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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Piekartz

A Dark Theme for Duolingo

Hey there!

Usually I practice on Duolingo during the night, perhaps for that a "dark" theme would be a nice addition? It really makes it a lot easier on the eyes and more pleasant to work with.

What do you guys think about this?

Kind regards,

Piekartz

June 30, 2017

28 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susan2538

There are browser extensions , if you're using a computer that will make the background dark and the letters light. For Chrome there is Night Mode Pro and Dark Reader. For Opera and Firefox there are some nice extensions too, which make it look really nice.

It makes it a lot easier on the eyes. There is also a program called Flux that is free. It makes the screen less bright and easier on the eyes.

If you're using a phone, I can't help you because I don't know anything about smart phones. I guess that means I'm dumb. I have only a dumb phone.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

That would be cool, but at least on the computer, you could always turn the brightness down.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

The simplest solution is often the best. Have a totally useless lingot!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

Why thank you - I do love my totally useless lingots, all useless 644 of them : )


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HoeckerCarlos

If you are using a PC, you can change the styles with an extension for your browser.
Here is a dark theme, it's not perfect but it works well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Piekartz

That works quite well! Thanks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andrewcocco

I'm using an iMac, I've always used my iPad to use Duolingo but that broke and my phone doesn't have enough storage to download apps, so recently I've been using and iMac.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmilyPlouffe

I think that that would be a great thing for a computer too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zyxwvutsrqpo

I think that they might already be working on themes.

I was also planning to make a post about it anyway - which I'll still do.

When you look at many past or existing custom themes, they're almost all too bright. White letters on a black background are actually worse than black letters on a white background (not going to explain it here).

A dark theme should look more like this (this one has an added -30% brightness):

http://i.imgur.com/pbGYtfK.png

Base brightness:

http://i.imgur.com/7OxAhyb.png

Extra dark (-50% brigtness):

http://i.imgur.com/H9XQjtJ.png

In my opinion this looks very good and is very easy on the eyes. Absolutely nothing bright left, except the blue buttons on the right side which could use a darker blue background.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tine175312

That's a great idea, I'd love that for my phone.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeiferB

This is a great idea. I wanted something like this for a long time. I really hope a moderator or an admin sees this...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteffiBookworm-

That would be nice :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vereschagin

On iOS you can go to Settings : General : Accessibility : Display Accommodations and turn on Invert Colours. Cumbersome, but there it is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leo061520005

What do you mean when you say "Dark theme"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeiferB

Think of macOS's dark mode.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

I believe he means that the background be black, and the words be white, instead of vice versa.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

you're welcome : )


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leo061520005

Good job with your streak.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

Thank you! You'll get there if you want to - it ends up becoming a habit : )


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sabbir_mansoor

I suggest you to use Dark Reader extension for chrome which will make everything in chrome appear in dark theme... However, I have been looking for a solution for my phone app which I use mostly to practice... Let me know if you find any method


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EO4wellness

so on the mobile version (android) there is dark theme now. but it seems online there isn't? how do we fix this online?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael244099

Dark Reader extension is amazing in firefox. You can find the relevant add on or extension in any browser you use. I just started using Dark Reader, just amazing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nightmare252

Well you could work on Duolingo during the day maybe


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marlowe623307

some pepole work during the day

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