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As we all know, Windows command-line have the white-black color scheme. And we could use:


command to change the colors of background and text.

But the command above will change the whole text in the command-line. E.g. the result of command is as follows:


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But I don't want this kind of color-scheme because that makes no difference with the original white-black one. It is hard to distinguish the command you input and the output of the command. What I want is something like this:

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I want the color of command prompt is different with other text on the screen so that I can find the command I input easily. But I only get the solution on Linux. It uses:

export PS1=”\[\e[35;1m\][\u@\h: \W]\$\[\e[0m\] “

So my question is:

How can I change the color of command prompt like the above one on Windows?

Thanks very much.


Following the prompt of @Luke I finally get the solution. Anyone who is interested in this topic please hit the two links below:

Color for the PROMPT (just the PROMPT proper) in cmd.exe and PowerShell? &

It is "ANSI hack developped for the CMD.exe shell".

Wish that would be helpful for you.

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The native Windows command prompt is not this configurable; you'll have to use a 3rd party solution. – Luke May 22 '12 at 2:08
@Luke Is there any existing 3rd party solution you know? – cloud May 22 '12 at 2:35
@Luke, Citation needed for such an assertion. – Pacerier Aug 24 '15 at 9:40
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  1. Get ANSI color support:

    • Install ANSICON (source)

    • Alternatively, ConEmu supports ANSI colors in your command prompts... not to mention that it also supports tabs, as well can use bash if you have cygwin, msysgit or other versions installed.

  2. Setup your command prompt via environment settings...

    • Click / press Start
    • type env
    • Click Edit environment variables for your account
    • Edit / Add a PROMPT variable

  3. More information on prompt options

  4. My own prompt...

    • $_$E[1;30;40m[$E[0;36;40m%computername% | %userdomain%\%username%$E[1;30;40m] $E[0;33;40m$M$_$E[35;40m$d$s$t$h$h$h$h$h$h$_$E[1;33;40m$p$_$E[1;30;40m$g $E[0;37;40m
    • $E - escape character
    • $E[...m - ANSI Color Sequence
    • $_ - New line
    • $d - Date
    • $t - Time
    • $h - Backspace (get rid of seconds and fractional seconds)
    • $p - Current Path
    • $m - Mount Path (if in a mounted drive)
    • $g - Greater than sign

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That's really a great tool. Thanks. – feihu Aug 29 '14 at 9:41
I've set %prompt% tojavascript:var str = '$_$d, $t → $p:$_'; for(x=0; x<511-str.length; ++x)document.write('='); document.write(str);. It doesn't require any 3rd party apps and solves the problem color is trying to solve. – Pacerier Aug 24 '15 at 10:36
@Pacerier do you have a url or reference to the support of javascript: for a prompt environment variable? – Tracker1 Jan 23 at 0:23
@Tracker1, No it doesn't work that way. I see the confusion now.... I meant , I've set %prompt% to the output of javascript:var str = '$_$d, $t → $p:$_'; for(x=0; x<511-str.length; ++x)document.write('='); document.write(str); – Pacerier Jan 23 at 4:41

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