Vim Color Scheme: Hemisu

Development 13/11/2011

Introducing Hemisu, a color scheme for the command-line editor Vim, that comes in two flavors (dark and light) and nicely complements Peppermint.

A screen shot of Hemisu on the desktop

The dark and light themes running in MacVim


  • Two modes: one optimized for daytime, the other optimized for low light conditions
  • Made to work with both GUIs (gui) and 256-color terminals (cterm)
  • Provides harmonious colors and styles for all predefined UI elements and syntax groups


To install and use this color scheme, move the file hemisu.vim into your colors directory (e.g., ~/.vim/colors/).

The color scheme comes in two flavors, dark and light. To toggle between the two modes, set the background in Vim:

set background=dark
set background=light

To enable syntax highlighting and use the color scheme automatically when you start Vim, add the following to your .vimrc:

syntax on
colorscheme hemisu


Hemisu is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

See the link below for the repository on, which includes these instructions and the .vim file, and check out the dedicated page. Feel free to leave a comment to report any bugs you find or just to let me know you’re using it.

Comments 1

  1. Tom says:

    just wanted to say Thank You for this great scheme! Actually it’s my new favorite, as good or even better than Solarized.

    BTW: Your download link on the main page points to an empty github directory ( (NF: fixed.)

    Best regards