Awesome Open Source
Awesome Open Source

An arctic, north-bluish clean and elegant Emacs theme.

Designed for a fluent and clear workflow based on the Nord color palette.

Build for Emacs's terminal- and GUI mode with true colors and support for many third-party syntax and UI packages.

Getting Started

Visit the official website to learn all about the syntax highlighting features, details and elements of UI and editor elements and the various theme configurations.

Learn about the installation and activation and how to configure the theme from the official documentations.

Quick Start

Thanks to the builtin Emacs package manager, Nord Emacs can be installed for all platforms and the various variants/forks of Emacs in a uniform way with one command from MELPA, MELPA Stable and marmalade-repo.

To install or update Nord Emacs

  1. press M-x
  2. run the package-install command
  3. type nord-theme and confirm with

For more setup methods see the official installation & activation guide as well as Emacs official package install documentations for more details about the builtin package management.


Make sure the ~/.emacs.d/themes directory has been added to Emacs load path by adding it to the list in your init file (.init.el):

(add-to-list 'custom-theme-load-path (expand-file-name "~/.emacs.d/themes/"))

To activate and use Nord Emacs as your default color theme load it in your init file:

(load-theme 'nord t)

To switch to the theme on-the-fly

  1. press M-x
  2. run the load-theme command
  3. type nord and confirm with


Your editor. Your style.

A unified UI and editor syntax element design provides a clutter-free and fluidly merging appearance.

Small details with unobtrusive styles.

Small details with unobtrusive styles for popular and common code editor features like search result marker and brace matching — designed to get out of your way with a visually attractive appearance.

Beautiful code to keep focused.

Support for a wide range of programming languages — from bundled languages up to many popular syntax third-party packages.

Configure it to fit your needs.

Theme configurations like different region highlight styles or uniform mode lines allow to customize the theme to match your personal preferences.


Nord is an open source project and we love to receive contributions from the community!

There are many ways to contribute, from writing- and improving documentation and tutorials, reporting bugs, submitting enhancement suggestions that can be added to Nord by submitting pull requests.

Please take a moment to read Nord's full contributing guide to learn about the development process, the project's used styleguides, branch organization and versioning model.

The guide also includes information about minimal, complete, and verifiable examples and other ways to contribute to the project like improving existing issues and giving feedback on issues and pull requests.

Copyright © 2016-present Arctic Ice Studio and Sven Greb

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