI v7.5.2

Custom Color Scheme in Custom Themes

This update expands the functionalities of the Custom Theme by giving the ability to specify a color scheme to your custom theme.

Custom Theme Color Scheme
Custom Theme Color Scheme

This is particularly useful if you have “Custom Color Schemes” and want to assign them to your own custom theme.

Note: If the color scheme cannot be found (for example if you decide to use the _@user schemes or if you select a plugin based scheme), it will automatically revert to Darcula)

Other fixes

  • Fix #168
  • Attempt at fixing #174
  • Initial support for “Material Theme Extension Plugins

What’s new in Material Theme UI v7.5.1

This small update fixes the Experimental UI not working after the update to 2022.1.2, as well as adding more languages support in the color schemes: Angular Template, Qute and Sonarlint.

In addition, the color for Modified Files in the SynthWave ‘84 theme has been changed as well.

What’s new in Material Theme UI v7.5.0

Japanese, Chinese and Korean support

This version adds support for three additional languages: Japanese, Chinese (simplified) and Korean.

Thanks to machine learning and external translators, we’ve been finally able to translate the plugin into the three popular asian languages. To enable it, you’ll need to install the IDE language packs, and the plugin will be automatically translated to the corresponding language.

Settings - Japanese
Settings - Japanese
Custom Theme - Korean
Custom Theme - Korean
Actions - Chinese
Actions - Chinese
Wizard - Chinese
Wizard - Chinese

Of course, there could be some inconsistencies between the english texts and their asian counterparts. In such cases, we’d appreciate if you could report such inconsistencies, and perhaps provide better translations!

Note: You can only use one language pack at a time! Please make sure to remove the languages you don’t use, or you would end up with mixed translations!

What’s new in Material Theme UI v7.4.0

New Material Theme Widgets

Material theme widget

The old Material Theme widget has been redone to better blend with the other widgets. It sports the current theme name and icon, and you can open a menu with the list of available themes.

Material Theme + Accent Widget
Material Theme + Accent Widget
Theme Selection Widget
Theme Selection Widget

Accent color widget

Just besides the theme widget, you can also display the Accent Color Widget. It sports the current accent color, and displays the list of available predefined accent colors when clicked.

Material Theme + Accent Widgets
Material Theme + Accent Widgets
Accent Color Widget
Accent Color Widget

Deprecation of the old Material theme widget

You can still find the previous legacy widget:

Status Bar Widget
Status Bar Widget
Accent Widget
Accent Widget

Other fixes

As usual, this version also comes with its bug fixes and improvements:

  • Fix visual issue when Menus weren’t highlighted in the Legacy Material Design
  • Fix fatal error when opening the wizard
  • Fix fatal error when opening the Command Palette
  • Fix issue where the Project Tree being colored in Accent Mode
  • Fix minimum size of fields when using Compact Fields
  • Fix minimum size of table headers when using Compact Table Cells
  • Make Tab Shadows feature free

What’s new in Material Theme UI v7.0.0-7.3.2

The 7.X.X versions up to 7.3.2 contained mainly the same changes than of the 6.14.X up to 6.16.X, but for the 2022.1 IDEs. However, there are some changes that need to be mentioned:

Large Tool Windows deprecation and Experimental UI

As with every major IDE updates, a lot of work needed to be done to support the newest releases, alongside their breaking changes and deprecations.

One of the features that got the cut was the very famous Large Tool Windows, which was sometimes buggy but nonetheless a very awaited redesign. Since this wasn’t a feature made by the plugin, it was very difficult to open the feature to the public despite the barriers, but this time it became utterly impossible, because it got merged with the complete redesign of the IDE.

As a result, the old setting has been removed, and temporarily replaced with a new setting to open this Experimental UI instead. However, we do NOT recommend using this UI as this is a largely buggy and highly suspect to change between new releases of the IDE. If you’re aware of the risks, you can try it, but don’t come complaining if there are issues.

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.16.1

This is a bugfix update for many issues related to the new UI.


  • Improve the UI of the tag buttons: alignment, close button, color, etc
  • Add exclusions to replacing specific text fields: Plugins pages, New File popup, JFormDesigner inline edit, Prettier options etc
  • Fix outlined buttons disabled border color
  • Limit the minimum left and right indent at 4 as it wouldn’t work below it.
  • Synthwave color scheme improvements: Kotlin instance field color
  • Prevent showing the “what’s new” popup when the setting is disabled

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.16.0

New Feature: Custom UI Font

A new setting has been added to the Material UI Settings Features: Custom UI Font. This font replaces (or rather, expands on) the original Material Fonts to provide the ability to choose your own font.

Actually, this feature supplements the Custom Font feature provided by JetBrains, so this is just another way to change the IDE font.

This feature is available to all users.


  • Added back missing properties from legacy Material Design style (selected items, color panels etc)
  • Remove need for restart when applying legacy Material Design style
  • Fix Scrollbars Color Settings non-translated texts on Linux
  • Align new comboboxes with other fields
  • Fix buttons text vertical and horizontal alignments
  • Add accent color to focused fields
  • Add new Material UI Border to fields that removed it (Find in Files, Plugins Search and others)
  • Fix text not showing when editing table cells
  • Fix Option button arrow

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.15.0

Legacy Material Design

The latest version introduced a new UI with a lot of changes: broader components, rounder buttons and so on. However, not all people were happy with the changes, be it because they didn’t like the new style, or simply because they were used to the old, sharper design and the signature of the legacy Material Design of 2016.

Therefore, in order to not drive people away, we decided to add it back! Disabled by default, you can find it inside the Components tab, in the Material Theme settings.

Please note however that this style remains deprecated. It means, we’re not planning to remove it for the moment, but we won’t be adding any new features nor fix any bugs that might occur in the future.


  • Add a bit more spacing between buttons.
  • Remove the glitch that happened during selection in lists.

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.14.0

New UI!!!

The Material Design components experienced a major overhaul to conform to the latest Material Design specification.

New Components Showcase
New Components Showcase

Here’s a brief overview of the new components:

Text Fields, Password Fields and Number Fields

Input Fields have become larger, with a rounded border, losing their Material Design 2017 style of having a single bottom border. The reasoning behind this, according to Material Design principles, is to make them more discoverable and interactable.

Moreover, since these larger components can take a lot of space, a new setting has been added to the Compact Settings to allow you to have smaller fields.

More info: https://material.io/components/text-fields#anatomy

Text Areas

Text Areas underwent the same process and will now sport a rounded border, just like the text fields, making them more discoverable as well.

ComboBoxes and Menus

ComboBoxes (or dropdowns) got the same border style as well, and their options are now showing up under the text field, instead of over it. The caret icon (the arrow) also changed to the usual Material Design chevron.

Menus have too undergone some changes and became larger as well, with the option to tweak up the items size through the Compact Settings.

More info: https://material.io/components/menus#usage


Buttons got rounder, smaller and now sport a small shadow under them, making them stand out more, like regular buttons. The other options (uppercase, outlined, etc.) are still available.

More info: https://material.io/components/buttons#anatomy

Search Fields

The search fields also underwent a redesign, becoming larger and bordered, but with a sharp border. The reason for this is that they are usually encapsulated in a more complex UI, such as the “Search Everywhere” or “Find in Files” popups.

New Search Fields
New Search Fields

They are also affected by the “Compact Fields” setting.


Trees got their selected item design changed to sport a rounded border just like the other components. They look like the design of the navigation drawer’s selected items from https://material.io/components/navigation-drawer#usage.

Moreover, a new style of Selected Tree Indicators, bolder and rounder, replaces the current one. You can still use the old one from the options though, renamed “Sharp”.

Of course, the previous options (List Items Height, Indentation, etc.) are still available.

Other updates

Other updated elements include:

  • Color Picker Fields
  • Table Headers
  • Menu Items

The Navigation Bar and Notifications have been redesigned too, but are only available in 2022.1+.

This redesign involved a lot of refactoring of the old components, as well as a full rewrite in Kotlin. Since it is impossible to check the whole UI, there might be bugs not yet discovered. In that case, please report them to the GitHub repository as soon as possible, thanks!

This was a lot of hard work, but I hope you’ll like it :)

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.13.0

The first version of 2022 introduces a new set of Material Themes, expanding the current collection with new themes that are not available elsewhere, as well as new language additions for Ruby and initial support for Material Theme bundles

Material Theme Bundles

Material Theme “Bundles” (or “plugins”, or “addons”) are a way to benefit of Material Theme’s paid features separately, without having to pay for the core plugin.

Since the plugin became paid, a lot of users were left disappointed by suddenly having to pay for features they have been enjoying for free, leading to a lot of frustrations. Although I’ve been trying to alleviate the frustration by giving more transparency about the reasons of the move, or through free plans and vouchers, still, for some users, the loss of their favourite feature was unacceptable.

In fact, for some, they couldn’t care less about the whole package, but THAT specific feature being unavailable was a true loss.

Introducing Material Theme Bundles: these are separate plugins that provide alternative access to the paid features. For example, let’s say you are only interested in the Custom Theme feature but don’t need the Tab Settings, Project Frame or Language Additions, you would be able to purchase it separately and benefit from it without having to buy a premium license.

Of course, these bundles would not be free; otherwise there would be no point of having to purchase a premium license. But they will be at a lesser price than the whole package.

At the moment, the only bundle available is the High Contrast feature for an annual cost of $3 only.

Others will follow, depending on the demand. Currently, the planned ones for 2022 are:

  • Custom Theme
  • Language Additions
  • Project Frame Colors
  • Project View Settings

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE BUNDLES MUST NOT BE BOUGHT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A PREMIUM LICENSE. They only provide access to the paid features to people on the free plan, so buying them when you have a paid plan would only result in paying twice for the same thing. {:class=’card-panel warn’}

New Material Themes

You might be aware that the original Material Themes from @equinusocio have not had changes for a long time. It’s fine, these themes are awesome and a personal favorite too. However, the Material Theme color scheme is great on its own, and can easily live in different environments than the ocean and the night. Therefore, we’ve decided to run our imagination run wild and started working on new “environmental themes”.

Introducing Nature Material Themes!!!
Forest Theme
Forest Theme
Sky Blue Theme
Sky Blue Theme
Volcano Theme
Volcano Theme
Sandy Beach Theme
Sandy Beach Theme

As said previously, these themes are completely new, and thus can be subject to a few modifications in the future, especially regarding contrast.

Let me know what you think of them!

SynthWave ‘84

Another theme we’ve been working on is the implementation of the famous SynthWave ‘84 from Robb Owen.

SynthWave '84 Theme
SynthWave '84 Theme

This theme is one of the most popular VSCode themes, especially thanks to it’s “Glowing Neons” feature, and I thought it would make a great theme for JetBrains products as well.

Unfortunately, there is no way to get the “Glowing Neons” to work in our favourite IDEs, but be sure that we are looking for ways to make it possible!

Theme Reorganization

As part of the newest additions, the theme selection menus have been reorganized to group light and dark themes together.

Theme Groups
Theme Groups

Ruby Additions

And last but not least, a new Language Addition made its way alongside the others: Ruby.

Just like Python, Ruby Additions are now available for Ruby-based IDEs, and provide additional coloring for the following keywords:


  • begin, rescue, finally
  • case
  • when
  • class
  • def
  • do
  • if, elsif, else, unless
  • module, namespace
  • not, and, or
  • private, protected, public
  • raise
  • require, require_self, require_relative
  • return, yield
  • self
  • while, until, loop


  • nil
  • true, false


  • attr_reader, attr_writer, attr_accessor
  • initialize
  • new
  • puts
Ruby Additions
Ruby Additions

Note: As usual, this feature is only available for premium users. {:class=’card-panel warn’}

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.12.0

This version is less about new features but more about project consolidation, bug squashing, code deprecation, documentation and migration to Kotlin. It’s part of a long process to make the project more stable and maintainable. {:class=’title’}

Here are a few new features though:

Automatically Reset Color Scheme

One of the main complaints of the plugin is that it constantly asks the user to reset their color schemes, but in actuality most users have no idea how to nor do want to do so. Even though a lot of documentation is available regarding the subject, since the plugin relies a lot on the color schemes, relying on user interaction means that there is a high chance they are going to miss new updates.

Therefore, from version 6.12.0 users can now decide to let the plugin automatically reset the color scheme during theme activation, i.e., at startup and whenever the theme is changed.

Auto Reset Color Scheme
Auto Reset Color Scheme

This setting only affects the bundled themes, excluding the Custom theme.

Note: This feature is opt-in, meaning that it is disabled by default, to prevent accidental erasure of user custom modifications. Make sure to backup your custom changes before enabling the feature!

This feature is available in the free plan. {:class=’card-panel’}

Python Additions

Another small addition to the list of Language Additions: Python Additions

PyCharm users and Python plugin users are now able to customize specific keywords of the Python language:

  • if, elif, else, for, while, do
  • import, from
  • class
  • def
  • as
  • return, yield
  • try, except, finally
  • with
  • raise
  • print
  • True, False and None

Many bug fixes, improvements and deprecations

  • Migration to Java 11
  • Converted 70% of the plugin in Kotlin, and fixed all detekt issues
  • Fix Premium features not being loaded at start
  • Fix Custom Theme not being applied at start
  • Add initial support for Material Theme internal plugins
  • Remove Custom Theme opacity support for many colors except buttons, tree highlight and notifications
  • Fix issue with Buttons keeping the color of the previous theme when switching themes.
  • Fix Red color being too dark in dark themes (and too bright in light themes)
  • Support for new color keys for the whole UI
  • Fix loading in JetBrains Gateway
  • Support for new color keys for the diagrams
  • Fix Load and Save Custom Themes
  • Fix Colored Open Folders not working

This is a huge refactoring release, so there might be some regressions here and there. Please report any issues you find, thanks!

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.11.1


  • Add new action to manually remove lingering overlays in the rare case it happens
  • Added more notifications when triggering actions


  • Fix Plugin not loading Premium features at start
  • Fix Large Tool Windows not working in latest EAP/RC
  • Fix Material Oceanic scrollbars’ colors (you need to reset the color scheme) (#34)
  • Fix Color Scheme Font resetted to Default Font even when the checkbox is unchecked (#37)
  • Fix Fatal Error when using Darcula Theme (#33)

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.10.0

This release brings a lot of new features, mostly related to font customization. {:class=’title’}

Tabs Custom Font

Continuing from the Tab Font Size feature, you will now be able to customize the font displayed in the editor tabs.

Tab Font Settings
Tab Font Settings
Custom Tab Font
Custom Tab Font

This font will be different from the one used for the whole IDE.

You can find the setting in the Tab Settings panel.

Tree Custom Font

Just like the tabs, you will now be able to customize the Trees’ Font Family as well.

Tree Font Settings
Tree Font Settings
Custom Tree Font
Custom Tree Font

Just like the Tree Font Size, you will need to close and reopen the project (or restart) to see the changes.

You can find the setting in the Project View Settings panel.

Use Editor Default Font

Another long awaited feature is the ability to override the current scheme’s Editor Font with the default font.

While this can be done via the Color Scheme settings, it can become a bit daunting to have to do this manually for every color scheme. Moreso when switching between color schemes many times a day!

This setting provides a way to undo this by turning off the color schemes’ defined font and use the Default Font instead.

Use Editor Default Font
Use Editor Default Font

Note: Turning on this setting will immediately cause the current color scheme to be edited, as if you changed the color scheme font with the default one. Even if you turn it back on, the original color scheme font will not be restored, you will need to restore the color scheme to do so. {:class=’card-panel warn’}

Reset Color Scheme Action

A new action has been added to the Quick Actions Panel, giving you the ability to restore the color scheme easily, rather than going to the settings.

You can find the action in the Material Theme Features menu.

Support for DataSpell

Last but not least, JetBrains’ DataSpell support has finally been added to the color schemes. This fixes the issue: https://github.com/mallowigi/material-theme-issues/issues/25.

You will need to reset your color schemes to get this change

Deprecation of the External Themes

After a long consideration, starting this version, the External Themes feature has been deprecated, and be no longer working.

For that, I’d like to give a proper eulogy to the feature, how it started, and what are the plans for the future.

In the beginning, there were no way of having themes in the IDE, aside from IntelliJ Light and Darcula. Then this plugin came out and with it, a few themes were available out of the box. Soon enough, other themes joined the fray, as well as the very popular Custom Theme feature, letting people define their own themes from a simple easy to use UI.

This was great and all, but unfortunately these custom themes weren’t exportable, except from the xml config file. People started exporting their custom theme xml file for people to see, and other people had to import these colors one by one manually. Wouldn’t it be better if people were allowed to install such custom themes via the plugin marketplace?

There was the main idea of the External Themes feature. By exposing an Extension Point, plugin developers would now be able to add their own custom theme xml file, the same way they were able to add their color schemes or code styles. The plugin would then be able to import such custom themes and add them to the list of themes on the fly. An example plugin, the famous Dracula Theme was used to showcase that feature, followed by the Night Owl Theme soon after.

However, the adoption of such a feature was very low. Even though a tutorial was available on the docs, people were mostly unaware of it. Moreover, in 2019 JetBrains finally released an API to allow people to create theme using JSON, with much more flexibility in terms of customization than the Material Theme External Themes.

As a result, people starting making themes using JetBrains’ API rather than the Material Theme one, and rightfully so. At the start, these themes were incompatible with the Material Theme API, but soon enough the plugin started supporting them as well, to the detriment of the external themes. Even people that have written external themes have long removed that support in favor of the native themes. In the meantime, bugs regarding the external themes were piling up, and such issues were affected to the back of the backlog. Everytime we tried fixing those issues, we were met with more issues, since they are very incompatible with the native themes support.

So it was time to pull the plug, and let this feature sink in. From version 6.10.0, the extension point will be unavailable, so themes that were still using that extension point will need to remove the extension. Hopefully, most of the themes in the market have done that long ago, but otherwise they will need to update a fix removing that extension point.

So what happens for external themes then?

Rather than investing on the external themes, resources will be shifted to the native themes support, and their integration with the Material Theme. Currently, the plugin uses specific properties of the native themes to find out what color to use in the Material Theme API (i.e., which color to use for the excluded color, the accent color, etc.). Starting this version, themes can also define material based properties that the plugin will parse to figure out which color to assign to which resource.

These colors are the following:

  • material.background
  • material.foreground
  • material.primaryColor
  • material.selectionBackground
  • material.selectionForeground
  • material.button
  • material.second
  • material.disabled
  • material.contrast
  • material.active
  • material.border
  • material.highlight
  • material.tree
  • material.notifications
  • material.accent
  • material.excluded

More information on the Custom Themes

In the future, a new settings page will be available to allow users to customize such properties from the UI directly. Stay tuned!