Unix/Bash Directory Listings Color

Just wanted to note here the col­ors I use when doing the ls com­mand in bash for future ref­er­ence. It should be a good start­ing point to those need­ing a bit more color as well.


The fol­low­ing con­tent is in the file ~/.dir_colors

# Configuration file for dircolors, a utility to help you set the
# LS_COLORS environment variable used by GNU ls with the —color option.

# The keywords COLOR, OPTIONS, and EIGHTBIT (honored by the
# slackware version of dircolors) are recognized but ignored.

# Below, there should be one TERM entry for each termtype that is colorizable
TERM linux
TERM linux-c
TERM mach-color
TERM console
TERM con132x25
TERM con132x30
TERM con132x43
TERM con132x60
TERM con80x25
TERM con80x28
TERM con80x30
TERM con80x43
TERM con80x50
TERM con80x60
TERM dtterm
TERM xterm
TERM xterm-color
TERM xterm-debian
TERM rxvt
TERM screen
TERM screen-bce
TERM putty
TERM screen-w
TERM vt100
TERM Eterm

# Below are the color init strings for the basic file types. A color init
# string consists of one or more of the following numeric codes:
# Attribute codes:
# 00=none 01=bold 04=underscore 05=blink 07=reverse 08=concealed
# Text color codes:
# 30=black 31=red 32=green 33=yellow 34=blue 35=magenta 36=cyan 37=white
# Background color codes:
# 40=black 41=red 42=green 43=yellow 44=blue 45=magenta 46=cyan 47=white
NORMAL 00   # global default, although everything should be something.
FILE 00     # normal file
DIR 01;36   # directory
LINK 01;33  # symbolic link.  (If you set this to 'target' instead of a
            # numerical value, the color is as for the file pointed to.)
FIFO 40;33  # pipe
SOCK 01;35  # socket
DOOR 01;35  # door
BLK 40;33;01    # block device driver
CHR 40;33;01    # character device driver
ORPHAN 40;31;01 # symlink to nonexistent file

# This is for files with execute permission:
EXEC 01;37;41

# List any file extensions like '.gz' or '.tar' that you would like ls
# to colorize below. Put the extension, a space, and the color init string.
# (and any comments you want to add after a '#')

# If you use DOS-style suffixes, you may want to uncomment the following:
#.cmd 01;32 # executables (bright green)
#.exe 01;32
#.com 01;32
#.btm 01;32
#.bat 01;32

.tar 01;31 # archives or compressed (bright red)
.tgz 01;31
.arj 01;31
.taz 01;31
.lzh 01;31
.zip 01;31
.z   01;31
.Z   01;31
.gz  01;31
.bz2 01;31
.deb 01;31
.rpm 01;31
.jar 01;31

# image formats
.jpg 01;35
.jpeg 01;35
.gif 01;35
.bmp 01;35
.pbm 01;35
.pgm 01;35
.ppm 01;35
.tga 01;35
.xbm 01;35
.xpm 01;35
.tif 01;35
.tiff 01;35
.png 01;35
.mov 01;35
.mpg 01;35
.mpeg 01;35
.avi 01;35
.fli 01;35
.gl 01;35
.dl 01;35
.xcf 01;35
.xwd 01;35

# audio formats
.ogg 01;35
.mp3 01;35
.wav 01;35

I then added the fol­low­ing lines to my .bash_profile near the end:

# for terminal colors
export TERM=xterm-color
export CLICOLOR=true
export LSCOLORS=GxDxHxAxCxegedafagacad

eval `dircolors ~/.dir_colors`

More info on LS_COLORS here.

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