When I am on the Mac, the terminal is bringing up colors on the path, is there a way to remove them? This is what I have:

terminal path color

  • Google for "PS1 prompt bash"; hint look in /etc/bashrc
    – user22908
    Apr 27, 2013 at 19:00
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    This is a property of your shell (ie bash, tcsh, or zsh), not osx
    – Eric
    Apr 27, 2013 at 19:00
  • Please show us the contents of your PS1 (i.e. echo $PS1) and what shell you're using.
    – slhck
    Apr 28, 2013 at 20:55

2 Answers 2


Go into your Terminal's Preferences pane and navigate to;

Settings > Advanced

Click Display Terminal as: (or something similar, haven't got language on English there) and choose a non-color display-method;

Terminal list

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    Wouldn't that remove all colour from the terminal output? I am not 100% sure that the OP wants to remove all colour or just the colour from the prompt.
    – Hennes
    Apr 27, 2013 at 22:35

I solved this by adding this to the bash_profile file:

Open the bash_profile:

vi .bash_profile

Append this at the end of the file:

export PS1="\e[0;34m[\u@\h \w]\$ \e[m "

Save and close the file.

Final result: The path is in blue 0;34, \u gives you the username \h gives you reduced host name and \w gives you full working directory.

Complete options available:

\u = your username
\H = full hostname, e.g. bob.example.com
\h = reduced hostname, e.g. bob
\w = full working directory, e.g. /home/jamie/bin
\W = basename of the working directory, e.g. bin
\t = time in 24-hour format
\# = command number
\$ = root identifier; $ for regular users, # for root
\T = time in 12-hour format
\l = terminal device, e.g. tty4
\j = number of background/suspended processes 

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