What's new

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.9.0


  • Make External Themes as a dynamic extension point
  • Increase the number of windows/popups that are under an overlay:
    • Recent Files
    • Quick Switchers
    • Branch Chooser``
    • and others


  • Fix issue where checkboxes were invisible
  • Fix issue where local history information was unreadable


  • More and more classes converted to Kotlin

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.8.2

Yet another bug-fix release, alongside small features and an overgoing refactor.




  • More and more classes converted to Kotlin

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.8.1

This new release is a bug-fix version, principally to rename and disable by default the experimental feature of Large Tool Windows (previously named Striped Tool Windows).


  • Restore the JetBrains layout as the default one
  • Fix error when switching themes when inside a modal
  • Fix transparency during drag and drop
  • Fix Show What’s new option not being respected


  • Renamed “Striped Tool Windows” to “Large Tool Windows” to be clearer.
  • Upgrade gradle to 7.2

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.8.0

This version’s features consists in the ability to display an overlay when modals are open, make the Active Tab Bold, show notifications when actions are executed, and add a few more settings to the bundled wizards. And of course, a few improvements along the way. Oh, and the project is slowly converting into Kotlin :)


Your IDE can now display overlays when modals are open, providing better focus to the information at hand.

Modals Overlay
Modals Overlay
Settings Overlay
Settings Overlay

These overlays show up in the following modal windows:

  • Alerts
  • Dialogs
  • New File Window
  • Search Everything
  • Run Anything

Please open issues in the repository if you wish for more modals to be affected!

Bold Active Tab

A new option made its way to the tab settings section, which is the ability to make the current tab as bold.

Active Tab as Bold
Active Tab as Bold

Also, another older setting, Uppercase Bold Tabs has been stripped of its rather broken implementation of bold tabs, and is now only setting the tabs as ++Uppercase++, hence the new name.

Make Run Configurations using the Compact Settings

A small but notable change is the Run Configurations now displaying as a dropdown list with different paddings, according to the Compact Dropdown Lists setting, the same way the other dropdowns do.

Padded Run Configuration
Padded Run Configuration
Compact Run Configuration
Compact Run Configuration

Show notifications upon executing actions

Another small but great improvement is the display of notifications (“toasts”) after executing actions. This makes it easier to notice what exactly happened at a glance.

Example Notification
Example Notification

Add newer settings to the Wizards

Last but not least, a few of the latest settings have been added to the Wizard, in order to better showcase them. These include:

  • Latest Show Overlays feature
  • Latest Bold Active Tab feature
  • Tab Font Size
  • Project Frame Colors

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.7.0

This version integrates the new Project Icons to the Project Frame Colors, as well as fixing many issues as usual.

Project Icon in the Project Frame

In the continuity in the development of the Project Frame Feature, a new capability has been added to allow you to view the Custom Project Icon in the toolbar.

Project Icons
Project Icons

This can prove very useful when having multiple projects open at once. Moreover, it can be activated on a per-project basis as well!

Note: This feature is only available for 2021.2 versions and later unfortunately, as support for project icons wasn’t complete in the 2021.1 versions. This could still change though, depending on JetBrains’ progress.

Better support for the XPathView plugin

This version improves support for the XPathView plugin by providing better colors to the highlighted results.

Thanks for Unthrottled for the implementation!

Other fixes

  • Language Additions: Fix back console, window, global not being colored correctly. (#1780)
  • Refactor File Status Colors, allowing to restore the file status colors when resetting the color scheme (#1732)
  • Fix #1773
  • Fix #1764
  • Fix #1776
  • Improve unused variables contrast (#1775)

That’s it. And as always,

Happy coding!

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.6.0

This version brings out the first per-project settings, alongside new settings for the Project Frame. Now you can even more customize your IDE on a per-project basis!

Project Frame Customizations

One of the latest updates of the Material Theme was a feature allowing you to add a “custom frame”, or “toolbar”, at the top of the window with a different color per project.

This feature, named Project Frame Colors, was inspired by a VS Code plugin, and was positively adopted by users.

As a result, new customization capabilities were added to that feature to stand out even more.

Previously inside the Features tab, these settings are now located under a new tab, Project Frame.

Project Frame Settings
Project Frame Settings

Here’s a quick recap of the new settings:

  • Show Project Name: Whether to display the project name on the frame
  • Customize Text: Replace the project name with a custom text

These are not much, but they signalize the beginning of a new set of improvements for this feature!

Per-Project Settings

This is the second highlight of this release: the ability to override the global settings on a per-project basis.

Per-Project Settings
Per-Project Settings

As you can see in this screenshot, the two projects have different settings for the Active Tab and the Project Frame. This will allow you to customize even more your IDE, now having different settings for each project.

At this time, the only available settings are:

  • Active Tab Highlight and Thickness
  • Uppercase Tabs
  • Tab highlight position
  • Project Frame Color
  • Project Frame’s Project Title’s Display
  • Project Frame’s custom text

Other settings, such as the current theme, the accent color or the compact settings, are much harder to implement since they use the same underlying UI for all windows, but maybe in the future we’ll find a way to make it work.

Other fixes and improvements

And like always, this release also has its lot of bug fixes:

  • Improve Light themes by setting black borders to white
  • Fixes the {0} in the “What’s new” menu
  • Change the Highlight Color for the Arc Dark Theme

That’s it. And as always,

Happy coding!

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.5.0

This version finally implements the so long waited Sync Settings!!! Now you can finally sync your Material Theme Settings across your environments! And of course a new set of features and bug fixes.

Sync Material Theme UI Settings

This was one of our most waited features since… forever, and it is finally here! You can finally share your Material Theme Settings and Custom Theme using the Sync Settings plugin.

Sync Settings
Sync Settings

Please note however that this is highly depending on the Sync Settings implementation. There are still some discrepencies with how the Sync Settings should work, as you can show in this YouTrack issue. But theoretically your Material Theme Settings should be shared across your stations.

Important note: This feature has been tested between two stations having the same premium model i.e., both being with the free plan and both being with the premium plan. There’s no guarantee of what would happen if settings were shared between a free and premium plan!

Inverted Selection Color

Latest releases drastically changed a day-one feature from the Material Theme plugin, the auto complete list’s selected option color. This has been done after running a quick poll with some Material Theme users to determine which option was better in terms of contrast.

However, this change might have caused some disagreements with the previous behaviour. Some users, like me, prefer the old style.

Therefore, I’ve decided to include a new setting to select your preferred style, Inverted Selection Color.

Inverted Selection Color
Inverted Selection Color

More information in the Component Settings documentation

Other fixes and improvements

  • Fix issue with Language Additions being applied to object keys and methods (https://github.com/ChrisRM/material-theme-jetbrains/issues/1742)
  • Fix issue with Language Additions not being applied to JSX and Vue files (https://github.com/ChrisRM/material-theme-jetbrains/issues/1744)
  • Fix the fatal error preventing CodeWithMe to be run when Material Theme UI is enabled.
  • Complete Github and Github Dark color schemes to include missing styles already existing in other schemes (such as Rust, ReSharper, Osmorc and so on).
  • Also, the Accent Mode settings moved to the Features Tab rather than Components Tab.
  • Add a new action to display the What’s new Page in the toolbar.

That’s it. And as always,

Happy coding!

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.4.2

This version improves the themes colors to provide better contrasts, as well as fixing the issue with some settings remaining locked despite being in the free plan. And some new features too:

Display the What’s new page on each update

Since 2021.1 JetBrains introduced the capabitilty to display a webpage in the editor, and this has been used to show, well, this page actually. However, while it’s nice to know what has been updated, it can be a bit annoying to see this popping up at every update.

Therefore, a new switch has been added in the Other Settings tab, to let users control whether they want this page to show up.

Theme improvements

Some theme colors have been improved to have better contrasts. Such themes are:

  • Arc Dark
  • Github
  • Github Dark
  • Night Owl
  • Palenight
  • Lighter
  • Deep Ocean

Moreover, the selected background color is no longer transparent, as it was causing some rendering issues.

Note: Some of the aforementioned changes are reflected in the Color Schemes, not only on the UI Themes. Therefore, you would need to Restore Color Schemes for the changes to be applied.

Other improvements

  • Fix Wizards and Menus to not lock settings that are part of the free plan.
  • Remove border color for tool windows
  • Do not reset the registry’s value transparentTitleBarAppearance when in the free plan.
  • Fix the Settings search to return the Material Theme UI Settings.

That’s it. And as always,

Happy coding!

What’s new in Material Theme UI v6.4.1

Yet another bug fixes version.

This fixes the issue where changing the theme from the Material Theme Settings caused the theme to not be saved.

Fixes a threading error caused when switching color schemes.

accents and file-status-colors are part of the pricing but appears requiring the Premium Version.