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I am looking for a way to setup a background image on Cygwin. In the options of Cygwin shell Mintty there is no settings available to setup background image. Is there any other way to setup background image?

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How do I set a background image in mintty?

It is currently not possible.

There is an open enhancment request for this:

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Source Mintty Issues

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This has been added in mintty 2.9.4 (docs).

Example in mintty config (for me, using WSL, this file is located at %APPDATA%/wsltty/config):

Background=C:\Users\myself\Pictures\MyBackground.png,40

This adds a background image with an opacity of 40%.

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  • Works for me using Cygwin's mintty — with either slashes or backslashes in the file path. – Fran Oct 24 '19 at 18:36
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Looking at the options, it doesn't look like you can change the background to something other than a single colour.

There is an option within the settings to change the transparency (so you can make it similar to the terminal in Linux Mint).

Right-Click on the title bar for the console, click Options. Under the 'Looks' option, there is a 'Transparency' section, just select a level of transparency there.
Additionally, to make the background a slightly different colour, just click the 'Background' button and select a new colour.

HTH

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  • This answer may have been correct when written in 2015, but Warlike Chimpanzee's answer works for me. – Fran Oct 24 '19 at 18:35

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