Is there any config files for xterm for default settings? For example, on my system, xterm start with black text on white background, and I want it the other way around. I can do it by starting it with:

xterm -bg black -fg white.

I want to set in a config file that if I run it without arguments, it will start with these options.


Add these lines to a file named .Xdefaults in your home directory.

xterm*background:   black
xterm*foreground:   white

Then, run xrdb .Xdefaults and launch xterm :)

And here's a full guide to .Xdefaults if you want more: http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xdefaults

  • and: read 'man xterm' to find out possible settings for the .Xdefaults file – akira May 4 '10 at 10:44

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