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🫖 Monokai NighTasty

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🐧 Description

A dark/light theme for Neovim based on the Monokai color palette. This theme is born from a mix between the code of the great tokyonight.nvim and the palette of the flavorful vim-monokai-tasty.


🌆 Features

  • Infused with the Monokai palette for a vibrant, distraction-free coding experience.
  • Avoid eye strain by seamlessly toggling between clear and dark styles at your fingertips, whether you're at your station or out in the wild.
  • Support for popular plugins like treesitter, cmp, telescope, gitsigns, lualine, indent-blankline, which-key, notify, noice, todo-comments and more.
  • Highly customizable for your coding needs.

📷 Screenshots

🌙 Dark Theme

Dark Theme

☀️ Light Theme

Light Theme

💨 Dark Theme with transparent background:

Transparent Dark Theme

📽 Settings in action


📋 Requirements

📦 Installation

Install with your package manager.

-- Lazy
  lazy = false,
  priority = 1000,

🛠️ Usage/Configuration

Basic usage

No need to use the setup() function, just set the colorscheme:

vim.opt.background = "dark" -- default to dark or light style

💡 Toggle function

The Dark/light styles could be toggled by calling the provided function:


In Lua:



  options = { theme = "monokai-nightasty" },

⚙️ Advanced configuration

⚠️ Set the configuration BEFORE calling colorscheme monokai-nightasty.

Full defaults:

Monokai Nightasty comes with these defaults:

  dark_style_background = "default", -- default, dark, transparent, #color
  light_style_background = "default", -- default, dark, transparent, #color
  sidebars = { "qf", "help" }, -- Set a darker background on sidebar-like windows. For example: `["qf", "vista_kind", "terminal", "packer"]`
  hl_styles = {
    -- Style to be applied to different syntax groups. See `:help nvim_set_hl`
    comments = { italic = true },
    keywords = { italic = false },
    functions = {},
    variables = {},
    -- Background styles for sidebars (panels) and floating windows:
    floats = "default", -- default, dark, transparent
    sidebars = "default", -- default, dark, transparent

  color_headers = false, -- Enable header colors for each header level (h1, h2, etc.)
  dim_inactive = false, -- dims inactive windows
  hide_inactive_statusline = false, -- Hide inactive statuslines and replace them with a thin border instead. Should work with the standard **StatusLine** and **LuaLine**.
  lualine_bold = true, -- Lualine headers will be bold or regular.
  lualine_style = "default", -- "dark", "light" or "default" (default follows dark/light style)
  markdown_header_marks = false, -- Add headers marks highlights (the `#` character) to Treesitter highlight query

  -- Set the colors for terminal-mode. Could be a boolean, a table or a function that returns a table.
  -- Could be `true` to enable defaults, a function like `function(colors) return { Normal = { fg = colors.fg_dark } }`
  -- or directly a table like `{ Normal = { fg = "#e6e6e6" } }`.
  terminal_colors = true,

  --- You can override specific color groups to use other groups or a hex color
  --- function will be called with the Monokai ColorScheme table
  ---@param colors ColorScheme
  on_colors = function(colors) end,

  --- You can override specific highlights to use other groups or a hex color
  --- function will be called with the Monokai Highlights and ColorScheme table
  ---@param highlights Highlights
  ---@param colors ColorScheme
  on_highlights = function(highlights, colors) end,

Full configuration example (for Lazy):

return {
  lazy = false,
  priority = 1000,
  keys = {
    { "<leader>tt", "<Cmd>MonokaiToggleLight<CR>", desc = "Monokai-Nightasty: Toggle dark/light theme." },
  opts = {
    dark_style_background = "transparent", -- default, dark, transparent, #color
    light_style_background = "default", -- default, dark, transparent, #color
    color_headers = true, -- Enable header colors for each header level (h1, h2, etc.)
    lualine_bold = true, -- Lualine a and z sections font width
    lualine_style = "default", -- "dark", "light" or "default" (Follows dark/light style)
    -- Style to be applied to different syntax groups. See `:help nvim_set_hl`
    hl_styles = {
      keywords = { italic = true },
      comments = { italic = true },

    -- This also could be a table like this: `terminal_colors = { Normal = { fg = "#e6e6e6" } }`
    terminal_colors = function(colors)
      return { Normal = { fg = colors.fg_dark } }

    --- You can override specific color/highlights. Theme color values
    --- in `extras/palettes`. Also could be any hex RGB color you like.
    on_colors = function(colors)
      -- Custom color only for light theme
      local current_is_light = vim.o.background == "light"
      colors.comment = current_is_light and "#2d7e79" or colors.grey
      -- Custom color only for dark theme
      colors.border = not current_is_light and colors.magenta or colors.border
      -- Custom lualine normal color
      colors.lualine.normal_bg = current_is_light and "#7ebd00" or colors.green
    on_highlights = function(highlights, colors)
      -- You could add styles like bold, underline, italic
      highlights.TelescopeSelection = { bold = true }
      highlights.TelescopeBorder = { fg = colors.grey }
      highlights["@lsp.type.property.lua"] = { fg = colors.fg }
  config = function(_, opts)
    -- Highlight line at the cursor position
    vim.opt.cursorline = true

    -- Default to dark theme
    vim.o.background = "dark"  -- dark | light


🔍 Colors and Highlights

How the plugin setup the highlights and colors under the hood:

  1. colors are loaded from the base palette. The colors of the light style are set in colors.light_palette. If vim.o.background == "light" is detected, then the default palette is overridden with the light palette values.

  2. Then, colors is extended and adjusted following the configuration settings.

  3. After that, config.on_colors(colors) is called, overriding any matching color.

  4. The highlight groups are set using the generated colors.

  5. Finally, config.on_highlights(highlights, colors) can be used to override highlight groups.

To get the name of a highlight group or to find the used color, here are some alternatives:

  1. Use :Inspect to get info of the highlight group at the current position.
  2. Check the generated palettes in the extras.
  3. For the theme with the color names instead of the colors code, you could check directly the theme.lua or colors.lua files inside the lua/monokai-nightasty/ directory.

You could set colors for light or dark themes using boolean logic:

on_colors = function(colors)
  local is_light = vim.o.background == "light"
  colors.comment = is_light and "#2d7e79" or colors.grey
  colors.border = not is_light and colors.magenta or colors.border

🧩 Extras

Currently this extra files are generated:

The Monokai Nightasty Palette is a file with the used colors and highlights.

To use the generated config files with the corresponding external tool, check the extras folder, copy, link or reference the file in each setting. Refer to the respective program documentation.

Markdown files

Nvim Tressiter no longer provide highlight captures for the headers # marks. This plugin will provide them for as long as they work, or until nvim-treesitter provides any way to highlight them.

To enable this feature, set the markdown_header_marks option to true (defaults to false).

Disabled Enabled
Disabled TS custom query Enabled TS custom query


Just source the theme file:

source-file 'path/to/monokai-nightasty_dark.tmux'

Fix undercurls in Tmux

If the undercurls or colors are not being properly displayed within Tmux, add the following to your config file:

# Undercurl
set -as terminal-features ",xterm-256color:RGB" # or: set -g default-terminal "${TERM}"
set -as terminal-overrides ',*:Smulx=\E[4::%p1%dm'  # undercurl support
set -as terminal-overrides ',*:Setulc=\E[58::2::%p1%{65536}%/%d::%p1%{256}%/%{255}%&%d::%p1%{255}%&%d%;m'  # underscore colours - needs tmux-3.0

🚀 Using with other plugins

You could import the color palette to use with other plugins:

local colors = require("monokai-nightasty.colors").setup()

some_plugin_config.title = colors.blue_light
example_plugin_config = {
  foo = colors.bg_dark,
  bar = colors.blue_light,

Some color utility functions are available for your use:

local colors = require("monokai-nightasty.colors").setup()
local util = require("monokai-nightasty.util")

some_plugin_config.example = util.lighten(colors.bg, 0.5)
some_plugin_config.another = util.darken(colors.bg, 0.3)

🎨 Color Palettes

🌃 Dark Style

Color name Hex code Render
Yellow #ffff87 #ffff87
Purple #af87ff #af87ff
Green #a4e400 #a4e400
Blue #62d8f1 #62d8f1
Magenta #fc1a70 #fc1a70
Orange #ff9700 #ff9700

🏙️ Light Style

Color name Hex code Render
Yellow #ff8f00 #ff8f00
Purple #6054d0 #6054d0
Green #4fb000 #4fb000
Blue #00b3e3 #00b3e3
Magenta #ff004b #ff004b
Orange #ff4d00 #ff4d00

🌱 Contributions

This plugin is made mainly for my personal use, but suggestions, issues, or pull requests are very welcome.