I love Xcode 10 dark theme, but I'd like to keep the whole OS on light theme. But by default to have Xcode on Dark theme you have to set the whole OS to Dark.

How can I achieve this?


I found that solution: open terminal and paste following:

defaults write com.apple.dt.Xcode NSRequiresAquaSystemAppearance -bool FALSE

source: https://medium.com/@pawelurbanowicz/boost-your-productivity-with-macos-mojave-enable-dark-mode-for-xcode-only-33d86e452ea9

  • Doesn't have any effect for me, unfortunately :( – Grishka Oct 6 '18 at 1:10

You can use nightowl app to enable dark mode only for Xcode


There didn't seem to be anything that can be done using preferences and such, so I made a plugin for that: https://github.com/grishka/XcodeAppearanceSwitcher


On iOS you can

Temporarily opt out by including the UIUserInterfaceStyle key (with a value of Light) in your app’s Info.plist file

Source: https://developer.apple.com/documentation/appkit/supporting_dark_mode_in_your_interface/choosing_a_specific_interface_style_for_your_ios_app

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