DarkScintilla: Maxscript Editor dark scheme

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A dark color scheme for the Maxscript Editor, inspired by dark schemes available for other IDEs

As i was doing more and more max scripting lately, the urge to do something with the eye hurting Maxscript Editor colors escalated. So i sat down today and had a walkthrough on the various options Scintilla (Maxscript Editors core) provides.


After that i started to tweak, and integrate the color scheme and font settings which i use in other IDE's like Monodevelop, Flashdevelop or Eclipse ( even VS is set to the dark scheme here). Additionally i transfered nearly all of the color settings previously in the "maxscript.properties" to the "MXS_EditorUser.properties" file, using symbolic color names etc...

So here is the result:
It has not been tested to all it's extends, but this is a pretty complete set.


  • V1.2c - fixed yet another typo in "MXS_EditorUser.properties" which was breaking coloring of verbatim strings..
                  ( corrected line is "colour.string.verbatim=...", the equals-sign was typed as colon   )
                  Huge thanks for reporting this go to Klaas Nienhuis from the beautiful netherlands
                  Made caret color a bit darker ( this is global), now it should be better visible on white backgrounds
  • V1.2b - fixed typo in "MXS_EditorUser.properties" ( "indent.closeing" changed to "indent.closing" )
                  Now autoindenting should work again as expected (thx go to James Haywood for reporting)
  • V1.2a- Fixed some stupid install script error popup happening on older Max versions.
                 Note: you can't assign a string-variable to a maxscript  label-text during roll out creation.Smile
  • V1.2  - provided an installer Script. Just Drag and Drop the complete packacke ( *.mzp) into a 3ds Max viewport
                 The Installationscript will guide you through the complete installation (or uninstallation) process
                 Some minor color tweaks...
  • V1.1a- Updated readme for people having trouble installing. The "MXS_EditorUser.properties" has to go to the Max
                  user- folder. See readme. I will create a install script over the weekend, so stay tuned...
  • V1.1  - integrated ALL tweaks in "MXS_EditorUser.properties", replacing maxscript.properties NO LONGER necessary !!!
                 I recommend to restore the original from your backup, or use the one in [maxscript.properties ORIGINAL] in the zip
                 Thanks go to Johan Boekhoven for the hint...
  • V1.0a - Fixed "MXS_EditorUser.properties" to not modify global color styles( back color most noticable )
  • V1.0    - Initial release


  • Internet Explorer tends to rename *.mzp  (Maxscript Package)  downloads to *.zip -  please change extension back to *.mzp
  • There is no adapted html.properties, so html file display with Maxscript editor is not "recolored" -> see readme in the zip
  • This scheme uses Microsofts Consolas font, which is freely downloadable at MS ( see link inside the zip)
  • Changes can easily be done, just edit self-explaining symbolic color values in MXS_EditorUser.properties
  • If you make some improvements and tweaks, please contact me and share and i will integrate them

Suggestions, improvements etc.. are welcome

Here is how it looks


Dark Color Scheme for Maxscript Editor

Version Requirement: 
3ds Max 2008 and up


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bathyscaph's picture

Love it

Thanks! This makes a world of difference. I never realized just how horrible the default maxscript editor color scheme was; I have been enlightened.

Nik's picture


--Nice script of dark scheme.

BradT's picture


So much easier on the eyes. Thanks for creating this!

irendeir's picture


Cool thanks!!!

hedphelym's picture

Thanks, it works perfectly! I

Thanks, it works perfectly!
I really enjoy using this.

ravenslayer's picture

awesome, just what i

awesome, just what i wanted!
tnx :)

tim_little's picture

After spending 8 hours

After spending 8 hours straight one day staring at the retina-frying beams of my white maxscript page I decided there must be something out there that could change the default colors. I was very grateful when I found your UI script. Thank you very much for sharing your secret to avoid scalded eyeballs.

maxwell3d's picture


i like very much the color scheme!
I installed but my previous autocomplete script from Jan is not working anymore, how can i add the autocomlete tools to this beutiful scheme?
thanks in advance

idiotic's picture

Good Job Man. I Like It.

Good Job Man. I Like It.

spacefrog's picture

Thanks all for the nice

Thanks all for the nice comments ;-)

the answer is already a few posts below your post, basically the answer is no, because this color scheme depends a lot on the "maxscript" language lexer

but of course you could simply grab the color values and edit the standard SciTE's properties file manually. You just can't take this one and simply copy it over, it will not work in standard SciTE...

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