I found a vivid chalk color scheme here that I want to use with Aquamacs. After poking around, I discovered that Aquamacs stores its custom color schemes here:


That file contains the color schemes that I see when I do:

M-x custom-schemes

I don't really feel like messing around with that file. The Aquamacs Preferences.el file is in the directory:

 ~/Library/Preferences/Aquamacs Emacs$ 

Can I store third party custom themes in that directory somehow?


The file you reference is an old-style "color-theme". These can be dropped anywhere in your load-path. You can also add any directory to your load path. Personally I like to keep my color-themes in ~/.emacs.d/lisp. A minimal init-file that updates your load path and loads your theme would look like:

;; prepend personal lisp directory to the load-path                           
(add-to-list 'load-path (expand-file-name "~/.emacs.d/lisp"))
;; load a fancy new theme
(require 'color-theme)
(require 'vivid-chalk)

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