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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:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6297072/color-for-the-prompt-just-the-prompt-proper-in-cmd-exe-and-powershell & http://gynvael.coldwind.pl/?id=130

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
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    @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
  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.

    • Note: Apparently, the latest Windows 10 console supports ANSI

  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

  • 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 '16 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 '16 at 4:41

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