How to get ParaView Dark UI (Any OS, Any release)


It is possible to modify the aspect of the ParaView UI, eg like this:

Download this Qt style.qss (49.2 KB) from QDarkStyleSheet and then run ParaView with the following argument.

paraview -style=default -stylesheet=/absolute/path/to/style.qss

On Windows, one could then create a shortcut with the command.
On Linux, one could then create a shell script with the command.

This style is not perfect, so if you improve it, please feel free to share it.



On Linux and with System Qt only, it is possible to use Qt5ct in order to have a full integration of your Qt system stylee, like this :

This trick works only on Linux and only if ParaView use the system Qt, e.g. when building ParaView or installing with a package manager.

This do not work with the ParaView binary release.

  • Install qt5ct and breeze
  • Run qt5ct.
  • Select “Breeze” style with custom “Darker” color scheme
  • export QT_QPA_PLATFORMTHEME=qt5ct
  • run ParaView

See here for a feature request to add this feature in ParaView:

Hi Mathieu,

I’m new to Paraview, and started using it on a Windows 10 Laptop.
I was immediately looking to enable a dark UI theme, which I’m used to work with in other programs. Unfortunately, your trick doesn’t work on Windows.

Paraview ships with the WindowsVista Qt style, which I wasn’t able to adjust easily. However, it turns out that it’s possible to override the style and apply a custom stylesheet to get a pleasingly dark look. I took the qdarkstyle from the web and got the following result.

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Awesome ! I will give it a go and update my post accordingly.

It looks like this requires direct modifications of ParaView source code, isn’t it ?


fortunately No, it’s possible without touching the binary (otherwise I wouldn’t have done it) :wink:

All you need is a decent .qss style sheet and then apply the override on the Paraview command-line like:

paraview -style=default -stylesheet=<mystylesheet>.qss

On Windows, to make it convenient, I created a shortcut on the Desktop and adjusted the command-line (see screenshot):

To use the QDarkStyle, I created a “qdarkstyle” sub-folder in Paraview’s “bin/styles” folder, and copied the .qss file there. Then I could reference the .qss file relative to the “bin” folder as


BTW, this stylesheet seems to be one of the most complete Qt “dark” styles I could find. It’s a good reference, and perhaps I will come up with my own “dark scheme” soon :grinning:


This is working perfectly !

I will give it a go on Linux and MacOS to see if this is cross platform, and then update the post.

I’ve updated the post with the new generic solution.

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