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A base 24 builder written in Python

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A base 24 builder written in Python

Thank you to (MIT) for the original base16-builder


As this project uses async/await syntax, the lowest supported Python version is 3.5.

Install With PIP

pip install base24builder

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There are three modes of operation:

./ update
./ build
./ inject

Basic Usage

If you just want to build all base24 colorschemes and then pick out the ones you need, simply run:

./ update
./ build

Once the process is finished, you can find all colorschemes in a folder named output located in the current working directory.

For a more detailed explanation of the individual commands, read on.


Downloads all base24/ base16 schemes and templates to the current working directory. The source files, i.e. the files pointing to the scheme and template repositories

will also be updated by default. If you want to use your own versions of these files (to exclude specific repositories, for example), you can prevent the builder from updating the source files by using the -c/--custom option.

You can use -v/--verbose for more detailed output.


Builds base24 colorschemes for all schemes and templates. This requires the directory structure and files created by the update operation to be present in the working directory. This operation accepts four parameters:

  • -s/--scheme restricts building to specific schemes

    Can be specified more than once. Each argument must match a scheme. Wildcards can be used but must be escaped properly so they are not expanded by the shell.

  • -t/--template restricts building to specific templates

    Can be specified more than once. Each argument must correspond to a folder name in the templates directory.

  • -o/--output specifies a path where built colorschemes will be placed

    If this option is not specified, an "output" folder in the current working directory will be created and used.

  • -v/--verbose increases verbosity

    With this option specified the builder prints out the name of each scheme as it's built.


./ build -t dunst -s atelier-heath-light -o /tmp/output


This operation provides an easier way to quickly insert a specific colorscheme into one or more config files. In order for the builder to locate the necessary files, this command relies on the folder structure created by the update command. The command accepts two parameters:

  • -s/--scheme specifies the scheme you wish to inject

    Refers to the scheme that should be inserted. You can use wildcards and the same restrictions as with update apply. A pattern that matches more than one scheme will cause an error.

  • -f/--file specifies the file(s) into which you wish the scheme to be inserted

    Can be specified more than once. Each argument must be specified as a path to a config file that features proper injection markers (see below).

You will need to prepare your configuration files so that the script knows where to insert the colorscheme. This is done by including two lines in the file

# %%base24_template: TEMPLATE_NAME##SUBTEMPLATE_NAME %%

Everything in-between these two lines will be replaced with the colorscheme.

# %%base24_template_end%%

Both lines can feature arbitrary characters before the first two percentage signs. This is so as to accomodate different commenting styles. Both lines need to end exactly as demonstrated above, however. "TEMPLATE_NAME" and "SUBTEMPLATE_NAME" are the exception to this. Replace TEMPLATE_NAME with the name of the template you wish to insert, for example "gnome-terminal". This must correspond to a folder in the templates directory. Replace SUBTEMPLATE_NAME with the name of the subtemplate as it is defined at the top level of the template's config.yaml file (see <>_ for details), for example "default-256". If you omit the subtemplate name (don't omit "##" though), "default" is assumed.

Specify the name of the scheme you wish to inject with the -s option. Use the -f option for each file into which you want to inject the scheme.

As an example, here's the command I use to globally change the color scheme in all applications that support it:

./ inject -s ocean -f ~/.gtkrc-2.0.mine -f ~/.config/dunst/dunstrc -f
~/.config/i3/config -f ~/.config/termite/config -f ~/.config/zathura/zathurarc


The program exits with exit code 1 if it encountered a general error and with 2 if one or more build or update tasks produced a warning or an error.

Language information

Built for

This program has been written for Python 3 and has been tested with Python version 3.8.0

Install Python on Windows


choco install python


To install Python, go to and download the latest version.

Install Python on Linux


sudo apt install python3.8

How to run

With VSCode

  1. Open the .py file in vscode
  2. Ensure a python 3.8 interpreter is selected (Ctrl+Shift+P > Python:Select Interpreter > Python 3.8)
  3. Run by pressing Ctrl+F5 (if you are prompted to install any modules, accept)

From the Terminal


How to update, build and publish

  1. Ensure you have installed the following dependencies Linux
    wget | python3.8
    wget | python3.8
    (wget -UseBasicParsing).Content | python
    (wget -UseBasicParsing).Content | python
  2. Use poetry for the heavy lifting and dephell to generate requirements
    poetry update
    dephell deps convert
  3. Build/ Publish
    poetry build
    poetry publish
    poetry publish --build



Using The Command Line

  1. Press the Clone or download button in the top right
  2. Copy the URL (link)
  3. Open the command line and change directory to where you wish to clone to
  4. Type 'git clone' followed by URL in step 2
$ git clone

More information can be found at

Using GitHub Desktop

  1. Press the Clone or download button in the top right
  2. Click open in desktop
  3. Choose the path for where you want and click Clone

More information can be found at

Download Zip File

  1. Download this GitHub repository
  2. Extract the zip archive
  3. Copy/ move to the desired location

If you don't want to clutter your computer with something that you're just going to use once you can also just clone this repository and use the provided file.

Community Files


MIT License (See the LICENSE for more information.)


See the Changelog for more information.

Code of Conduct

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to make participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone. Please see the Code of Conduct for more information.


Contributions are welcome, please see the Contributing Guidelines for more information.


Thank you for improving the security of the project, please see the Security Policy for more information.

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