Dark Theme for SQL Server Management Studio 2017 (SSMS 2017)
Dark Theme works well in Visual Studio and should be included in SSMS. It helps reduce eye strain after long periods of development and debugging.
Unfortunately the complexity to implement dark mode into SSMS v18 is prohibitive and this item remains unplanned. Regular updates and improvements to SQL Server Management Studio are continuing, but most of the net new innovations in the graphical tooling space can be expected to be seen in Azure Data Studio.
Mohamed Omar commented
OMG, can’t believe still Unplanned 😏, Why ????
Timuçin Özmaya commented
Please finish Dark Theme for SSMS.
Colin Smith commented
Can't believe that this is still "unplanned" after two years, and being the highest voted feature for SQL Server (with much lower voted items having been done).
Dark mode is an expected feature from OS all the way through to applications is medically proven to reduce eye-strain, particularly for people who already have existing eye conditions.
Having this as an option really shouldn't be a 'nice to have', and Microsoft need to recognise this and bump its priority.
It would be awesome, if you could finally make the dark theme in completeness available!
David Rueter commented
Please finish Dark theme for SSMS.
I'd say that the omission of a dark theme for SSMS is another "black eye" for Microsoft...but more importantly it is a strained, burning eye for us developers who have to use SSMS for many hours every day (and especially, night) .
OMG, 2020 about to finish and still. Unplanned? 🤔 🤔 🤔
Nilsson Fredrik K commented
Did not even know there was a disabled "dark mode" turned it on, tested it, looked like garbage, turned it of...
MS DOES NOT GIVE A **** ABOUT ITS CUSTOMERS
Why still unplanned ??
Trimble, Alexander commented
Make the default theme into a separate configurable file and the community will do the rest.
SHOULD BE EZ IF YOUR CODE IS EVEN HALFWAY DECENT BRO
Robert Williams commented
Please update the dark theme in SSMS 18.x.
1) Stop making us having to uncomment out a file in the config file to enable it. Just ship it enabled
2) Fix the colour of the pop-up menu when right clicking on objects in object-explorer - The first menu list is still grey with black text but when you highlight with the mouse over a menu item it highlights in black. Then the sub-pop-up menu are black!
3) Object explorer could do with being updated
4) Options window needs updating to dark
5) The customize window needs updating to dark (in fact just all windows that pop up from the menu bar)
Just upgraded to 18.5 - I still need to fiddle with the config file to get some kind of dark mode. Come on, MS, how hard can it be to change a color theme in an application?!? Perfect beginner's task for an intern.
we need dark mode. our eyes are burning
As a developer I spend all day using my tools and it's important that they be as ergonomic as possible. Apparently small details like fonts and colors become significant when they are used for thousands of hours. The lack of a Dark Theme in SQL Management Studio is a splinter in the polished cabinetry of my development tools, jabbing into my fingers every time they run across it.
Given how many of your users have clamored for this feature, and for how long, implementing it could save millions of hours of what might seem to be a small irritation, but in its sum is in fact a great misery weighing upon us all.
Christian Mühlbacher commented
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SSMS PM: *waves hand* "This is not the feature you're looking for!"
Users: "Uh, yeah, actually it is. Has been for years."
Krishnamurthy, Rajarajacholan (DG-CHN) commented
For how long we should wait?! It seems everything in windows has dark theme except SSMS the most widely used tool! Please save our eyes! Thanks.
Stuart Adair commented
There is a backdoor to having the dark theme but this does have issues with some of the menus not showing properly. It also requires you to amend the configuration XML file used by SSMS to achieve this which is overwritten each time you update a version with a new release. What we need is a Dark Theme that does not have these bugs.
please complete the mission, make a dark theme for the object explorer.
Vic Kirkpatrick commented
How is this even possible Microsoft? LOL, I mean, it's really pathetic.
GIVE US DARK MODE IN SSMS!!!