I am trying to get a "solarized dark" colorscheme to work with Vim on android. Vim itself runs, and the plugin itself runs, but the colorscheme comes out wrong. I am using jackpal.androidterm app (usually the first one you see if you search 'terminal' on google play). I have tried exporting nearly every terminal type, both through the app and throught a script and I have the app's colorscheme set to "solarized dark", however, the backround doesn't display properly.

Here are the Screenshots for it.

Due to limitations on new users, I pasted them in OneDrive. (They were packed in a document due to an odd bug when uploading with Dolphin.)

Also, It is worth noting that solarized "works" on the Android Terminal when TERM=xterm-256color. However, the limited solarized colorset has too little contrast and is just plain ugly. In addition, both systems have the same plugins and .vimrc:


syntax on
set number
set ruler

set nocompatible              " be iMproved, required
filetype off                  " required

 " set the runtime path to include Vundle and initialize
 set rtp+=~/.vim/bundle/Vundle.vim
call vundle#begin()
" alternatively, pass a path where Vundle should install plugins
call vundle#begin('~/some/path/here')

" let Vundle manage Vundle, required
 Plugin 'gmarik/Vundle.vim'

 Plugin 'altercation/vim-colors-solarized'
 Plugin 'bronson/vim-trailing-whitespace'

 " Unite
 " "   depend on vimproc
 " "   ------------- VERY IMPORTANT ------------
 " "   you have to go to .vim/plugin/vimproc.vim and do a ./make
 " "   -----------------------------------------
 Plugin 'Shougo/vimproc.vim'
 Plugin 'Shougo/unite.vim'

 Plugin 'rking/ag.vim'
 Plugin 'airblade/vim-gitgutter'
 Plugin 'tpope/vim-fugitive'
 Plugin 'junegunn/vim-easy-align'
 " All of your Plugins must be added before the following line
 call vundle#end()            " required
 " filetype plugin indent on    " required
 " To ignore plugin indent changes, instead use:
 filetype plugin on
 " "
 " " Brief help
 " " :PluginList       - lists configured plugins
 " " :PluginInstall    - installs plugins; append `!` to update or just
 " :PluginUpdate
 " " :PluginSearch foo - searches for foo; append `!` to refresh local cache
 " " :PluginClean      - confirms removal of unused plugins; append `!` to
 " auto-approve removal
 " "
 " " see :h vundle for more details or wiki for FAQ
 " " Put your non-Plugin stuff after this line

 " -- solarized personal conf
 set background=dark
     colorscheme solarized

 " Highlight 80th column
 if (exists('+colorcolumn'))
     set colorcolumn=80
         highlight ColorColumn ctermbg=9

 " bindings for unite--------------------------------------------------

 let g:unite_source_history_yank_enable = 1
   let g:unite_source_rec_async_command='ag --nocolor --nogroup -g ""'
   call unite#filters#matcher_default#use(['matcher_fuzzy'])
 " search a file in the filetree
 nnoremap <space><space> :split<cr> :<C-u>Unite -start-insert file_rec/async<cr>
 " reset not it is <C-l> normally
 :nnoremap <space>r <Plug>(unite_restart)

 " Bindings for Ag ------------------------------------------------------------
 " --- type ° to search the word in all files in the current dir
 nmap ° :Ag <c-r>=expand("<cword>")<cr><cr>
 nnoremap <space>/ :Ag

 " Easy align interactive--------------------------------------------------
 vnoremap <silent> <Enter> :EasyAlign<cr>

1 Answer 1


As per the screenshot of the desired color scheme, I can confirm that you can have such color scheme in Android. This is a rather indirect way but works fairly well.

Rather than using a terminal emulator I'm using an SSH client having color schemes. Three useful apps I found are JuiceSSH, Serverauditor and Reflection for Unix. I tested the first two apps.

Why SSH client you may ask? Because I stumbled across one of them and this question struck me as well. Anyhow, we need to host a simple and easy SSH server on your Android device.

I prefer Servers Ultimate Pro(paid) but you may use SSH Server(free) too. Both offered by same developer, though feel free to use any server app that can setup SSH server.


  1. Open any of these server apps and make an SSH server with credentials. It's extremely easy so no instructions are required here. However, you may take a look at this answer(Method #3) for basic know-how.

    A thing to note that free version will make your server available on all network interfaces (including cellular network) which one won't prefer for some reasons. That's why I use the paid version as it can limit it to or Wi-Fi easily.

  2. Install and launch JuiceSSH and enter SSH server details:

    • Addresss: (Only for Pro app, for free app the IP will be listed)
    • Identity → New → type Username and Password you created in step 1.
    • Port: you entered in step 1.

    Save it.

  3. Tap the new entry in connections and select Accept to accept server fingerprints.
  4. Solarized dark is available under its Settings → Theme/Colors.

    A look of this app in the said theme:

    Solarized dark on JuiceSSH

    (Click image to see larger variant.)

  5. If you want more options in color scheme then try Serverauditor(Solarized default) app. Its options are straightforward, but it did not work in my device on (no error, just blank toast).

    You may try it running on said address; could be device specific problem on my side. Otherwise, either use the cellular IP or if you're connected to Wifi/hotspot then use that one.

    A look of Serverauditor in Solarized dark theme:

    Serverauditor in Solarized dark theme

    (Click image to see larger variant.)

About JuiceSSH

The all in one terminal client for Android including SSH, Local Shell, Mosh and Telnet support.


  • Full colour terminal / ssh client
  • Popup keyboard with all those normally hard to find characters
  • Use the volume keys to quickly change font size
  • External keyboard support
  • Local Android terminal support
  • Dark, Light, 80's hacker, Molokai, Solarized Dark and Solarized Light terminal color themes ...

About Serverauditor

Serverauditor is the most innovative SSH client ever designed for a mobile device. With Serverauditor you can easily manage UNIX/Linux servers from your Android device on the go.

  • XTerm, VT100 and vanilla terminal types support
  • SSH key and password authentication
  • Built-in RSA/DSA key generator
  • Multiple SSH connections to the same host
  • Bluetooth keyboard support
  • Associate volume button or shaking gesture with actions, e.g Ctrl-Z or session closing
  • 8 awesome color schemes and adjustable font size
  • Automatic UNIX/Linux OS recognition, e.g Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, Mac OS X etc ...

Perhaps all of this can be avoided if only we can have a Terminal app with color schemes. Do let me know, otherwise this solution should be enough. :)

  • That is a confirmed solution to the problem. However, this terminal emulator I am trying to use does support colorschemes and it gets pretty close. Android Terminal Emulator - I would love to find a way to use it with that, since I really like the keybindings of that terminal emulator.
    – Raven King
    Jun 1, 2015 at 21:53
  • @deathbyfreezeray I just posted as an alternative since I felt there should be one. However, if you do happen to complete your solution then do post it as an answer, otherwise, you may accept/upvote this answer if you think it suffices.
    – Firelord
    Jun 1, 2015 at 21:57
  • I will update if I find anything but for now thanks, sadly I am too low reputation to upvote...
    – Raven King
    Jun 1, 2015 at 22:24

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