Elite: Dangerous - How to Customize the HUD Colors

The standard warm orange hue of the HUD in Elite: Dangerous is easy on the eyes, no matter if you’re flying in a lowly Sidewinder or are the proud owner of a shiny new Fer-de-Lance, or even the all-mighty Anaconda. However, sometimes change is nice, and we here at TL;DR Games are all about being able to customize things to match our current mood.

Even though Frontier Developments has given us many cosmetic items, available for purchase in their store, the ability to customize the color scheme of the HUD is still lacking. Fortunately for you, if you can find a text file and copy & paste a few lines of code, you can easily update the HUD colors.

Location of the Configuration File

The default configuration file is located in:

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Frontier Developments\Elite Dangerous\Options\Graphics

The above folder will only exist if you’ve launched the game at least once!

You could edit the existing GraphicsConfiguration.xml file, but we suggest you instead create a new file with a text editor and call it GraphicsConfigurationOverride.xml.

What goes in the Configuration File

You’ll want to put the following lines of text into the file you created above:

Now, you could play around with the numbers yourself, but we suggest that you use a website like the Elite: Dangerous HUD Colors Theme Editor. They provide you with a nice set of sliders to drag around until you get the desired color scheme. Or, you could have a look at our Top 5 Favorite Elite: Dangerous HUD Color Themes.

If you’re not one for editing files on your PC, you could also check out the Elite HUD Manager, a great little app to make management and previewing of new HUD colour themes a piece of cake.

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