C Programming / Linux – Color text output

Posted: June 9, 2010 in Linux, programming
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In linux, the way to print a colored text in the terminal using a C program or any scripting is to exploit the terminal command according to the need.

#include <stdio.h>

#define red   "\033[0;31m"        /* 0 -> normal ;  31 -> red */
#define cyan  "\033[1;36m"        /* 1 -> bold ;  36 -> cyan */
#define green "\033[4;32m"        /* 4 -> underline ;  32 -> green */
#define blue  "\033[9;34m"        /* 9 -> strike ;  34 -> blue */

#define black  "\033[0;30m"
#define brown  "\033[0;33m"
#define magenta  "\033[0;35m"
#define gray  "\033[0;37m"

#define none   "\033[0m"        /* to flush the previous property */

 printf("%sHello, %sworld!%s\n", red, blue, none);
 printf("%sHello%s, %sworld!\n", green, none, cyan);
 printf("%s", none);

 return 0;

The output of the above code looks like this in bash terminal:

The terminal command “\ 033[0m”, which is called here as ‘none’ is required to flush the previous setting (for example, strike or underline) otherwise this property will be applied to the remaining text, no matter whatever color we set.

  1. Shrikant says:

    very much useful

  2. otroanon says:

    Muy util, gracias por el aporte.
    Very useful, thank you for sharing.

  3. jamaican says:

    respec’ boss man!

  4. Poonam says:

    Wow very easy and useful for me thanx

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