OSX Color Terminal

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OSX Color Terminal

Since Apple released their latest release of MacOS X, changing the Terminal application’s colors have once again become a pain. Even with the previous release, you could drag and drop colors from the color swatch to the color you wanted to change. This feature has thus been removed in Leopard. Thanks to Ciarán Walsh, of http://ciaranwal.sh, we now have a solution to this issue.

OSX Color Terminal Setup

According to CiarÃn’s how-to, we use his OSX color terminal work-around Cocoa application. This will interface with the Smart InputManager Bundle Loader (SIMBL), to give us a menu of colors to change. So, let’s begin.

First, download the latest SIMBL, extract the files, and run the installer. This will install the libraries to the local drive libraries in the OS, which is where we should since we want everybody to enjoy the beautiful colors.

Next, we download CiarÃn’s Terminal Colors application, extract it, and copy the bundle file to /Library/Application Support/SIMPL/Plugins.

Now, restart the Terminal, and then open the Terminal’s Preferences. Click the Settings tab, and then the “More…” button, right below the Selection color. Last, change the colors to your liking, and enjoy being able to see that dark blue you couldn’t before, and changing the colors to fit your color scheme.

More Options

This is only a single way to get color out of the terminal. You can also use alternative terminal apps in order to get default ANSI color options, as well as other features not included in the default OSX terminal.

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