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Generate a random text color in bash

Terminal - Generate a random text color in bash
echo -e "\e[3$(( $RANDOM * 6 / 32767 + 1 ))mHello World!"
2013-07-28 13:01:12
User: nst
Functions: echo
Generate a random text color in bash

The expression $(( $RANDOM * 6 / 32767 + 1 )) generates a random number between 1 and 6, which is then inserted into the escape sequence \e[3_m to switch the foreground color of the terminal to either red, green, yellow, blue, purple or cyan.

The color can be reset using the escape sequence \e[0m.

The full list of colors can be found here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Color_Bash_Prompt#List_of_colors_for_prompt_and_Bash


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