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Ansi color for python

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A color module for python
$ git clone
$ cd pycolor
$ sudo python install


$ sudo pip install pycolor


Ansi color in python sucks. You basically have a handful of options, all of
which have their benefits but none of which really get the job done.

* Colorama
* Colorama is good, but it has limited color support (8 colors...)
* Termcolor
* Termcolor is basically Colorama without Windows support (8 colors, again)
* Fabulous
* Fabulous seems cool, but it is questionable whether or not it is kept up
to date
* Blessings
* Blessings is way too complicated

With pycolor you can kinda do whatever you want and it'll work. 256 color
support and attribute support, as well as the typical 8 color support. We also
do rainbow, because we're gangster like that.


print blue text

import color
from color import color_string
our_string = 'Testing that color module'
print_color(our_string, fg_color = 'blue')

return rainbows, and then print that to stderr
(gotta have some fun reading old logs right?)

import color
import sys
from color import color_string
from sys import stderr
error_nyan = color_string('ERROR! Unexpected Nyan\n', fg_color = 'rainbow')

print some black text on white background

import color
from color import print_color
print_color('some black text on white background',
fg_color = 'black',
bg_color = 'white')

`fg (object)`:

`fg` is an object within color that will return a simple escape sequence for
a specified color. fg is only meant to be used with the standard 16 colors(
black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, white, lightred,
lightgreen, lightyellow, lightblue, lightmagenta, lightcyan). To set the
escape sequence just call `fg.color` (i.e. `fg.lightblue`). The reset sequence
can be called by `fg.reset` or just ``. Lastly, you can call colors by
their one or two letter designation (b, r, g, y, bl, m, c, w, lr, lg, ly,
lb, lm, lc, respectively) in the same manner (i.e. ``)

`bg (object)`:

`bg` is exactly the same in every way as `fg`, except it returns the
background escape sequence instead of the foreground escape sequence

`atr (object)`:

atr works similarly to bg and fg, except it is for attributes. Supported
attributes are `reset_all`, `bold`, `dim`, `underline`, `blink`, and
`negative`. The short names are `ra`, `bo`, `d`, `ul`, `bl`, and `n`


`reset_all` resets all attributes, formatting, and colors. Usually only used
internally, but can be useful nonetheless

`get_bold, get_dim, get_underline, get_blink(speed), get_negative`:

These get functions return their respective escape sequences. `get_blink`
takes a single input being the speed (which is either 0 or 1)

`get_color_esc(attribute, color)`:

`get_color_esc` returns the escape sequence for the given color. It takes
two variables, attribute, which is either `'fg'` or `'bg'`, and the color,
which can be a number from 0 to 256 or a valid xterm 256 color name

`make_rainbow(string, start_color='rand')`:

`make_rainbow` is mostly for internal use, use `color_string(fg_color =
'rainbow')` or `print_color(fg_color = 'rainbow')`

`color_string(string, attribute = 'none', fg_color = 'none', bg_color = 'none')`:

`color_string` takes a variety of variables to return a string that is
coupled with various escape sequences. Attribute is one of the attributes
in atr (ra, bo, d, ul, bl). Similarly `fg_color` and `bg_color` can be set to
any color from get_color_esc. string is simply the string you want colored.

`print_color(string, attribute = 'none', fg_color = 'none', bg_color = 'none')`:

`print_color` works exactly the same as color_string except for instead of
returning the string it prints it to stdout.

License, bugs, etc.

Pycolor is licensed under beerware r42.
Throw me a msg at if you have some issue or whatever.
Also feel free to dm me on Twitter @Merglyn or reddit /u/Merglyn.
You can also learn more about Pycolor at

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