In my .bash_profile I have a parse_git_branch function from the internet, and a PS1 to color some of my output.

If possible, I would like to make my git branch name colored red, instead of white.

I tired changing a few variables, but with no luck. I would like (master) to be red, if possible.

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    OK; I gave you one free fish. Now it’s time for you to learn to fish. P.S. Please post text as text rather than screenshots. Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 4:20
  • @G-Man I think I found the solution, but I don't have my laptop with me at the moment to try it. I think by changing \w[033[m]\ to \w[033[31m]\ would give the desired output. I thought I had tried something like that and it didn't work, but I don't remember. I tried a few things before making a question.
    – DrZoo
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 14:55
  • That sounds right. Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 15:02
  • @G-Man that did the trick. Thanks for the link you shared.
    – DrZoo
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 4:45

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You can use color codes for this.


Where \e[31 will render everything on the terminal in red color, 31 being the color code for red and \e[0m resets the color back to normal so that your terminal isn't messed up(i.e all the text would be colored in red).

Read more about color codes here


I was able to get the git branch to print out in red by changing

export PS1="\[\033[36m\]\u\[\033[m\]@\[\033[32m\]\h:\[\033[93m\]\w\[\033[m\]\$(parse_git_branch)\[\033[00m\] \n$ "


export PS1="\[\033[36m\]\u\[\033[m\]@\[\033[32m\]\h:\[\033[93m\]\w\[\033[31m\]\$(parse_git_branch)\[\033[00m\] \n$ "

To highlight the specific change was using [31m\]\$(parse_git_branch) instead of [m\]\$(parse_git_branch)

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