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Colorful worry-free console applications for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

Project description

Yet another ANSI color text library for Python. Provides “auto colors” for dark/light terminals. Works on Linux, OS X, and Windows. For Windows support you just need to call Windows.enable() in your application.

On Linux/OS X autocolors are toggled by calling set_light_background() and set_dark_background(). On Windows this can be done automatically if you call Windows.enable(auto_colors=True).

In Python2.x this library subclasses unicode, while on Python3.x it subclasses str.

  • Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.3, and 3.4 supported on Linux and OS X.
  • Python 2.7, 3.3, and 3.4 supported on Windows (both 32 and 64 bit versions of Python).

Tested on Windows XP and Windows 10 technical preview.

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pip install colorclass

Example Implementation

Example Script Screenshot Example Windows Screenshot

Source code for the example code is:


Different colors are chosen using curly-bracket tags, such as {red}{/red}. For a list of available colors, call colorclass.list_tags().

The available “auto colors” tags are:

  • autoblack
  • autored
  • autogreen
  • autoyellow
  • autoblue
  • automagenta
  • autocyan
  • autowhite
  • autobgblack
  • autobgred
  • autobggreen
  • autobgyellow
  • autobgblue
  • autobgmagenta
  • autobgcyan
  • autobgwhite

Methods of Class instances try to return sane data, such as:

from colorclass import Color
color_string = Color('{red}Test{/red}')




There are also a couple of helper attributes for all Color instances:





  • Maintaining Color type through .encode() and .decode() chains.


  • Fixed Python 2.7 64-bit original colors bug on Windows.
  • Fixed resetting colors when reset_atexit is True.
  • Improved sorting of list_tags().


  • Added native Windows support and automatic background colors.


  • Added ability to disable/strip out all colors.


  • Fixed splitlines() method.


  • Initial release.

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