It is possible to use colors on the Unix command-line interface.

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Changing Screen Colour Option similar to windows

My laptop has some screen or cable problem, because of which the screen is all pink colour. In Windows I use my Graphic Card configuration software to change the screen colours mixing colour channels ...
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Program similar to xcalib to invert desktop colors

I'm using xcalib to invert colors on my computer at home. I have two monitors at work, and unfortunately the xcalib -i -a inverts only one of them (the one I don't want to invert). I haven't found any ...
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How do you display xterm colors with putty/bash?

Putty has this "allow terminal use xterm 256 colour mode" that I'd like to use, but I don't know how. I've been using a color.sh script to output echo statements and commands with colors, and I want ...
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tmux, TERM and 256 colours support

Introduction My question arises from the necessity of understanding why I have now (after multiple trials) Terminal and tmux supporting 256 colours and tput colors telling me there are only 8 of ...
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vim: Use different colorscheme when connected over SSH

On my desktop I use the hbrid color scheme in vim, with the preferred colors set for my consoles 16-color palette (as described in the README). However, on my laptop, I use the solarized color ...
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how to edit and color bash's tab completion list

Following is what i would like to have. When the tab completion is ambiguous, and bash prints the list of possibilities. I would like it to colour the next character I should press inside every word ...
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How to have tail -f show colored output

I'd like to be able to tail the output of a server log file that has messages like: INFO SEVERE etc, and if it's SEVERE, show the line in red; if it's INFO, in green. What kind of alias can I ...
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dircolors “missing second token”

I'd like to customize the colors of ls and as far as I understand the way to go is with dircolors. I did: dircolors > ~/.dircolors Immediately after this I launch a terminal and get this error: ...
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How do I get the solarized colour scheme working with gnome-terminal, tmux and vim?

There's a lot of questions around this, but it's because there are so many variables. I had to piece together instructions from many sites before I got this working. First, I could not easily set up ...
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tmux hightlight colour setting

In tmux, the default highlight setting is a yellow background -- at least on my version and machine. This is when using the mouse on X11 but is the same with the console selection. I cannot find the ...
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tmux bottom bar color change

I recently started to use tmux and like it much, but it's green bottom bar is a bit distracting, is there a way to change its color? or a way to hide it?
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How to permanently change both STDOUT and STDERR color to grey?

This question is similar to Can I configure my shell to print STDERR and STDOUT in different colors? But I am looking for a solution that will allow me to change both STDOUT and STDERR to ONE color. ...
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Change colors for the Pantheon terminal emulator

I am using Elementary OS (based on Ubuntu 12.04) and I would like to change the coloring scheme for Pantheon Terminal window. Here's what I've tried: Elementary Tweaks Dconf Editor shell commands ...
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Strip color on OS X with BSD sed (or any other tool)

I'm on OS X, which has a BSD version of sed (which I'm guessing is inferior to a GNU version on Linux), and all the techniques for removing color on commandlinefu.com did not work. I tried replacing ...
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How do I use colors in the MOTD?

I edited the default /etc/update-motd.d/00-header, adding some color to make it easier to read: printf "Welcome to \e[1;34m%s\e[0m \e[2m(%s %s %s)\e[0m\n" "$DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION" "$(uname -o)" ...
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cascaded grep matches color code as pattern

I am piping output of one grep comand into another grep. The first grep is using --color=always, so that the first match is colored. In practice, that means that the match is enclosed between two ...
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How to change font colors in terminal?

I know how to change the font color via preferences, but it changes the color of ALL text, as in below:     What I'm going for is something more like this:     Any ...
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Location of colorscheme-files in Kate

In Kate one can export file Fortran.katehlcolor which store the information about color in syntax-highlighting. The syntax-highlighting files itself are located in ~/.kde/share/apps/katepart/syntax ...
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Dark blue color in vim or ls output in linux

I have a problem with dark-blue color in vim or ls output. Because I'm using black background color, words colored in dark-blue are almost completely invisible. How can I address this problem?
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How to change the output color of ls comman in terminal in OS X and iTerm2?

I know that a similar question has been as in: How to colorize output of ls ? Though, I didn't really understand the answer and couldn't really make it work. However, I have tried something ...
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256 Colors in xterm and tmux [in FreeBSD 10]

So these past few days I am working to make Xterm and tmux show all the 256 colors available in them by default. I reach these conclusions: for tmux to show 256 colors you have to make xterm to ...
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Why does vim color this .bashrc line incorrectly? Fixable?

I have the following line in my .bashrc that allows me to use rlwrap with sqlplus. Why does vim seem to color this wrong? alias sqlplus='rlwrap -c -f /usr/bin/rlwrap -b ...
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How to get the same ls with colors working on both OSX and Ubuntu?

When I want color in Ubuntu I do alias ls='ls --color=always' but on OSX this gives an error ls: illegal option -- - and I need to do alias ls ='ls -G' How can I create an alias with the same ...
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colourize the first part of each line

I have some chat logs like: (15:12:56) rubo77: mist migration (15:05:22) hans: ist hugo da? (15:36:13) rubo77: test (13:30:15) rubo77: what are the access data? (15:06:38) someone@jabber.ccc.de: user ...
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vim - better colors so comments aren't dark blue?

Mostly I edit ruby files, although shell script file comments are also # Currently my comments show as dark blue on black which is really hard to read. See screenshot. How can I change their color? ...
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Filter output of command by color

I am running a utility that doesn't offer a way to filter its output. Nothing in the text of the output indicates that a particular function failed but it does show in red. The output is so long that ...
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How would I add a prefix to input I receive from a pipe via awk and color the prefix conditionally?

Is there a way to add a prefix to lines received (and filtered) via awk - yes I know that's possible so far - and then conditionally (e.g. based on the existence of the $PS1 variable of the ...
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set gnome terminal background/text color from bash script

I would like to setup my gnome terminal's background(#002b36) and foreground color in ubuntu 13, using bash script. I tried gconftool but couldn't succeed. GCONFTOOL-2(1) User ...
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is there a way to set coloring for cd tab complete?

I use ubuntu 11.04. Is there a way to set coloring for output after tab completion listing of a cd, ls, or etc. ? i.e. myshell@root$ cd ~/user/files/ I hit tab... myfile myfoo mybar <-- this ...
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Emacs, complete list of color “keys”

If you want to customize the colors in Emacs, specifying them in the .emacs init file, without installing any extra package, and without using a pre-made theme, something like this seems to work: ...
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Colorizing your terminal and shell environment?

I spend most of my time working in Unix environments and using terminal emulators. I try to use color on the command-lin, because color makes the output more useful and intuitive. What are some good ...
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Highlighting text in bash when using reverse history search using Ctrl-R

Using Ctrl-R, I can search the history in bash. But what to do, If I want to highlight the relevant word which has been typed upon by me. Example: (reverse-i-search)`mount': sudo mount /dev/sda2 ...
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Program that passes STDIN to STDOUT with color codes stripped?

I have a command that produces output in color, and I would like to pipe it into a file with the color codes stripped out. Is there a command that works like cat except that it strips color codes? I ...
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Can I configure my shell to print STDERR and STDOUT in different colors?

I want to set my terminal up so stderr is printed in a different color than stdout; maybe red. This would make it easier to tell the two apart. Is there a way to configure this in .bashrc? If not, is ...
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How to change background color of side pane of Kate and Kile?

I am trying to customize the color scheme of Kile/Kate. I could do it, except I could not find any way to change the color of the side pane such as files, etc. I prefer dark background, and having ...
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How to install color schemas for Kate running on GNOME

How do I install schemas(like this one; for syntax highlighting, etc) for Kate (which is originally for KDE) running on GNOME 3? Trying to install with the install.sh script took no effect. Also, if ...
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Colors in Man Pages

When I look at a man page in my 'console' (not an xterm) I see some coloration, but I don't get this in my xterm's (e.g. konsole) is there any way I can enable this? hopefully a fairly simple ...
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What causes this green background in ls output?

There are two directories shown by 'ls'. Normally directories anywhere are blue on black background. But the first one is blue on green and impossible to read. Why is this? How to make it blue ...
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What are the color codes that I can use in my PS1 prompt?

I used several colors in my PS1 prompt such as \033]01;31\] # pink \033]00m\] # white \033]01;36\] # bold green \033]02;36\] # green \033]01;34\] # blue \033]01;33\] # bold yellow Where can I ...
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Schemes for linux tty and xterm

I actually prefer the font and colorscheme used when I'm in a tty terminal. After I start up a window manager, the colorscheme and font are completely different when I'm in xterm -- which is expected. ...
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midnight commander: settings for mcview not honored

Midnight Commander supports skins, where custom colors can be defined. I have created my own skin with custom colors. However, I am unable to change the color for the internal viewer (mcview). ...
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Can I change tmux status bar color when I hit C-b

I use tmux on the local computer then ssh and use tmux too. I can easily use them both (C-b twice for modifying the second tmux) but for more readability I'd like to highlight the status bar of the ...
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bold text when using 256 colors

I am configuring colors in Mutt, but I think my problem is general to linux terminal. For the 16 predefined colors (such as red) I can make it bold, by specifying brightred However, when using 256 ...
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Getting 256 colors to work in terminal multiplexer

tmux I followed Getting 256 colors to work in tmux: I have alias tmux='TERM=xterm-256color tmux' in ~/.bashrc and also set-option -g default-terminal "screen-256color" in ~/.tmux.conf In konsole: ...
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tmux color theme in emacs gtk

When I use emacs -nw I always use it in tmux 256-color mode. tmux applies its default color theme to emacs so it looks like this: For some reason I like that color theme far better than any other ...
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Convert rgba color value to a Terminal supported color

Randomly I will take the following example: rgba(122, 143, 186, 0.54) How can I convert this color to the closest Terminal supported color?
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Set tmux status line color based on hostname

I'd like tmux to pick a color dynamically based on the hostname of the machine. Since I share my tmux.conf across several machines, assigning an unique color for each of those hosts would be handy ...
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dircolors: rules for _ext (rather than .ext)

In UNIX, many file extensions do not contain the dot in front, as in bashrc rather than bash.rc or ssh_config rather than ssh.config I would like to add dircolor rules for _config as well. However, ...
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How can I get less or cat to use color in the output from .cat of my .bashrc, similar to vi 'ing it?

When I vi my .bashrc file it is colorized, i.e. but when I cat or less the file I get all white, i.e. How can I get cat (and less) to have color? cat does have color for my ruby .rb files but ...
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A shell tool to “tablify” input data containing ANSI escape codes

I have input containing ANSI color codes that I'd like to tablify. I want the output to remain colored, so the tablified output should maintain the ANSI color codes. Hence, naively stripping them away ...