I want to use this theme: https://github.com/jonnay/emagicians-starter-kit/blob/master/themes/org-beautify-theme.org

I installed it via list-package successfully.

I tried loading it via load-theme RET org-beautify RET but it says Unable to find theme file for org-beautify. So I add ~\.emacs.d\elpa\org-beautify-theme-20150106.956 to my 'custom-theme-load-path and do the load-theme thing again, this time it says Undefined custom theme.

How can I activate the theme?

Seeing as someone marked my thread as a duplicate: my custom-theme-load-path does not reset after calling load-theme. You can see that after setting custom-theme-load-path to the location of the file, calling load-theme RET org-beautify RET does not give the response Unable to find theme file... anymore. Instead, I get an error of a different sort ("Undefined custom theme"), which makes me think that I'm not installing it properly. Why can't I choose the theme from Options->Customize Emacs->Custom Themes in the first place after installing it with melpa?

  • It looks like this is an error in the package itself. I propose a few ways to fix it below. I wonder if whoever packaged this up for MELPA even tried installing it.
    – nispio
    Oct 9, 2015 at 18:06

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It looks like the author of the theme is using org-babel to invoke the theme, rather than the M-x load-theme. The way that custom themes usually work is that there is a theme named foo within a file called foo-theme.el. In the case of org-beautify, the actual theme is called org-beautify-theme when it should just be named org-beautify.

There are two ways to fix this problem:

  1. Within the file org-beautify-theme.el there are three references in code to org-beautify-theme. Change all of those to org-beautify
  2. Rename the file org-beautify-theme.el to org-beautify-theme-theme.el

I would recommend that you contact the author so that the problem gets fixed upstream.

  • nispio, thank you for getting to the root of the problem. I tried the other suggestions, and while it did work for other themes, it did not work for this particular one. Now I know why. I went with option #2, by the way. It's working nicely now. Thank you. I contacted the author about the problem.
    – Certainly
    Oct 9, 2015 at 18:10
  • It did not do the magic for me. I do not know where it went wrong :-(
    – Prasanna
    Aug 3, 2016 at 4:29
  • @Prasanna The numbered items in the answer are an either/or. Do either 1 or 2, but not both. Is that the problem?
    – nispio
    Aug 3, 2016 at 17:05
  • I understood. But both the options did not do any trick.
    – Prasanna
    Aug 3, 2016 at 17:51

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