Menu and buttons with a dark Theme

Bottom line: Make JabRef colors configurable.

I am using the Arch dark theme on Ubuntu, and then the JabRef menu looks hidden in the dark on my window.

I can hardly recognize those buttons anymore, neither can I find the place to reset it to a better theme on JabRef.

Any idea to make the JabRef buttons visible? Thanks,

Please vote if you support this proposal:

  • I would like to have this feature, too!
  • I don’t care.

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The current 3.8.1 coloring is the “Christinas Edition” which will be reverted to the normal colors in the next Release. If you don’t want to wait you can use the current dev builds from

However, I’ll consider adding a preference option to allow customizing the colors of enabled/disabled Icons.


Yeah, I also prefer to have these options.

I converted this thread to a feature request.

I am color blind and the current red/green schema puts a lot of cognitive strain on me, because the colors are barely distinguishable for me. The old menu schema was much better. Reversion to the old schema or an option to configure the color schema will solve this.

Hi Matthias!

Sorry for this inconvenience. The current red/green color scheme was just a small gag for a “christmas edition” of JabRef.
The next released version will be in the “normal” color scheme again - and as pointed out above you can just use the current developments builds with the normal colors.

Okay guys!

We just implemented the feature at JabCon 2017. You can try it out by now using a dev build available from

You find the new configuration possibilities in Options -> Preferences -> Appearance.

Disclaimer: We are currently moving to JabRef 4.0.0 which will partially be using another UI technology (JavaFX). Thus, some features might not exactly behave as before and as expected. So please backup your data (and settings) before trying out the dev build.

Best Regards from Lugano,