How to use a custom Blender theme (2.49)

So you’ve been using Blender more and more, and you’re starting to get tired of the default look of the interface. You look around on the internet a bit, and you find someone sharing their neat little theme. It comes in a file, which when opened looks like gibberish. What to do?

Check out this tutorial to learn how to change the look of your own Blender.


For starters, have a theme ready. Check at the end of this tutorial for some downloadable themes.

The first step is to locate your “.Blender” directory. It’s location depends on how and where you installed blender (if you did), but it should be in \\Blender Foundation\Blender\.blender.

On my windows system, it’s located at C:\Program Files\Blender Foundation\Blender\.blender

Inside the “.Blender” folder, should be another folder entitled “scripts”.

At bare minimum, you theme should include a file with a .py extension. Place this .py file (could be something like “”) INSIDE the “scripts” folder.

If your theme came included with a custom icon pack, place this image INSIDE the “icons” folder located within the “.blender” folder.

Now open up Blender, and drag and reveal the preferences window:


Make sure you’re on the “Themes” tab:


Drop down the theme selector, and choose whatever theme you just downloaded:


Then, in the indicated selection box,select “UI and Buttons”:


On the next selector down, select “Icon File”:


If you placed the icon file in the correct location, you should see it appear in this drop down:


Now your blender has completely different colors, and brand new icons!


For a large list of free Blender themes, check out the listing on

Or can download a zip file, with the theme shown, and the icons to go with it, from HERE.


This is what it looks like in action:

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