Node-RED 3.1, status under node has an odd background appearance?

Erm I coule well be wrong but ercently I upgraded my NR to nodejs 18 and NR to 3.0-something. All was well.

This morning I upgraded to NR 3.10 - flawless using your script.... I could be wrong but until this morning I never noticed my FUNCIONS - the status line underneath - having a light grey background (I'm using a dark background)..

node.status({fill:"green",shape:"dot",text:"Cabinet LR temperature " + msg.payload.AM2301.Temperature + String.fromCharCode(176) + "C" + global.get("handyDate")});

Now they all look odd..

That is a fault of your theme. It is addressed in some themes that have been updated.

The status now have a semi-opaque background (as of 3.1) for clarity when wires run underneath. It was all discussed in the beta.4 thread.

PS, if you update your title to something like "Node-RED 3.1, status under node has an odd background" I am fairly certain our main theme maintainer see it and will pop in to explain.

I'm not a whizz at themes - point me to the line to add any dark theme and I'll do it :slight_smile:

Or do you still have to go into settings? Long time since I changed the theme - midnight red or similar....

I believe it is already done. theme-collection (node) - Node-RED was updated yesterday

@mbonani can you chip in please?

Wow - I just installed that contrib node - did nothing else - and everything works - that was easy. Thanks

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@scargill, you need to update to the latest version of the theme collection package.

Run the following command from within the Node-RED user data directory (by default, $HOME/.node-red).

npm install @node-red-contrib-themes/theme-collection

Then restart Node-RED and hit refresh in your browser.

Thanks go to @mbonani :smiley:

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Not working for me.

Updated Docker image,
Ran npm command in docker shell,
Verified new theme files in proper directory,
Edited settings.js - changed "dark-scroll" to "dark" theme,
Restarted container,
Cleared browser cache,


Must admit that I recently simply used the Stylus browser extension to make life a bit less white:

:root {
/*     --red-ui-primary-background: red; */
    --jk-bg: hsl(40,7%,70%,1);
    --jk-bg-l1: hsl(40,7%,83%,1);
    --jk-bg-l2: hsl(40,7%,92%,1);
    --jk-bg-d1: hsl(40,7%,65%,1);

/* Calm down the glaring white backgrounds */
.red-ui-workspace-chart-background {
    fill: var(--jk-bg);
.red-ui-tabs ul {
    background-color: var(--jk-bg);

#red-ui-sidebar-content {
    background-color: var(--jk-bg-l1);
.red-ui-editableList-container li, td {
    background-color: var(--jk-bg-l1) !important;
.red-ui-editableList-container li {
    background-color: var(--jk-bg-l2) !important;
.red-ui-workspace-chart-grid-v {
    stroke: var(--jk-bg-d1) !important;
/* Remove odd fade image that only looks ok on default colours - just not needed at all */
.red-ui-tabs ul .red-ui-tabs-fade {
    background-image: none;
.red-ui-flow-node-status-background {
    fill-opacity: .4;

/* Compress vertical spacing of palette */
.red-ui-palette-node {
    margin-top: 5px !important;
    margin-bottom: 5px !important;
.red-ui-palette-header, .red-ui-palette-header i {
    line-height: .9em;

.red-ui-palette-label {
    line-height: 1em;

/* Centres the label text in the parent */
.red-ui-palette-node:before, .red-ui-palette-label {
.red-ui-palette-node:before {

This is the one that makes the status background semi-transparent:

.red-ui-flow-node-status-background {
    fill-opacity: .4;

Done. Ta.

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From within which directory?

This is how I do it in the container shell.

cd /data
npm install @node-red-contrib-themes/theme-collection

Then restart the container and refresh the browser.

Right - all done and working but... call this a dumb question if you like - how do you access this theme collection From within node-red?

Unfortunately, this is currently not possible.

You can only override the theme from settings.js. Or, as I did, from a browser extension.

Oops, I thought he was talking about updating the theme collection package from within Node-RED.

Yes, that is exactly what I did.

Can you try uninstalling and reinstalling the package?

In the container shell.

cd /data
npm uninstall @node-red-contrib-themes/theme-collection
npm install @node-red-contrib-themes/theme-collection

Then restart the container and refresh the browser.

That fixed it. Thanks!

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