Detect the dark mode

Modern operating systems such as macOS, Windows 10 allow users to choose the appearance they would like to see in all applications.

The following screenshot is taken from the General setting pane in macOS:

Set the dark mode in macOS

The option can be detected by looking at the prefers-color-scheme media query.

It can be one of the following values:

  • light: User would like to see the page in the light mode
  • dark: User would like to see the page in the dark mode
  • no-preference: The system doesn't know about the user preferences

By checking against this media query value, we can determine if the user prefers the drak mode or not:

const isDarkMode = window.matchMedia && 
window.matchMedia('(prefers-color-scheme: dark)').matches;


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