Application style can be configured in the Appearance configuration tab and using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Appearance Configuration

The Appearance tab in configuration dialog allows to change font and colors of the item list and other GUI elements in the main window.

By default, only the item list and internal item editor style is changed. To change theme of whole the main window (menu bar, tool bar, tabs) and menus, enable option “Set colors for tabs, tool bar and menus”.


Some desktop environments handle the tray menu style by themselves and it cannot be changed in CopyQ.

You can change style in more detail by using “Edit Theme” button.

Style Sheets

The appearance options are the used in application CSS files installed with CopyQ (e.g. placeholders in the files like ${font}). You can list the theme installation path with copyq info themes command.

To override a CSS file, copy the file to your configuration directory under themes subdirectory. For example, override the style sheet for the item list:

$ copyq info themes

$ copyq info config

$ cp /usr/share/copyq/themes/items.css /home/me/.config/copyq/themes/

$ $EDITOR /home/me/.config/copyq/themes/items.css

To reload the style sheets, you need to restart CopyQ or go to the configuration dialog and click OK button.

You can set COPYQ_THEME_PREFIX environment variable for the preferred path for CSS files.

CSS files can contain placeholders like ${bg} which are defined in theme configuration file. You can edit this file in Appearance configuration tab with “Edit Theme” button.

Placeholder can be assigned to colors in following formats:

  • #RGB (each of R, G, and B is a single hex digit)


  • #AARRGGBB (with alpha channel)

  • a color name

  • transparent

  • rgba(R,G,B,A) (each of R, G, and B is 0-255, A is alpha channel 0.0-1.0)

There are extra color names for current system theme:

  • default_bg - background for list and line/text edit widgets

  • default_text - foreground color for the above

  • default_placeholder_text - placeholder text color

  • default_alt_bg - alternative item background

  • default_highlight_bg - highlight background

  • default_highlight_text - highlighted text color

  • default_tooltip_bg - tooltip background

  • default_tooltip_text - tooltip text color

  • default_window - window background

  • default_window_text - window text color

  • default_button - button background

  • default_button_text - button text color

  • default_bright_text - bright window text color

  • default_light - lighter than button

  • default_midlight - between button and light

  • default_dark - darker than button

  • default_mid - between button and dark

  • default_shadow - very dark

  • default_link - hyperlink color

  • default_link_visited - visited hyperlink color

Placeholder can be also assigned color expressions, for example:

  • sel_bg=bg + #000409 - #100

  • menu_bar_css="background: ${bg}; color: ${fg + #444}"

  • ${bg + #333} (directly in CSS)

Here are some special placeholders for CSS files:

  • ${css:scrollbar} - include scrollbar.css style sheet.

  • ${scale = 0.5} - set scaling for sizes and font (reset with value 1)

  • ${hsv_saturation_factor = 2} - set saturation for colors in the rest of the style sheet

  • ${hsv_value_factor = 0.9} - set value for colors in the rest of the style sheet