Dark mode for medium.com — why doesn’t it exist (yet)?

My personal visualization of Dark-Mode for medium.com

I have love and hate relationship with Medium with a much higher percentage towards love 🥰. I have been craving for 🌗 dark/night-mode support for the web site for a long time. Thankfully they already support dark-mode on the Android & iOS app 😍.


Recently Medium has launched “MOMENTUMA Medium blog about the fight against anti-Black racism” — a great initiative by them ✊. An interesting thing to note is the site supports dark mode. In fact, it only is in dark-mode which goes with the theme of the topic.

ps. I also built an Android app to support #BlackLivesMatter cause. Currently waiting for Google to approve the app.

If having a completely dark theme for MOMENTUM is possible, then supporting site-wide dark-mode (aka. Night Mode) should also be possible. I am hopeful that sometime soon they may publish user settings to turn on dark-mode like few other major sites (eg. YouTube, Reddit, Slack and so on).

Can we have dark-mode now?

There are actually several ways to get dark-mode for any major* site through browser plugins. Here are a few of them that I am aware of:

From my experience, the ‘Dark Reader’ plugin works the best in most scenarios. However, just inverting color or doing other tricks does not work all the time. But it is at least way better than not having an option at night, especially when 💡 light is off.

My personal (🚧 experimental) take!

A long time ago I used to work as a web engineer 🤓, and have some understanding of CSS. One day I got bored and started tinkering with Medium’s CSS using chrome ‘Developer Tools’ and did some brute-force style change to have my own custom dark mode. It currently only works for Front Page and some publishers I care about 🤷.

This is achieved by using https://add0n.com/stylus.html browser plugin and using my custom CSS which can be found at https://gist.github.com/amardeshbd/f1819d7866de844e780a9b35516ea70e

Surprisingly medium uses cryptic CSS style classes, which seems like auto-generated to deter people like me from customizing the site⁉️ 🤔

Anyway, I hope they add dark theme for the site and allow users to switch between dark and light themes. ✌️

UPDATE (Feb 2021): Dark mode is still not supported globally on Medium, however, in case you haven’t notices all my blogs are in dark-mode 🌓. Thanks to their theming support for each publisher or author. Hope they support it some day globally.

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