Changing colors

Added in version 2020.11.14.beta16.

Furo allows customising colors to fit your brand’s identity, by using CSS variables. These can be declared directly in html_theme_options, in your

How light and dark mode work

Furo is in light mode by default, switching to the dark mode when requested by the user’s browser (through prefers-color-scheme: dark).

As a consequence of this design, the dark mode inherits the variable definitions from the light mode, only overriding specific values to adapt the theme. While the mechanism for switching between light/dark mode is not configurable, the exact CSS variable definitions used in this process can be configured.

It is possible to use different content for light and dark mode, by setting only-dark and only-light classes on the content. This is the recommended approach for handling images with backgrounds.

Using your own colors

Furo allows defining CSS variables that overrides its default values. The exact variable names to use can be found in Furo’s source code here.

This mechanism allows configuring nearly every facet of Furo’s design, including spacing between various items and the colors of nearly every component.


Changing Furo’s blue accent (used for stylising links, sidebar’s content etc) to a purple one:

html_theme_options = {
    "light_css_variables": {
        "color-brand-primary": "#7C4DFF",
        "color-brand-content": "#7C4DFF",

Code block styling

Furo does not directly handle highlighting of the code blocks. This is done by Sphinx, and is configurable using pygments_style and pygments_dark_style in

pygments_style = "sphinx"
pygments_dark_style = "monokai"


pygments_dark_style is Furo-specific at this time.