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

  • $\begingroup$ 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.


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):


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


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


$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


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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