Dark Theme in Azure DevOps!

A while back I was attending a local developer conference and I overheard someone say, “He’s not a real coder; He’s not using the dark theme.” :-) Now, while I don’t necessarily agree with that statement, I do prefer dark themes over light themes. Dark themes just seem to be easier on my eyes when I’m staring into millions of pixels for hours on end every day.

While Visual Studio has provided a dark theme (as well as others) out of the box for some time now, and VS Code has had a dark theme from its start (as best as I can remember), Azure DevOps (formerly Visual Studio Team Services or, VSTS) has not had the same luxury. That is, until now!

Microsoft announced the dark theme in Azure DevOps a couple of weeks back. However, when they announce new features rolling out in Azure DevOps it generally takes a couple of weeks for the updates to roll out to all users.

At least one of my Azure DevOps organizations seems to always be on the tail end of these updates. This account now has the new theme so it’s fairly likely that any of your Azure DevOps organizations will have the new dark theme feature as well.

To switch your Azure DevOps experience to the dark theme:

  1. Within Azure DevOps, click on your profile picture in the upper, right-hand corner.
  2. Select Theme from the drop-down menu of options.
  3. Select the Dark Theme from the list.

Here’s a new Azure DevOps project repo with the dark theme:

That’s all there is to it… You can now experience Azure DevOps in all its dark glory! If nothing else, maybe it gets you one step closer to being a real coder ;-)

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