Nord: Modern Design Color Theme Palette for Your Terminal

Nord Modern Color Palette for Linux
Written by Divine

Nord is a minimal flat design theme pattern created to enhance your work experience by improving focus and readability for code syntax highlighting and UI.

It has 4 main colors namely Polar Night, Snow Storm, Frost, and Aurora, which are further partitioned into a total of 16 dimmed pastel. It has been used to style so many things including iTerm, Hyper Terminal, and Intelli J IDE, among others.

Nord Scrot Top

Nord Scrot Top

Nord IntelliJ

Nord on IntelliJ

Nord on iTerm2

Nord on iTerm2

Features of Nord

  • Availability in various formats including .aco, .ase, and .gpl.
  • Stress-free porting to various projects including Atom UI, gedit, PuTTY,, e.t.c.
  • Eye-comfortable and colorful ambiance.
  • A naming convention that allows for uncomplicated usage in terminals and similar projects e.g. base16.

How to Use Nord Color Palette

Check out the lots of all the available Gulp tasks by running gulp or gulp help in your terminal. Make sure you have gulp installed on the system, if not install it as shown:

$ sudo apt-get install nodejs npm
$ sudo npm install gulp-cli -g
$ sudo npm install gulp -D
$ touch gulpfile.js
$ gulp --help

For more information on how to use Nord, check out their official docs at:


Are you already a Nord user? What has been your experience with it so far? Or perhaps this will be the first time you’ll be giving it a try.

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There are other color palettes in the market but this is the coolest I’ve seen so far. So if you know any others that can compete with Nord for the theming award please feel free to make your suggestions in the comment section.


About the author


Divine is a graduate student who loves the Open Source community. With 700+ articles under his belt, he continues to recommend the best software that the app market has to offer while tackling several topics in IT.