Colorise console in Mac OS X

$ brew install coreutils
Next we add some extra configuration to our $ vim ~/.bash_profile

#Setting for the new UTF-8 terminal support in Lion

export LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8

export LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8

# MacPorts Installer addition on 2012-12-25_at_04:10:11: adding an appropriate PATH variable for use with MacPorts.

export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH

export MANPATH=/opt/local/share/man:$MANPATH

# Finished adapting your PATH environment variable for use with MacPorts.

#Adding PATH variable for use GNU coreutils bay defaul



# Finished adapting your PATH environment variable for use GNU coreutils bay default

# Terminal colours (after installing GNU coreutils)

NM=”\[\033[1;34m\]” #means no background and white line

HI=”\[\033[1;31m\]” #change this for letter colors

HII=”\[\033[0;31m\]” #change this for letter colors

SI=”\[\033[0;33m\]” #this is for the current directory


#export PS1=”$NM[$HI\u@$HII\h:$SI\w$NM] $IN\$”

export PS1=”$NM\@ $HI\u@$HII\h:$SI\w $IN\$ “

if [ “$TERM” != “dumb” ]; then

      export LS_OPTIONS=’–color=auto’

      eval `dircolors ~/.dir_colors`


# Useful aliases

alias ls=’ls $LS_OPTIONS -hF’

alias ll=’ls $LS_OPTIONS -lhF’

alias l=’ls $LS_OPTIONS -lAhF’

alias cd..=”cd ..”

alias c=”clear”

alias e=”exit”

alias ssh=”ssh -X”

alias ..=”cd ..”

we need to create a file called .dir_colors in our home directory that allows us to configure the colours used by ls:

touch ~/.dir_colors

# Configuration file for dircolors, a utility to help you set the

# LS_COLORS environment variable used by GNU ls with the –color option.

# The keywords COLOR, OPTIONS, and EIGHTBIT (honored by the

# slackware version of dircolors) are recognized but ignored.

# Below, there should be one TERM entry for each termtype that is colorizable

TERM linux

TERM linux-c

TERM mach-color

TERM console

TERM con132x25

TERM con132x30

TERM con132x43

TERM con132x60

TERM con80x25

TERM con80x28

TERM con80x30

TERM con80x43

TERM con80x50

TERM con80x60

TERM xterm

TERM xterm-color

TERM xterm-debian

TERM rxvt

TERM screen

TERM screen-w

TERM vt100

# Below are the color init strings for the basic file types. A color init

# string consists of one or more of the following numeric codes:

# Attribute codes:

# 00=none 01=bold 04=underscore 05=blink 07=reverse 08=concealed

# Text color codes:

# 30=black 31=red 32=green 33=yellow 34=blue 35=magenta 36=cyan 37=white

# Background color codes:

# 40=black 41=red 42=green 43=yellow 44=blue 45=magenta 46=cyan 47=white

NORMAL 00   # global default, although everything should be something.

FILE 00     # normal file

DIR 01;36   # directory

LINK 01;37  # symbolic link.  (If you set this to ‘target’ instead of a

          # numerical value, the color is as for the file pointed to.)

FIFO 40;33  # pipe

SOCK 01;35  # socket

DOOR 01;35  # door

BLK 40;33;01    # block device driver

CHR 40;33;01    # character device driver

ORPHAN 40;31;01 # symlink to nonexistent file

# This is for files with execute permission:

EXEC 01;35

# List any file extensions like ‘.gz’ or ‘.tar’ that you would like ls

# to colorize below. Put the extension, a space, and the color init string.

# (and any comments you want to add after a ‘#’)

# If you use DOS-style suffixes, you may want to uncomment the following:

#.cmd 01;32 # executables (bright green)

#.exe 01;32 01;32

#.btm 01;32

#.bat 01;32

.tar 01;31 # archives or compressed (bright red)

.tgz 01;31

.arj 01;31

.taz 01;31

.lzh 01;31

.zip 01;31

.z   01;31

.Z   01;31

.gz  01;31

.bz2 01;31

.deb 01;31

.rpm 01;31

.jar 01;31

.dmg 01;31

# image formats

.jpg 01;35

.png 01;35

.gif 01;35

.bmp 01;35

.ppm 01;35

.tga 01;35

.xbm 01;35

.xpm 01;35

.tif 01;35

.png 01;35

.mpg 01;35

.avi 01;35

.fli 01;35

.gl 01;35

.dl 01;35

# source code files

.pl 00;33

.PL 00;33

.pm 00;33

.tt 00;33

.yml 00;33

.sql 00;33

.html 00;33

.css 00;33

.js 00;33

Finally, all you need to do is close and re-open the Terminal.

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