Named Colors

The Adwaita stylesheet provides a number of predefined colors that can be used from applications.

UI Colors

These colors are used throughout the UI. They can differ between the light and dark styles.

Many colors are grouped as background/foreground pairs. These colors are always meant to be used together as the background and foreground color, for example:

my-widget {
  background-color: @accent_bg_color;
  color: @accent_fg_color;
}

Some colors also have standalone versions. They are similar to the background version, but provide better contrast when used as foreground colors on top of a neutral background - for example, colorful text in a window.

my-widget {
  color: @accent_color;
}

Standalone colors are typically darker than the corresponding background color for the light style, and lighter than the background for the dark style.

Applications can override any of these colors by re-declaring them, for example:

@define-color accent_color #c01c28;
@define-color accent_bg_color #e01b24;

Accent Colors

The accent color is used across many different widgets, often to indicate that a widget is important, interactive, or currently active. Try to avoid using it on large surfaces, or on too many items on the same view.

The .accent style class allows to use it for widgets such as GtkLabel.

Name Light Dark
@accent_color
#1c71d8
#78aeed
@accent_bg_color
#3584e4
#3584e4
@accent_fg_color
#ffffff
#ffffff

Destructive Colors

The destructive color indicates a dangerous action, such as deleting a file. It’s used by GtkButton with the .destructive-action style class.

Name Light Dark
@destructive_color
#c01c28
#ff7b63
@destructive_bg_color
#e01b24
#c01c28
@destructive_fg_color
#ffffff
#ffffff

Success Colors

This color is used with the .success style class, or in a GtkLevelBar with the GTK_LEVEL_BAR_OFFSET_HIGH offset.

Name Light Dark
@success_color
#26a269
#8ff0a4
@success_bg_color
#2ec27e
#26a269
@success_fg_color
#ffffff
#ffffff

Warning Colors

This color is used with the .warning style class, or in a GtkLevelBar with the GTK_LEVEL_BAR_OFFSET_LOW offset.

Name Light Dark
@warning_color
#ae7b03
#f8e45c
@warning_bg_color
#e5a50a
#cd9309
@warning_fg_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)

Error Colors

This color is used with the .error style class.

Name Light Dark
@error_color
#c01c28
#ff7b63
@error_bg_color
#e01b24
#c01c28
@error_fg_color
#ffffff
#ffffff

Window Colors

These colors are used on GtkWindow, as well as with the .background style class.

Name Light Dark
@window_bg_color
#fafafa
#242424
@window_fg_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)
#ffffff

View Colors

These colors are used in a variety of widgets such as GtkTextView, as well as with the .view style class.

Name Light Dark
@view_bg_color
#ffffff
#1e1e1e
@view_fg_color
#000000
#ffffff

Header Bar Colors

These colors are used for GtkHeaderBar, as well as widgets that are meant to be visually attached to it, such as GtkSearchBar or AdwTabBar, unless they have the .inline style class.

Name Light Dark
@headerbar_bg_color
#ebebeb
#303030
@headerbar_fg_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)
#ffffff
@headerbar_border_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)
#ffffff
@headerbar_backdrop_color
#fafafa
#242424
@headerbar_shade_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.07)
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.36)

@headerbar_border_color has the same default value as @headerbar_fg_color, but doesn’t change along with it. This can be useful if a light window has a dark header bar with light text; in this case it may be desirable to keep the border dark. This variable is only used for vertical borders - for example, separators between the 2 header bars in a split header bar layout.

@headerbar_backdrop_color is used instead of @headerbar_bg_color when the window is not focused. By default it’s an alias of @window_bg_color and changes together with it. When overriding header bar colors, make sure to set it to a value matching your @headerbar_bg_color.

@headerbar_shade_color is used by to provide a dark border for header bars and similar widgets. This color should always be partially transparent black.

Card Colors

These colors are used for cards and boxed lists.

Name Light Dark
@card_bg_color
#ffffff
rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.08)
@card_fg_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)
#ffffff
@card_shade_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.07)
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.36)

The card styles use a shadow to separate the card from the window background. @card_shade_color is used by this shadow. This color should always be partially transparent black, with the opacity tuned to be well visible on top of @window_bg_color.

Dialog Colors

These colors are used for AdwMessageDialog.

Name Light Dark
@dialog_bg_color
#fafafa
#383838
@dialog_fg_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)
#ffffff

Since: 1.2

Popover Colors

These colors are used for GtkPopover.

Name Light Dark
@popover_bg_color
#ffffff
#383838
@popover_fg_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8)
#ffffff

Miscellaneous Colors

Name Light Dark
@shade_color
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.07)
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.36)
@scrollbar_outline_color
#ffffff
rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5)

@shade_color is used by AdwTabBar with the .inline style class, as well as the transitions in AdwLeaflet and AdwFlap and GtkInfoBar borders. This color should always be partially transparent black, with the opacity tuned to be well visible on top of @window_bg_color.

@scrollbar_outline_color is used by GtkScrollbar to ensure that overlay scrollbars are visible regardless of the content color. It should always be the opposite of the scrollbar color - light with a dark scrollbar and dark with a light scrollbar.

Helper Colors

The following colors are derived from the current foreground color (currentColor) and change between regular and high contrast modes. They should be used to support the high contrast mode automatically.

Name Regular High contrast
@borders alpha(currentColor, 0.15) alpha(currentColor, 0.5)

Palette Colors

The stylesheet provides the full GNOME color palette as the following set of named colors:

Name Value
@blue_1 #99c1f1
@blue_2 #62a0ea
@blue_3 #3584e4
@blue_4 #1c71d8
@blue_5 #1a5fb4
@green_1 #8ff0a4
@green_2 #57e389
@green_3 #33d17a
@green_4 #2ec27e
@green_5 #26a269
@yellow_1 #f9f06b
@yellow_2 #f8e45c
@yellow_3 #f6d32d
@yellow_4 #f5c211
@yellow_5 #e5a50a
@orange_1 #ffbe6f
@orange_2 #ffa348
@orange_3 #ff7800
@orange_4 #e66100
@orange_5 #c64600
@red_1 #f66151
@red_2 #ed333b
@red_3 #e01b24
@red_4 #c01c28
@red_5 #a51d2d
@purple_1 #dc8add
@purple_2 #c061cb
@purple_3 #9141ac
@purple_4 #813d9c
@purple_5 #613583
@brown_1 #cdab8f
@brown_2 #b5835a
@brown_3 #986a44
@brown_4 #865e3c
@brown_5 #63452c
@light_1 #ffffff
@light_2 #f6f5f4
@light_3 #deddda
@light_4 #c0bfbc
@light_5 #9a9996
@dark_1 #77767b
@dark_2 #5e5c64
@dark_3 #3d3846
@dark_4 #241f31
@dark_5 #000000

Compatibility Colors

A number of colors has been available in Adwaita in GTK3. They are aliases of UI colors or otherwise derived from them:

Name Value
@theme_bg_color @window_bg_color
@theme_fg_color @window_fg_color
@theme_base_color @view_bg_color
@theme_text_color @view_fg_color
@theme_selected_bg_color @accent_bg_color
@theme_selected_fg_color @accent_fg_color
@insensitive_bg_color mix(@window_bg_color, @view_bg_color, 0.4)
@insensitive_fg_color alpha(@window_fg_color, 0.5)
@insensitive_base_color @view_bg_color
@theme_unfocused_bg_color @window_bg_color
@theme_unfocused_fg_color @window_fg_color
@theme_unfocused_base_color @view_bg_color
@theme_unfocused_text_color @view_fg_color
@theme_unfocused_selected_bg_color @accent_bg_color
@theme_unfocused_selected_fg_color @accent_fg_color
@unfocused_insensitive_color @insensitive_bg_color
@unfocused_borders @borders