Text coloring in zsh

tools May 9, 2020

You can color your test in zsh by using the %F{...} syntax. To view all available colors use:

for i in {1..256}; do print -P "%F{$i}Color : $i"; done;
Listing all possible colors in zsh

To reset the colors use the special value %F{reset}.

Usage example

I am displaying the current time in on the right hand side of my terminal, in dark gray. The clock will conveniently stop for executed tasks, so that I automatically can see when I started that particular task.

You can do that by using the following config in your .zshrc:

# Show timestamp whan a command
# was issued in the right prompt


    zle reset-prompt

Other Shells

Users of bash can use this guide: https://redandblack.io/blog/2020/bash-prompt-with-updating-time/

Photo credit: Robert Katzki


Great! You've successfully subscribed.
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access.
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.