Thursday, 5 June 2008

A !Zap colour scheme for Vim

It's common knowledge that Vi (well, Vim) is the best editor in the world, with no exception. I have used Vim for the majority of my programming career, and I love it. It's as much a way of thinking - a way of life - as it is an editor.

Before using Vim, when incarcerated on Acorn computers, I used an editor called Zap (or !Zap if you're that way inclined). It was a really powerful little beast, with great support for different filetypes and awesome syntax highlighting. It was the power of Zap that forced me to look for a similarly powerful editor... Vim.

Ever since my move to Vim I've been using a custom colour scheme that made Vim look more Zap-like. A few other people have used it over the years, but it's always been a few random lines pasted into my .vimrc file, rather than a proper Vim colourscheme.

Well, that is, until now. Vim users rejoice, here is my Zap colorscheme file for Vim. Save this as ~/.vim/colours/zap.vim and then add "colorscheme zap" to your ~/.vimrc file.


" =============================================================================
" Name: zap
" Purpose: Zap-like colour scheme
" Maintainer: Pete Goodliffe (
" Last change: January 2008
" =============================================================================

" Zap is an archaic editor from RISC OS (an archaic computer)
" But it was great.

" =============================================================================
" Preamble
" =============================================================================

set background=dark

hi clear

if exists("syntax-on")
syntax reset

let colors_name = "zap"

" =============================================================================
" Vim >= 7.0 specific colours
" =============================================================================

if version >= 700
hi CursorLine term=underline cterm=underline guibg=#111133
" hi CursorColoumn
" hi MatchParen
" hi Pmenu
" hi PmenuSel

" =============================================================================
" General colours
" =============================================================================

hi Normal guibg=Black guifg=White ctermbg=Black ctermfg=White
hi Cursor gui=none guibg=White guifg=Black ctermbg=White ctermfg=Black

hi Folded guifg=Orange guibg=DarkBlue
hi FoldColumn guifg=Orange guibg=DarkBlue

" The following values have never been set by my vimrc, but this these are the
" default values that I end up using...

"NonText xxx gui=bold term=bold cterm=bold ctermfg=4 gui=bold guifg=Blue
"LineNr xxx term=underline cterm=bold ctermfg=3 guifg=Yellow

"hi StatusLine xxx term=bold,reverse cterm=bold,reverse gui=bold,reverse
"hi StatusLineNC xxx term=reverse cterm=reverse gui=reverse
"hi VertSplit xxx term=reverse cterm=reverse gui=reverse
"hi Title xxx term=bold cterm=bold ctermfg=5 gui=bold guifg=Magenta
"hi Visual xxx term=reverse cterm=reverse guibg=DarkGrey
"hi SpecialKey xxx term=bold cterm=bold ctermfg=4 guifg=Cyan

" =============================================================================
" Syntax highlighting
" =============================================================================

hi Comment gui=none term=bold guifg=Green ctermfg=Green
hi Todo gui=bold term=bold guibg=yellow guifg=black
hi Constant term=underline guifg=#8dffff
hi Identifier gui=bold term=underline guifg=#ffff60
hi Function gui=none guifg=#ffcabd
hi Type gui=bold term=underline guifg=#aaaa00
hi Statement term=bold guifg=#ffff20
hi PreProc term=underline guifg=#00bbff ctermfg=LightBlue
hi Special term=bold guifg=Orange

hi Search gui=underline guifg=#fe0000 guibg=#553333
hi QtClass guifg=Orange ctermfg=LightBlue
Oh, and if you're looking for an excellent version of Vim that runs on Mac OS, the check out MacVim.


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Unknown said...

Very informative post. Keep up the good work. I would really look forward to your other posts

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