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Copilot Lvl 3
Message 1 of 21

Dark theme

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Hello. This topic is mostly directed at GitHub staff.


There is a longstanding problem with github. Users, contributors, maintainers play the crucial part in making GitHub what it is - a home for constantly growing community around open-source. We spend here considerable amount of time reading and writing code and documentation, communicating with each other, communicating with GitHub staff, sometimes at night (just like myself currently).


And all this time we have to look at exhaustingly white screens. You might be aware of this 5-year old issue. Many people are concerned. This problem is not about just some small comforts, it's about productivity, it's about accessibility, it's about health. There was a similar topic here but it was about GitHub Desktop application. And it looks like GitHub Desktop introduced support for the dark theme earlier this year.


Would you please eleborate on the status and your stance on this issue? People have to harm their sight or use third-party hacks and extensions after all. And many other popular services have heard the users and introduced a dark mode.


Thank you

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Commander Lvl 2
Message 2 of 21

Re: Dark theme

I requested the same thing for the community forum directly to github staf a few months ago. This is the answer:


We definitely see that request a lot on the side. We are in the midst of planning our next design iteration for the Community Forum and I think we should keep this in mind.

We know this is how a lot of developers work best. It would be super cool to have a toggle to a dark theme. I'm not sure where it fits in our current roadmap for design, however, as we continue to define our roadmap, we can keep this in mind.



Waiting for a change I'm using this add-ons darkreader and it works perfectly everywere, hope this can help even you.



Copilot Lvl 3
Message 3 of 21

Re: Dark theme

Thank you, @Wabri! That is good to know.

And Dark Reader is pretty amazing, thanks for mentioning it! It will surely help here and everywhere else while we wait for desings that natively address this issue.

Ground Controller Lvl 1
Message 4 of 21

Re: Dark theme

Yayyy. Thanks for Dark Reader. I tried others and they were less than stellar.

Ground Controller Lvl 1
Message 5 of 21

Re: Dark theme

Thanks a ton for the dark reader suggestion! Can't wait for GitHub to natively have a dark theme mode.

Community Manager
Message 6 of 21

Re: Dark theme

Hi @st-sloth,


Thank you very much for being here! I appreciate your feedback and will certainly add it to our internal issue, this is a request that we should review and consider. From my own personal experiences, I can share (Thank you @Wabri for mentioning it!) dark reader has been great for my eye fatigue in all sites not just technical ones.


Hopefully, we'll have some more news to share after our redesign plans are solidified but your feedback is definitely in the right place.




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Ground Controller Lvl 1
Message 7 of 21

Re: Dark theme

This isn't a solution, it's just a promise to look at things at some point in the future. Empty words have been spoken before, and excuse us if we're all a little bit cynical.


You are one of the biggest sites on the internet, lack of a dark mode is not really acceptable. This is a critical flaw with the website and must be viewed in that light (no pun intended).

Copilot Lvl 2
Message 8 of 21

Why was dark theme not important earlier?

I have always preferred dark themes.

Even in 2012, I used browser add-ons and userscripts to make dark theme.


Why is dark theme becoming important just now and not in 2012 already?

Ground Controller Lvl 1
Message 9 of 21

Re: Dark theme

This was open in github from 2013, and here from 2018 as I saw, what are you waiting, why you are not able to change a background color ???

Copilot Lvl 2
Message 10 of 21

Re: Dark theme

With the new `prefers-color-scheme` CSS media query rapidly gaining support, all this requires is a simple stylesheet update. Not even a UI change!