rsthemes: Customizing your RStudio IDE

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Change up your editor theme with {rsthemes}, a collection of themes to freshen up the RStudio IDE aesthetics.

Javier Orraca (Scatter Podcast)

Feel like freshening up your RStudio IDE? Check out the rsthemes package by Garrick Aden-Buie to explore and apply different themes. For the last year or so, I’ve been enjoying the “base16 Ashes” theme at work and home. I prefer the “One Dark” theme on Atom / Juno for my Julia setup, But I’m starting to feel like I should use “One Dark” across the board. 🤓

This package is not yet on CRAN, so you’ll have to install via devtools::install_github(). See installation and usage code below, pulled from the rsthemes GitHub:

# Instructions assume devtools is installed)

# Install custom themes + additional set of base16-based themes
rsthemes::install_rsthemes(include_base16 = TRUE)

# list installed themes

# Try all themes

# Try just the light, dark, or base16 themes, e.g.

# Use a theme
rstudioapi::applyTheme("One Dark {rsthemes}")



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  author = {Orraca, Javier},
  title = {Javier Orraca: rsthemes: Customizing your RStudio IDE},
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  year = {2021}