How can I enable dark theme of GUI? I can not believe that it is not possible. As I googled - theming was possible at the past but now for security reasons I need look to the bright screen at night.

Quote from flavours.interacto.net: Apple introduced a new security policy on OS X El Capitan, preventing every process (even privileged ones) from modifying system files, either on filesystem or dynamically at runtime.

No workaround?

  • The new "security policy" as you call it can easily be disabled. So it's not really a problem in practice. Just boot into recovery mode and run "csrutil disable" from a Terminal. You can enable it again after changing the necessary system files.
    – jksoegaard
    Aug 1, 2016 at 7:30

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I can suggest the following:

  1. You could use the Freeware 'XtraFinder' (http://www.trankynam.com/xtrafinder). There is a workaround for OSX 10.11 to enable and it works great. I use it for File- and Folder Colors/Labels, a feature i missed very much and now i got it back ;-) The function you are looking for is "bright Text on dark background" for which you can define the colors to your liking for the window content. You cannot change the color of the window Frame, Title and Tabs, though.
  2. You could use the commercial 'Pathfinder' (http://www.cocoatech.com/pathfinder/). It's often promoted as a Finder-Replacement and has tons of useful functions. One of them is hidden in the Preferences - the "Appearance"-Settings. Here you can configure nearly all display elements of PF. They offer a 30 Day Trial.

I hope one of these help you solve your Problem.

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