I've been developing in linux at my day job for the past year or so and while I'm quite happy to be back in OS X I'm missing some features from Ubuntu/Gnome.

Is it possible to get the reverse video effect when selection text in gnome-terminal in iTerm2?


Sounds like this is an unimplemented feature. To see the feature request (with screenshots of the desired effect!), check this issue out.

  • For those of us OS X users who don't have GNOME Terminal, can you explain what the "reverse video" effect is? – slhck May 28 '13 at 14:25
  • @slhck unless I'm mistaken, they are referring to a standard unix color option, to flip the foreground and background colors – demure May 28 '13 at 14:31
  • @demure Could be. Reading "reverse video" I was thinking about moving video of some kind. – slhck May 28 '13 at 14:33
  • @slhck: just added a link to my feature request which has screen shots. :) – Tim Visher May 28 '13 at 20:24

For iTerm2, go to Preferences -> Profiles -> Your Profile -> Color, then set "Selection" to match "Foreground", and "Selected Text" to match "Background".
Currently open windows will not reflect change.

Note: This approximates, but is not true, reverse video.

  • Thanks for the response! This isn't really very close to what I'm hoping for. The reason this comes up for me is that I have something like ag or grep that colorizes it's output. When I read through code in the terminal, it's really helpful to be able to make quick selections with the mouse to add in visual anchor points for what I'm currently reading/already read. But in iTerm2, the selection is always a flat color, without preserving the colors beneath the selection. That's why I want the reverse video effect. – Tim Visher May 28 '13 at 18:07
  • @TimVisher you might have to submit a feature request. – demure May 28 '13 at 18:54

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