Change the color of your Linux prompt

By | July 13, 2009

You can change the color of your BASH prompt to red with this command:

export PS1=”\e[0;31m[\u@\h \W]\$ \e[m”

To make the change permanent, create a .bash_profile in your home directory (if one isn’t already present):

touch ~/.bash_profile

and paste the line directly into the file. Save and close.
For other colors please see the attached list:

Color Code
Black 0;30
Blue 0;34
Green 0;32
Cyan 0;36
Red 0;31
Purple 0;35
Brown 0;33
Blue 0;34
Green 0;32
Cyan 0;36
Red 0;31
Purple 0;35
Brown 0;33
Light Color Code
Light Black 1;30
Light Blue 1;34
Light Green 1;32
Light Cyan 1;36
Light Red 1;31
Light Purple 1;35
Light Brown 1;33
Light Blue 1;34
Light Green 1;32
Light Cyan 1;36
Light Red 1;31
Light Purple 1;35
Light Brown 1;33

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6 thoughts on “Change the color of your Linux prompt

  1. Jeff C.

    Why go through all that when you can just click on “Edit” and then “Current Profile” and then “colors”?

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  2. T4L Post author

    @Jeff C.: not everyone has the possibility to use an X server. Or wants to. :)

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  3. Jeff C.

    Ahhhh….and the light shines thru. lol. I didn’t know that that was why that was there. Learned some thing new today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. aditya

    hey, that was a cool trick, here is my little addition,
    Have a different colored prompt each time you login, just add it to your ~/.bashrc

    #My custom colored prompt logic
    random_number=`od -An -N2 -i /dev/random`
    color_code=`expr $random_number % 7 + 30`
    single=`expr $random_number % 2`
    prompt=”$single”\;”$color_code”
    export PS1=”\e[“$prompt”m[\u@\h \W]\$ \e[m”

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