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Display colors for Background and Font

steven | Last updated: May 01, 2016 04:29PM UTC

Is it possible to change the display background to darker theme, e.g. black or dark grey. I suffer from Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, so i find difficult to read from white background. I would prefer to change the font color to white and the background to dark grey or black, i know I'm in the minority in this case but it is still worth a shot.

PortSwigger Agent | Last updated: May 03, 2016 07:46AM UTC

It isn't currently possible to configure this, sorry. If enough people request the feature we will look into supporting it. In the meantime, I wonder if there are any accessibility tools that apply an application- or system-wide filter to convert bright colors to something else?

Burp User | Last updated: Jan 29, 2017 08:10PM UTC

I also would like this feature. I know it sounds pointless but I spend hours on end using Burp Suite everyday and it would be nice to have some flavor in the GUI.

PortSwigger Agent | Last updated: Jan 30, 2017 09:29AM UTC

Thanks for the feedback. This is on our backlog and the +1s are noted. It would theoretically be possible for an extension to do this. An ITab implementation returns a Swing component that gets connected to the parent tab. You could use getParent() repeatedly to get the root window. From there you could iterate through all the components and customize them.

Burp User | Last updated: Feb 10, 2017 08:09PM UTC

same request here, it would be great

Burp User | Last updated: Mar 08, 2017 10:08AM UTC

+1 for this.

Burp User | Last updated: Jun 13, 2017 08:21PM UTC

+1 PLEASE. i need that all black gui for the hacker cred ;D

PortSwigger Agent | Last updated: Jun 30, 2017 11:09AM UTC

Sorry to hear you're having this trouble. While this is on our long-term plan, it's non-trivial, and may not happen before the UI overhaul we have planned. In the meantime, have you tried a screen inverter? There are a few around, like this: - http://arcanesanctum.net/negativescreen/

Burp User | Last updated: Jul 03, 2017 10:43PM UTC

+1 out of need. Using the tool pretty regularly. Eyes recently took a turn for the worse almost overnight. Believe it or not, for a number of us, looking at a white background is literally like staring into the sun (no exaggeration). I bought myself an eye patch and a magnifying glass to try to break through glare just to get job done. Went from really enjoying using the tool to dreading the thought of it (or any other bare bones java gui with plain white background). Switch to a black background and white text, and it's like it never happened. Literally the difference between seeing and not-seeing. Thanks for adding to backlog. Would be very happy to see it bumped up the queue.

Burp User | Last updated: Aug 08, 2017 02:46PM UTC

I would love a Twitter like "night mode" for Burp. The white background really tires my eyes out. From discussion with colleagues in our company quite a few people would really appreciate this feature.

Liam, PortSwigger Agent | Last updated: Aug 10, 2017 02:40PM UTC

This is still in our long term roadmap. We'll update you when this functionality is available.

Burp User | Last updated: Nov 30, 2017 08:21AM UTC

I would love to see the basic feature to create custom appearances for the Burp user interface. These could be exchanged like the Burp extensions. This would allow people to have a darker theme and offer other the option to customise their experience.

Burp User | Last updated: Feb 05, 2018 04:28PM UTC

I would also appreciate this!

Burp User | Last updated: Feb 13, 2018 09:24AM UTC


Burp User | Last updated: Mar 16, 2018 10:43AM UTC

Yes please - bright white is killing my eyes! Would love a dark theme - whatever's easiest to implement

PortSwigger Agent | Last updated: Mar 16, 2018 10:54AM UTC

Hans - In the latest 2.x beta there is now a Darcular mode that you can access from User options > Display > Look and feel.

Burp User | Last updated: Apr 12, 2018 05:54PM UTC


Burp User | Last updated: May 02, 2018 11:40AM UTC

+758947239874238 for this feature tbh. I've been staring at these all white screens for ungodly hours at a time for well over half my life which has really taken a toll on my eyes. White backgrounds give me headaches from eye strain after using them for any length of time. PLEASEEEE Portswigger can we haz burp dark mode <3

Burp User | Last updated: Jun 18, 2018 05:26PM UTC

Dark theme please!!

Burp User | Last updated: Jul 09, 2018 05:05PM UTC

+1 for custom themes, or at least the option to switch to a dark theme.

Burp User | Last updated: Jul 20, 2018 04:56AM UTC

+1 for me as well. The "Dark Theme" has been a long time coming for a apps. There is movement on this trend (think Outlook 2016, ebook apps, etc.). I use this app both at home and at work - there are ways to invert colors, but a built-in mechanism would be the better choice. Thanks.

Burp User | Last updated: Jul 23, 2018 05:04PM UTC

+1 on this request. A dark theme would save massive strain on my eyes and would take Burp Suite from literally painful to use for me to enjoyable.

Burp User | Last updated: Aug 23, 2018 04:12PM UTC

Please do this!

Burp User | Last updated: Sep 25, 2018 02:22AM UTC

+1 on this request. Dark theme please!!

Burp User | Last updated: Nov 07, 2018 09:10AM UTC

+1 on this, thanks for darcula theme but we should also be able to change font colors

Burp User | Last updated: Nov 12, 2018 07:20PM UTC

Pls add this my eyes are burning

Burp User | Last updated: Dec 05, 2018 04:38AM UTC

Darcula is a big improvement so thanks for that, but the contrast is too weak so it's difficult to pick up the text off the background. I know this wouldn't be supported and would get overwritten each update, but is modifying the theme files in the jar 'allowed' within the user agreement?

PortSwigger Agent | Last updated: Dec 06, 2018 10:55AM UTC

There is some third-party software that does this: https://github.com/CoreyD97/BurpThemePatcher This is written by the original author of dark theme, before it was a core Burp feature.

Burp User | Last updated: Jan 04, 2019 08:02AM UTC

This is one of the main reasons I always use the mate desktop + compiz, even in modern linuxes. I use the mate version of kali. In compiz ccsm there is the option invert colors, disabled by default, but by enabling it and pressing win+n, the current window inverts its colors. Works wonders on burp. You need to have compiz running, by doing compiz --replace. It can be set up as a start up command. It tended to crash when I also had wobbly windows, but disabling them seems to correct the crashes. Hope this helps. Also, mate is much lighter than most desktops, and can be customized a lot

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