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If I create a theme, can I export it for import later or for distribution?

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  • $\begingroup$ Since there are import/export buttons very visable in the interface, IMHO this could be closed/marked as invalid. $\endgroup$
    – ideasman42
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 6:26
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    $\begingroup$ @ideasman42 but they won't appear in a vanilla installation, you manually have to enable the export theme addon, which isn't (to my knowledge) included in addons or addons_contrib by default at present. $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ @ideasman42 as zeffii said, not by default. I didn't even remember there was such an addon included (remember there are possibly over a hundred addons included with Blender). This is still quite a valid question as it is not something easily discoverable. $\endgroup$ Commented May 23, 2013 at 14:48

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The themes are saved as an XML file under scripts/presets/interface_theme. You can manually navigate to there and grab the XML files.

Installing a theme is easier, you can use the install Theme... button in user preference panel.

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Open User Preferences, go to Themes, change stuff and then click on the plus symbol next to the theme selection button:

there's the button

Next, type in a name for the file (without extension):

naming dialog

Click OK and you should be able to find the file (XML file, in this case "the_best_theme.xml") in one of the following folders (depending on operating system):

Windows

%APPDATA%\Blender Foundation\Blender\[YOUR VERSION]\scripts\presets\interface_theme\

Mac OSX

/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Blender/[YOUR VERSION]/scripts/presets/interface_theme/

Linux

$HOME/.config/blender/[YOUR VERSION]/scripts/presets/interface_theme/

If it is not in one of them, it might be in the subdirectory .../scripts/presets/interface_theme/ of some other configuration directory as descibed here: https://www.blender.org/manual/getting_started/installing/configuration/directories.html

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in OSX you will find the xml files you've saved in

/Users/your_user_name/Library/Application Support/Blender/2.65/scripts/presets/interface_theme

I don't know what OS you're on but this helped me on OSX.

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