Going Dark Theme in Gnome Shell, Firefox, and all sites that support it
Did you know there is a CSS media query called
prefers-color-scheme that websites can use to switch to dark mode automatically? How about going fully dark in Gnome Shell and Firefox?
I was reading Smashing Magazine’s article on implementing dark mode using styled components in react and I saw that StackOverflow has recently made it a feature. There is a nice blog post by them on how they actually developed it starting from design mocks.
I immediately logged into my stackoverflow settings and found that there were three options.
I could get done with dark, but what does “System” do? How do we make the system tell we prefer dark mode?
In Android 10 and above there is a quicktile toggle to switch to dark mode. But, is this possible in Linux/Gnome Shell too?
I did a quick search and found a neat article on how to switch to dark theme in Gnome Shell. It essentially boils down to switching to “Adwaita-dark” theme using gnome-tweaks.
And there I had it. Stackoverflow was dark as per system theme.
In Firefox themes, there are again 3 options - “Default”, “Light”, and “Dark”. If you choose “Default” it automatically chooses the system’s dark/light.
As Aaron Shekey says on the SO blog, though, it is pretty difficult on the eyes to have everything in dark, especially web content.