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for code in $(seq -w 0 255); do for attr in 0 1; do printf "%s-%03s %bTest%b\n" "${attr}" "${code}" "\e[${attr};38;05;${code}m" "\e[m"; done; done | column -c $((COLUMNS*2))
2013-01-13 18:23:44
User: claudius
Functions: column printf seq
Tags: bash color colors

Shows the ?rendering? for each of the 256 colours in both the bold and normal variant. Using seq is helpful to get even lines, passing $((COLUMNS*2)) to column sort-of-handles the nonprintable characters.

sed -r "s@\^\[{1,2}([0-9]{1,2}(;[0-9]{1,2})?(;[0-9])?(m|K){1,2})?@@g"
2012-11-29 18:42:32
User: malathion
Functions: sed

Catches some background colors missed by the highest rated alternative.

perl -ne 's/\^.{1,7}?m//g;print'
2012-01-02 01:32:33
User: Tracerneo
Functions: perl
Tags: perl regex colors

Removes special characters (colors) in '^]]Xm' and '^]]X;Ym' format from file.

Use pipe ('input | perl [...]') or stream ('perl [...]

You can use 'cat -v infile' as 'input' to show special characters instead of interpreting (there is problem with non-ASCII chars, they are replaced by M-[char]).

( x=`tput op` y=`printf %$((${COLUMNS}-6))s`;for i in {0..256};do o=00$i;echo -e ${o:${#o}-3:3} `tput setaf $i;tput setab $i`${y// /=}$x;done; )

This is super fast and an easy way to test your terminal for 256 color support. Unlike alot of info about changing colors in the terminal, this uses the ncurses termcap/terminfo database to determine the escape codes used to generate the colors for a specific TERM. That means you can switch your terminal and then run this to check the real output.

tset xterm-256color

at any rate that is some super lean code!

Here it is in function form to stick in your .bash_profile

aa_256 ()


( x=`tput op` y=`printf %$((${COLUMNS}-6))s`;

for i in {0..256};



echo -e ${o:${#o}-3:3} `tput setaf $i;tput setab $i`${y// /=}$x;

done )


From my bash_profile: http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html

for i in {0..255}; do echo -e "\e[38;05;${i}m${i}"; done | column -c 80 -s ' '; echo -e "\e[m"
2010-07-21 17:30:36
User: cout
Functions: column echo

I like the other three versions but one uses nested loops and another prints every color on a separate line. Both versions fail to reset colors before giving the prompt back.

This version uses the column command to print a table so all the colors fit on one screen. It also resets colors back to normal before as a last step.

for code in {0..255}; do echo -e "\e[38;05;${code}m $code: Test"; done
2010-06-19 02:14:42
User: scribe
Functions: echo
Tags: bash color colors

Same as http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/5876, but for bash.

This will show a numerical value for each of the 256 colors in bash. Everything in the command is a bash builtin, so it should run on any platform where bash is installed. Prints one color per line. If someone is interested in formatting the output, paste the alternative.

L(){ l=`builtin printf %${2:-$COLUMNS}s` && echo -e "${l// /${1:-=}}"; }

One of the first functions programmers learn is how to print a line. This is my 100% bash builtin function to do it, which makes it as optimal as a function can be. The COLUMNS environment variable is also set by bash (including bash resetting its value when you resize your term) so its very efficient. I like pretty-output in my shells and have experimented with several ways to output a line the width of the screen using a minimal amount of code. This is like version 9,000 lol.

This function is what I use, though when using colors or other terminal features I create separate functions that call this one, since this is the lowest level type of function. It might be better named printl(), but since I use it so much it's more optimal to have the name contain less chars (both for my programming and for the internal workings).

If you do use terminal escapes this will reset to default.

tput sgr0

For implementation ideas, check my


hb(){ sed "s/\($*\)/`tput setaf 2;tput setab 0;tput blink`\1`tput sgr0`/gI"; }
2010-04-07 08:45:26
User: AskApache
Functions: sed
hb(){ sed "s/\($*\)/`tput setaf 2;tput setab 0;tput blink`\1`tput sgr0`/gI"; }

hb blinks, hc does a reverse color with background.. both very nice.

hc(){ sed "s/\($*\)/`tput setaf 0;tput setab 6`\1`tput sgr0`/gI"; }

Run this:

command ps -Hacl -F S -A f | hc ".*$PPID.*" | hb ".*$$.*"

Your welcome ;)

From my bash profile - http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html

for c in `seq 0 255`;do t=5;[[ $c -lt 108 ]]&&t=0;for i in `seq $t 5`;do echo -e "\e[0;48;$i;${c}m|| $i:$c `seq -s+0 $(($COLUMNS/2))|tr -d '[0-9]'`\e[0m";done;done
2009-11-03 09:12:13
User: AskApache
Functions: c++ echo

I've been using linux for almost a decade and only recently discovered that most terminals like putty, xterm, xfree86, vt100, etc., support hundreds of shades of colors, backgrounds and text/terminal effects.

This simply prints out a ton of them, the output is pretty amazing.

If you use non-x terminals all the time like I do, it can really be helpful to know how to tweak colors and terminal capabilities. Like:

echo $'\33[H\33[2J'
sed -r "s/\x1B\[([0-9]{1,3}((;[0-9]{1,3})*)?)?[m|K]//g
2009-11-03 00:34:06
User: vaejovis
Functions: sed

Removes ANSI color and end of line codes to the [{attr1};...;{attrn}m format.

declare -ax CC; for i in `seq 0 7`;do ii=$(($i+7)); CC[$i]="\033[1;3${i}m"; CC[$ii]="\033[0;3${i}m"; done

I was looking for the fastest way to create a bunch of ansi escapes for use in echo -e commands throughout a lot of my shell scripts. This is what I came up with, and I actually stick that loop command in a function and then just call that at the beginning of my scripts to not clutter the environment with these escape codes, which can wreck havok on my terminal when I'm dumping the environment. More of a cool way to store escape ansi codes in an array. You can echo them like:

echo -e "${CC[15]}This text is black on bright green background."

I usually just use with a function:

# setup_colors - Adds colors to array CC for global use # 30 - Black, 31 - Red, 32 - Green, 33 - Yellow, 34 - Blue, 35 - Magenta, 36 - Blue/Green, 37 - White, 30/42 - Black on Green '30\;42' function setup_colors(){ declare -ax CC; for i in `seq 0 7`;do ii=$(($i+7));CC[$i]="\033[1;3${i}m";CC[$ii]="\033[0;3${i}m";done;CC[15]="\033[30;42m"; export R='\033[0;00m';export X="\033[1;37m"; }; export -f setup_colors

CC[15] has a background of bright green which is why it is separate. R resets everything, and X is my default font of bright white.

CC[15]="\033[30;42m"; R=$'\033[0;00m'; X=$'\033[1;37m'

Those are just my favorite colors that I often use in my scripts. You can test which colors by running

for i in $(seq 0 $((${#CC[@]} - 1))); do echo -e "${CC[$i]}[$i]\n$R"; done

See: http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html for more usage.