Coloured command prompt


What setting do I change to get a coloured command prompt, with login name and folder in different colours, like the following example:


I have another (self hosted) workspace where this isn’t happening:



You likely need to correct your ~/.bashrc file

Here is the contents of mine:

# ~/.bashrc: executed by bash(1) for non-login shells.
# see /usr/share/doc/bash/examples/startup-files (in the package bash-doc)
# for examples

. /etc/apache2/envvars

# If not running interactively, don't do anything else
[ -z "$PS1" ] && return

# don't put duplicate lines or lines starting with space in the history.
# See bash(1) for more options

# append to the history file, don't overwrite it
shopt -s histappend

# for setting history length see HISTSIZE and HISTFILESIZE in bash(1)

# check the window size after each command and, if necessary,
# update the values of LINES and COLUMNS.
shopt -s checkwinsize

# make less more friendly for non-text input files, see lesspipe(1)
[ -x /usr/bin/lesspipe ] && eval "$(SHELL=/bin/sh lesspipe)"

# Alias definitions.
# You may want to put all your additions into a separate file like
# ~/.bash_aliases, instead of adding them here directly.
# See /usr/share/doc/bash-doc/examples in the bash-doc package.

if [ -f ~/.bash_aliases ]; then
    . ~/.bash_aliases

# enable programmable completion features (you don't need to enable
# this, if it's already enabled in /etc/bash.bashrc and /etc/profile
# sources /etc/bash.bashrc).
if [ -f /etc/bash_completion ] && ! shopt -oq posix; then
    . /etc/bash_completion

PS1='\[\033[01;32m\]${C9_USER}\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]$(__git_ps1 " (%s)") $ '

# If this is an xterm set the title to user@host:dir
case "$TERM" in
    PS1="\[\e]0;${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h: \w\a\]$PS1"

export rvm_silence_path_mismatch_check_flag=1

To update:

  1. backup the file: cp ~/.bashrc ~/.bashrc_bak
  2. Remove all text from the file: echo " " > ~/.bashrc
  3. Edit the file: nano ~/.bashrc
  4. Copy the above code and paste into file with CTRL + C and CTRL + V
  5. Save the file: CTRL + O, then ENTER
  6. Exit the file: CTRL + X, then ENTER
  7. Restart the instance or re-read from the file with source ~/.bashrc

Hope this helps!


Try this


Thanks so much, both. In fact, pointing to the .bashrc was the hint I needed because inside the stock bashrc file I found a ready-made line that just needed uncommenting:

# uncomment for a colored prompt, if the terminal has the capability; turned
# off by default to not distract the user: the focus in a terminal window
# should be on the output of commands, not on the prompt

if [ -n "$force_color_prompt" ]; then
	if [ -x /usr/bin/tput ] && tput setaf 1 >&/dev/null; then
		# We have color support; assume it's compliant with Ecma-48
		# (ISO/IEC-6429). (Lack of such support is extremely rare, and such
		# a case would tend to support setf rather than setaf.)

if [ "$color_prompt" = yes ]; then
	PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ '
	PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ '
unset color_prompt force_color_prompt