coloured shell prompt

export PS1="\e[1;32m\u\e[0m@\e[1;31m\h\e[0m\e[1;33m\w:#> \e[1;32m"
This coloured prompt will show: username in green, grey "@" sign, hostname in red, current directory in yellow, typed commands in green.

2018-12-10 14:08:06

What Others Think

To improve upon this, escape the escape '\e' char with \[, this will keep the character count correct so scrolling up through previous commands will stay lined up properly: export PS1="\[\e[1;32m\u\e[0m@\[\e[1;31m\h\[\e[0m\[\e[1;33m\w:#> \[\e[1;32m"
cbergeron · 156 weeks and 6 days ago
Better example (uses color, preserves up arrow scrolling including long lines): export PS1='\[\e]0;\u@\h: \w\a\]\[\e[01;31m\]\u@\[\e[01;36m\]\h\[\e[00m\]:\[\e[01;37m\]\w \$\[\e[00m\] '
cbergeron · 156 weeks and 6 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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