set_color(1)                         fish                         set_color(1)

       set_color - set the terminal color

       set_color [OPTIONS] VALUE

       set_color is used to control the color and styling of text in the
       terminal. VALUE corresponds to a reserved color name such as red or a
       RGB color value given as 3 or 6 hexadecimal digits. The br-, as in
       'bright', forms are full-brightness variants of the 8 standard-
       brightness colors on many terminals. brblack has higher brightness than
       black - towards gray. A special keyword normal resets text formatting
       to terminal defaults.

       Valid colors include:

       · black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, white

       · brblack, brred, brgreen, bryellow, brblue, brmagenta, brcyan, brwhite

       An RGB value with three or six hex digits, such as A0FF33 or f2f can be
       used. fish will choose the closest supported color. A three digit value
       is equivalent to specifying each digit twice; e.g., set_color 2BC is
       the same as set_color 22BBCC. Hexadecimal RGB values can be in lower or
       uppercase. Depending on the capabilities of your terminal (and the
       level of support set_color has for it) the actual color may be
       approximated by a nearby matching reserved color name or set_color may
       not have an effect on color. A second color may be given as a desired
       fallback color. e.g. set_color 124212 brblue will instruct set_color to
       use brblue if a terminal is not capable of the exact shade of grey
       desired. This is very useful when an 8 or 16 color terminal might
       otherwise not use a color.

       The following options are available:

       · -b, --background COLOR sets the background color.

       · -c, --print-colors prints a list of the 16 named colors.

       · -o, --bold sets bold mode.

       · -d, --dim sets dim mode.

       · -i, --italics sets italics mode.

       · -r, --reverse sets reverse mode.

       · -u, --underline sets underlined mode.

       Using the normal keyword will reset foreground, background, and all
       formatting back to default.

       1.  Using the normal keyword will reset both background and foreground
           colors to whatever is the default for the terminal.

       2.  Setting the background color only affects subsequently written
           characters. Fish provides no way to set the background color for
           the entire terminal window. Configuring the window background color
           (and other attributes such as its opacity) has to be done using
           whatever mechanisms the terminal provides.

       3.  Some terminals use the --bold escape sequence to switch to a
           brighter color set rather than increasing the weight of text.

       4.  set_color works by printing sequences of characters to stdout. If
           used in command substitution or a pipe, these characters will also
           be captured. This may or may not be desirable. Checking the exit
           code of isatty stdout before using set_color can be useful to
           decide not to colorize output in a script.

       set_color red; echo 'Roses are red'
       set_color blue; echo 'Violets are blue'
       set_color 62A; echo 'Eggplants are dark purple'
       set_color normal; echo 'Normal is nice'  # Resets the background too

   Terminal Capability Detection
       Fish uses a heuristic to decide if a terminal supports the 256-color
       palette as opposed to the more limited 16 color palette of older
       terminals. Support can be forced on by setting fish_term256 to 1. If
       $TERM contains '256color' (e.g., xterm-256color), 256-color support is
       enabled. If $TERM contains xterm, 256 color support is enabled (except
       for MacOS: $TERM_PROGRAM and $TERM_PROGRAM_VERSION are used to detect from MacOS 10.6; support is disabled here it because it is
       known that it reports xterm and only supports 16 colors.

       If terminfo reports 256 color support for a terminal, support will
       always be enabled. To debug color palette problems, tput colors may be
       useful to see the number of colors in terminfo for a terminal. Fish
       launched as fish -d2 will include diagnostic messages that indicate the
       color support mode in use.

       Many terminals support 24-bit (i.e., true-color) color escape
       sequences. This includes modern xterm, Gnome Terminal, Konsole, and
       iTerm2. Fish attempts to detect such terminals through various means in You can explicitly force that support via set
       fish_term24bit 1.

       The set_color command uses the terminfo database to look up how to
       change terminal colors on whatever terminal is in use. Some systems
       have old and incomplete terminfo databases, and may lack color
       information for terminals that support it. Fish will assume that all
       terminals can use the ANSI X3.64 escape sequences if the terminfo
       definition indicates a color below 16 is not supported.

       Support for italics, dim, reverse, and other modes is not guaranteed in
       all terminal emulators. Fish attempts to determine if the terminal
       supports these modes even if the terminfo database may not be up-to-

Version 3.0.2                   Tue Mar 26 2019                   set_color(1)