OS X Yosemite's 'Dark Mode' Now Available via Terminal Command

Tuesday June 17, 2014 1:14 PM PDT by Juli Clover
OS X Yosemite's dark mode, which was demoed on stage at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, has yet to make it into the beta as an available setting. It is, however, possible to get a glimpse of dark mode with a Terminal command, as discovered by iOS developer Hamza Sood.

The command enables an early version of dark mode, which is clearly not yet complete, likely explaining why it is not yet officially available in the beta. Users should, of course, use caution when deciding whether or not to try this feature for themselves. Dark mode can be undone with a second Terminal command.

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The second beta of OS X Yosemite was released to developers earlier today, bringing several new changes like the return of Photo Booth and a new look for Time Machine. The public release of the software will likely come in the fall, after several more beta iterations.

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19 weeks ago
Now we need a dark mode for iOS 8.
Rating: 32 Votes
19 weeks ago
“Impressive. Most impressive."
Rating: 28 Votes
19 weeks ago
I anticipate Dark Mode vs. Light Mode to become the new Bottom Dock vs. Side Dock argument in certain circles.
Rating: 17 Votes
19 weeks ago

I anticipate Dark Mode vs. Light Mode to become the new Bottom Dock vs. Side Dock argument in certain circles.

With side dock being, of course, superior.

:P
Rating: 11 Votes
19 weeks ago
welcome to the dark side...:p
Rating: 10 Votes
19 weeks ago
This looks good enough to leave on the entire time
Rating: 8 Votes
19 weeks ago
As stupid and minor as dark mode is, I'm actually pretty excited about it. I spend too many late nights alone with my computer in a dark room. (Not just masturbating.)
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago

Ugh. Yosemite is such an eye sore. Ugly, ugly, ugly.

What!? I really like it. It looks almost exactly like Ubuntu now.
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago
Brings memories from the best theming age in OS X. Way back to Susumu's themes and Shapeshifter.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 weeks ago

Not ready yet... at all...


And that, my friend, is why it's a beta :)
Rating: 5 Votes

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