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10 Most Popular Visual Studio Code (VS Code) Themes In 2021

Catalin Pit
·Mar 3, 2021·

6 min read

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Research reveals that Visual Studio Code is one of the most popular IDEs in the world. Actually, according to popular sources, VS Code is the most used IDE.

Thus, let's see the top ten famous Visual Studio Code (VS Code) themes if it is so popular. Hopefully, you can find a theme to make your coding sessions more enjoyable.

1. One Dark Pro

The VS Code theme, One Dark Pro, is the most popular theme on the marketplace. It has 3.3 million downloads and 4.5 out of 5 stars.

One Dark Pro VS Code Theme

2. Material Theme

Material Theme is the second most popular theme on the VS Code marketplace. It has 3,250,261 million installs and a rating of 4/5 stars.

The theme comes in multiple flavours, such as:

  • default theme (plus high contrast if you want)
  • darker (plus high contrast if you want)
  • pale night (plus high contrast if you want)
  • ocean (plus high contrast if you want)
  • lighter (plus high contrast if you want)

Material Theme VS Code Theme

The screenshot is an example of the pale night + high contrast.

3. Dracula Official

Dracula is one of my favourite dark themes. The colour combinations and everything is just great! That makes it the third most popular VS code theme, having:

  • 2,046,896 installs
  • 5 stars out of 5

Dracula VS Code Theme

What do you think? Does not it look beautiful?

4. Atom One Dark

The Atom One Dark theme is based on the theme from the Atom IDE. It only has one variant - dark.

It's a pretty popular VS code theme, sitting at 1,957,743 installs. It's also rated 5/5. Atom One Dark is an excellent theme if you miss Atom, but you don't want to go back to it!

Atom One Dark VS Code

5. Winter is Coming

The theme "Winter is Coming" is my favourite for two reasons:

  • I like its design a lot
  • I am a fan of Game of Thrones

It comes in three variants:

  1. Dark blue
  2. Dark black
  3. Light

Personally, I enjoy dark blue the most. The screenshot below illustrates the dark blue variant!

Winter is Coming VS Code Theme

6. Shades of Purple

Any purple lovers around here? If so, this theme is the perfect choice for you! I love the colour combinations.

The "Shades of Purple" theme is excellent, and it shows in the reviews - it has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. It also has close to 1 million downloads - 890,454.

Shades of Purple

7. Night Owl

A theme named "night owl", and a screenshot of a light theme? Yes! The "Night Owl" theme comes in two variants:

  • light
  • dark

It has 811,880 downloads and a rating of 5/5. That makes it one of the most popular VS code themes.

Night Owl VS Code Theme

8. One Monokai

The author describes the theme as a cross between Monokai and One Dark theme. It's a beautiful dark theme that comes in only one variant.

It has 789,648 installs and 5 stars out of 5.

One Monokai VS Code Theme

9. Ayu

Ayu is a simple and elegant theme. It has 765,858 installs and 4.5 out of 5 stars. The theme comes in three different flavours:

  • light
  • dark
  • mirage

Ayu VS Code Theme

The screenshot shows the theme when using the light variant.

10. Palenight Theme

The PaleNight theme has 500,317 installs and a rating of 5 stars out of 5. It feels justified, though. The theme is just beautiful!

Palenight VS Code Theme

Even though the theme has different options (operator, italic, mild contrast), it looks the same whatever variant you use!


These are the most popular Visual Studio Code themes. However, we would like to see your favourites too. Thus, we encourage you to reply with your favourites themes!