A arctic, north-bluish color palette

Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import nord from '';


A arctic, north-bluish color palette.

Created for the clean- and minimal flat design pattern to achieve a optimal focus and readability for code syntax highlighting and UI. It consists of a total of sixteen, carefully selected, dimmed pastel colors for a eye-comfortable, but yet colorful ambiance.

The color palette it divided into four named components to represent the different color effects.

Nord Palette Overview

Nord colors are numbered from nord0 to nord15 where each component contains a different amount of colors:

  1. Polar Night nord0 - nord3
  2. Snow Storm nord4 - nord6
  3. Frost nord7 - nord10
  4. Aurora nord11 - nord15

This naming convention allows an uncomplicated use for terminals and preserves the compatibility to similar projects like base16.


To show a list of all available Gulp tasks run gulp or gulp help.


The CSS specification supports the usage of primitive value types to define custom properties which can be used to create e.g. color variables.
Nord provides the template-css.scss template file to compile a nord.css stylesheet.

The generated file contains all Nord color variables prefixed with -- inside the :root pseudo-class.
The :root pseudo-class represents an element that is the root of the document.
This is always the HTML (<html>) element which allows to use the Nord color variables for the whole document.

The nord.css stylesheet can be compiled via Gulp:

npm install
gulp compile-css-template


Copy the nord.scss file into your project and import it in your Sass files:

@import "nord";

The .scss file extension is optional.


Nord Sass sources are documented using the SassDoc documentation syntax which can be compiled to a HTML documentation via Gulp:

npm install
gulp sassdoc

The Sassdoc theme can be changed by editing the .sassdocrc configuration file.


Copy the nord.less file into your project and import it in your LESSCSS files:

@import "nord";

Information about how the @import statement handles imports with different file extensions can be found in the official LESSCSS documentation.


Nord LESSCSS sources are documented using the KSS documentation syntax.
Information about the generation of a styleguide can be found in the official KSS documentation.

Color Swatches

Nord is available in various native formats:

  • .aco Adobe Photoshop Palette
  • .ase Adobe Swatch Exchange
  • .gpa Gpick Palette
  • .gpl GIMP/Inkscape/CinePaint/Krita Palette
  • .mtl Alias/WaveFront Material

A list of detailed information about each file format can be found here.

Port Projects

Nord Atom Syntax
Nord Atom UI
Nord Eclipse Syntax
Nord gedit
Nord IntelliJ IDEA Syntax
Nord Java
Nord Notepad++
Nord Terminix
Nord Vim




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