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I want to have a dark theme like the one enabled with gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme=1 in ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini but I want Files to still have a light background.

Is this possible?

Many applications show light backgrounds with the dark variant enabled, including the native text editor Scratch, and most non-native applications only have a dark window bar.

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You would have to modify the stylesheet to use the desired background-color for the view class.

It's possible, but you'll probably create a bunch of issues trying to do this. Keep in mind also, that any updates you get to the system stylesheet will overwrite changes you've made locally.

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