SecureCRT Gets Solarized

The latest releases of SecureCRT 8.3 and SecureCRT for iOS 2.1 offer an updated set of built-in ANSI color schemes. When product development was planning which color schemes to include, Solarized was the first on the list.

Solarized color schemes, introduced in 2011 by Ethan Schoonover, are enormously popular with coders and others who spend a lot of time in the terminal window.

Perhaps one reason for the success of Solarized is that Schoonover was motivated to create them by his dissatisfaction with existing text editor color schemes. He spent six months applying his design skills and aesthetics to perfecting his color palettes, which are designed for syntax highlighting and come in light or dark modes to accommodate different lighting environments (1). These well-designed color schemes can make the terminal workspace more efficient, easier to visually scan, and reduce eye strain.

In addition to his work as a designer, marketer, photographer, and educator, Schoonover is known for his work on Kinkless GTD, an add-on to Omni Outliner that enabled implementation of the “Getting Things Done” organizational system. Schoonover and Merlin Mann (another early GTD evangelist) were subsequently brought in to the Omni Group to turn Kinkless into what would become the OmniFocus task manager (2)(3)(4).

With Solarized support in SecureCRT 8.3 and SecureCRT for iOS 2.1, you can choose between Solarized Light, Dark, and Darcula. It’s easy to select a Solarized color scheme in the Session Options dialog. SecureCRT also allows you to create and save additional color schemes with customized foreground, background, and ANSI colors, but if you want to save yourself some effort, Solarized seems to be standing the test of time.

SecureCRT with Solarized color scheme

I love the new color schemes. They are invaluable to my work environment on both my laptop and my desktop. The Solarized Dark color scheme has significantly reduced my eye strain and focuses my attention where it’s needed.

Michael Dahlberg, UNIX Systems Administrator,


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