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Is there a way to color output for git (or any command)?


baller@Laptop:~/rails/spunky-monkey$ git status
# On branch new-message-types
# Changes not staged for commit:
#   (use "git add <file>..." to update what will be committed)
#   (use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory)
#       modified:   app/models/message_type.rb
no changes added to commit (use "git add" and/or "git commit -a")
baller@Laptop:~/rails/spunky-monkey$ git add app/models


baller@Laptop:~/rails/spunky-monkey$ git status
# On branch new-message-types
# Changes to be committed:
#   (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage)
#       modified:   app/models/message_type.rb

The output looks the same, but the information is totally different: the file has gone from unstaged to staged for commit.

Is there a way to colorize the output? For example, files that are unstaged are red, staged are green?

Or even Changes not staged for commit: to red and # Changes to be committed: to green?

Working in Ubuntu.

EDIT: Googling found this answer which works great: git config --global --add color.ui true.

However, is there any more general solution for adding color to a command output?

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You want something that colorizes all command outputs? How would it know which parts to color? – Michael Mrozek Jul 30 '12 at 0:28
I guess if there was a way to configure it using regex: Each color could have a start regex. And there could be a default color regex to turn off all colors. And, if text "foo" appears, display it in a certain color... – B Seven Jul 30 '12 at 0:33
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You can create a section [color] in your ~/.gitconfig with e.g. the following content

  diff = auto
  status = auto
  branch = auto
  interactive = auto
  ui = true
  pager = true

You can also fine control what you want to have coloured in what way, e.g.

[color "status"]
  added = green
  changed = red bold
  untracked = magenta bold

[color "branch"]
  remote = yellow

I hope this gets you started. And of course, you need a terminal which supports colour.

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I think it might be worth putting git config --global color.ui auto (@Evgeny 's answer) at the top of yours...I think that's likely to be what most people are looking for. I've upvoted both...I'm just saying, for the sake of the internet as it comes here, I think a lot of people just want that simple one liner. All the better if they get it, plus your extra goodness. – msouth May 17 '15 at 3:06

You probably want to use

git config --global color.ui auto

The auto part says that git will only try and use color on terminals that support it, and you will not get ANSI sequences if you redirect output of git commands to a file for example. Setting it to true is same as auto, and this is also the default since Git 1.8.4.

The color.ui is a meta configuration that includes all the various color.* configurations available with git commands.

This is explained in-depth in git help config.

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Thanks a lot for the very simple answer! – VeLKerr Mar 9 at 13:12
git config --global color.ui auto
git config --global color.branch auto
git config --global color.status auto
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You can do this with Arbitrary Command Output Colourer. It mostly works, but I haven't figured out how to work around a bug where prompts expecting input aren't shown and you can't simply type the known needed input and press enter to continue in every case.

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git config --global color.ui always
git config --global color.branch always
git config --global color.diff always
git config --global color.interactive always
git config --global color.status always
git config --global color.grep always
git config --global color.pager true
git config --global color.decorate always
git config --global color.showbranch always
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