Playing with my brand new ZSH prompt, I needed to get a preview of my terminal colors.

To see the result above, you can :

  • download this script [] and save it locally
  • run it with python /path/to/ –terse

When working on your prompt (or any other output you with to colorize), you can pick the color you wish to use from the list.

Run, python /path/to/ without the –terse parameter. You will get a long list of colors, here’s a sample :

From this list, we can tell that 31 is the code for a red and 32 for a greenish yellow. Next in the list, we would see 33 for another shade of yellow.

You can eolorize text using the sequence \033[0;31m where 31 is the color you wish to display (here, the red)

For example, we can do

echo "colors \033[0;33mYellow \033[1;31mRed \033[0;37mcolors"

Follow up (how to bold, underline)

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