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Is MathWorks working on a dark mode for MATLAB similar to what Visual Studio offers?

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Sai Vemu
Sai Vemu on 9 May 2018
Commented: Marlon Trujillo on 15 Sep 2020 at 21:37
Visual Studio's dark mode changes the background color for all the toolbars and all over the UI. The most that can be obtained with MATLAB is to change the background color settings of text,editors and workspace windows. There are many tools that helps achieve this like Scott lowe's version shared on community here MATLAB Schemer Is MathWorks working on a dark mode to achieve complete UI dark mode unlike the patch work that is available now?

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Dana Mozaffari
Dana Mozaffari on 20 May 2020
I fully get behind what has already been said. This is a must feature, right now I have to work on my scripts on visual studio code, instead of matlab and that's very annoying

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the cyclist
the cyclist on 9 May 2018
After reading only your title, I quickly answered "you can use MATLAB Schemer". Then I read the full text of your post. :-)
I kinda doubt that MathWorks is working on this. If there is something specific you want that is missing from MATLAB Schemer, I think your better bet would be to edit that yourself, or post a request to the FEX. Scott is actively responding to comments on the FEX, so maybe you have a chance?

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Steffen Pe
Steffen Pe on 16 Jan 2019
I also really hope they add dark mode. with automatic day/night switch and a button in the action bar

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Florian  Besten
Florian Besten on 17 Feb 2019
I also hope for this! Maybe already 2019a or 2019b?

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Irem Altan
Irem Altan on 16 Aug 2020
I mean how hard could it be? I bet mathworks devs are developing matlab using dark mode on their preferred IDE.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 16 Aug 2020
It could be a lot of work. It might be the case that a lot of different routines hard-code the colors, and that every one of those routines would have to be tracked down and converted to use a preferences system. And that at the same time, Mathworks is very likely working on rewriting major components of the IDE to remove reliance on Java. If you were setting budgets, would you consider it a wise investment to spend a bunch of time patching up a layer of code that you intend to get rid of as soon as feasible ?

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Benedict Bauer
Benedict Bauer on 28 Sep 2019
I also hope that Mathworks is working on a dark mode.
It would be really nice especially in Simulink!

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Keiland Cooper
Keiland Cooper on 30 Aug 2019
Right now it seems the only way is via preferences or schemer. I hope that they work on this, as most code editors now offer it.

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saar nehemia
saar nehemia on 6 Mar 2020
I also hope MATLAB will have a complete dark mode (including toolbars and all).
right now, it is only possible to change the text and panels but not the borders... It doesn't look very well

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 9 May 2018
The Mathworks generally doesn't reveal in advance what feature enhancements they have planned. If they are working on such a feature you'll probably only know about it when it's released, either in pre-release/beta, or in the official release.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 14 Apr 2020
NO.
This is not going to happen.
Pay attention to the changes in the graphics system, to the enhancements of App Designer and Web Figures. Mathworks is busy rewriting the entire UI and many Apps to use that new design, getting rid of Java. Within 3 years the UI replacements will be introduced and the existing UI will become legacy. Mathworks is too busy working to get rid of the existing UI to work on enhancements to the existing UI such as Dark Mode.
The new UI might perhaps have Dark Mode; I cannot make a prediction about that.

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Abdolkarim Mohammadi-Balani
I think Walter has indirectly answered the question (assuming he knows everything): Mathworks will work on dark theme as soon as it is fully done replacing the new UI. And this is logical. You first write and verify a new code and then enhance details like dark theme. But at that time, I might not be able to use dark theme because I will be writing codes using Braille font :)
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 17 Jul 2020
I'm not sure how many of you've noticed so far, but the Answers forum does have a dark mode for the code blocks. Click on the icon in the upper right corner of the gray code blocks. Only for code blocks, not for the rest of the page.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 17 Jul 2020
At some point I saw a hint that Mathworks is working on a darkmode, but I did not hear anything about how extensive it would be or what graphics systems would cover or timeframe.

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Jan
Jan on 19 May 2019
I'm using Matlab Schemer from the FileExchange successfully and I'm happy with it. Unfortunately I cannot set Windows to the dark mode, because then the dialogs for saving or loading files are not displayed anymore.

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Leonhard Lücken
Leonhard Lücken on 21 Apr 2020
Would be great to have dark toolbar, window decorations, etc! And the Live Editor seems to be resistant to scheming entirely... :(

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saar nehemia
saar nehemia on 22 Apr 2020
Totally agree. It would be really great to have a Dark mode like almost any programming enviroment today :)

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Varun Bansal
Varun Bansal on 15 Sep 2020 at 21:16
After spending few days with burning eyes, I went into control panel and selected 'Invert color' option in windows, and now my Matlab bg is all black :) looks like a nice turbo C window

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