IR_Black Theme Add Colors Easily to the Terminal in Mac OS X
We recently covered the classic method of adding colors to the command line by editing .bash_profile, but it turns out that Terminal in OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion both support custom ANSI colors, giving the ability to easily change the ansi color scheme through external theme files. One such color scheme is the popular TextMate theme IR_Black which has been converted over to Terminal, it’s easy to read subdued pastels aren’t nearly as garish against a dark background and makes for a great looking command line.
Installing IR_Black theme into Terminal is simple:
- Grab the IR_Black Terminal theme from the creator here or download it directly
- Uncompress the zip file and double-click on the IR_Black.terminal file to import it into Terminal
- Open Terminal Preferences, click on the “Settings” tab, and choose IR_Black as the default
You’ll find the ANSI colors in the same settings window if you want to tweak them a bit or to see a preview of what they’ll look like. If you want the colors to differentiate more, unselect “Use bold fonts” and check the box for “Use bright colors for bold text”, this gives a more clear distinction between items and colors in some commands output.
The other thing you may want to change is window size, found under the “Window” tab, Columns set to “80” and Rows set to “24” are the standard width and height settings, rather than the wide and short default of IR_Black.