Ubuntu: How to change pdf background color in evince?


White background color is harm to eyes. How to change pdf background color in evince? Now I use evince 3.4.0 in ubuntu 12.04 x64.


I am sure that you can invert the color but I am not sure whether you can use a different color of your choice as a background color.

To invert the color.

Goto: View -> Inverted Colors (Ctrl+I)

Hope this helps.


I have have been fighting this issue for quite a while now. The best solution I have come up with is to use the xcalib command via two easily accessible application launchers on my tool/app bar. I have named them "Screen Mode" and "Paper Mode".

With the help of xcalib I can activate on-the-fly two different screen configurations without profiles and other bloat. Note that xcalib is the smallest bit of software and won't take any space or memory as it passes the configurations to the display adapter and exits. You can forget about the heavy specialist software like argyll+dispcalgui etc.

Firstly install xcalib with:

sudo apt-get install xcalib  

Then set your two launchers with these commands:

To set the "Paper Mode" use:

xcalib -red 1.7 1 64 -green 1.7 1 57 -blue 1.7 1 28 -alter  

To (re)set back to "Screen Mode" use:

xcalib -clear  

As you can probably tell I am adjusting the parameters per-channel and my effort was to produce a Kindle like result. Obviously you can and should adjust these according to your preferences and screens. Of course this adjusts the screen as a whole but, for me at least, this has been a blessing for those all white IDEs. It will take you a couple of minutes to get used to it, but you'll never go back. It's a true Eye-Saver!

The command usage is xcalib -ChannelName Gamma Brightness Contrast and are all separated with a single space. The -alter feeds the signal to the adapter. The -clear send a "Clear" message to the adapter to clear all adjustments back to normal.

IMPORTANT TIP: In order not to loose the blackness of letters always keep Brightness to 1 as shown above. Play around only with Gamma and Contrast. Gamma will produce a darker/lighter result and playing with the Contrast between channels will adjust the resulting color.

Another TIP: Set the "Paper Mode" shortcut to first reset and then set the color (e.g., "xcalib -clear && xcalib -red 1.7 1 64 -green 1.7 1 57 -blue 1.7 1 28 -alter"), so that if accidentally use it multiple times it does not change you display color to black.

I hope this will prove handy to many of you!


Thanks for Evan's invitation. Here is what I did to achieve the light green background in Evince 2.30.3.

As mentioned in a thread(https://mail.gnome.org/archives/evince-list/2011-November/msg00015.html) posted by me several years ago, I replaced the source code from Line 327 to 329 of libdocument/ev-document-misc.c with the following snippet:

// make sure that we just turn the near "white" back ground to light green  if ((245 <= p[0] && p[0] <= 255) &&      (245 <= p[1] && p[1] <= 255) &&      (245 <= p[2] && p[2] <= 255)) {      p[0] = 204; /* cc */      p[1] = 232; /* e8 */      p[2] = 207; /* cf */  }  

Note that the code position may vary for different versions of Evince.

Then re-compile Evince:

$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-nls --disable-scrollkeeper --disable-dbus --disable-debug --disable-tests --disable-nautilus --disable-thumbnailer --disable-previewer --disable-comics --without-keyring --without-gconf --without-gtk-unix-print  $ make  

After compilation, DONOT run make install, because this may change your locale settings of Evince. Just backup the original /usr/lib/libevdocument.so.2.0.0, and replace it with the modified libdocument/.libs/libevdocument.so.2.0.0 manually.

Then re-launch Evince, open a .pdf file(or other supported formats, whatever), and use the "Inverted Color" option to change the background color into light green.

May this be helpful :)

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