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Remove color codes (special characters) with perl

Terminal - Remove color codes (special characters) with perl
perl -ne 's/\^.{1,7}?m//g;print'
2012-01-02 01:32:33
User: Tracerneo
Functions: perl
Remove color codes (special characters) with perl

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]).


There are 8 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
sed -r "s/\x1B\[([0-9]{1,2}(;[0-9]{1,2})?)?[m|K]//g"
sed -r "s:\x1B\[[0-9;]*[mK]::g"'
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.

sed "s,\x1B\[[0-9;]*[a-zA-Z],,g"
2013-03-18 14:49:30
User: Zhoul
Functions: sed

Remove ( color / special / escape / ANSI ) codes, from text, with sed

Credit to the original folks who I've copied this command from.

The diff here is:

Theirs: [m|K]

Theirs is supposed to remove \E[NUMBERS;NUMBERS[m OR K]

This statement is incorrect in 2 ways.

1. The letters m and K are two of more than 20+ possible letters that can end these sequences.

2. Inside []'s , OR is already assumed, so they are also looking for sequences ending with | which is not correct.

This : [a-zA-Z]

This resolves the "OR" issue noted above, and takes care of all sequences, as they all end with a lower or upper cased letter.

This ensures 100% of any escape code 'mess' is removed.

sed -r 's/'$(echo -e "\033")'\[[0-9]{1,2}(;([0-9]{1,2})?)?[mK]//g'
2012-01-04 20:57:09
User: frntn
Functions: echo sed
Tags: bash sed

Remove ANSI colors from stream or file

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