How To Change Terminal Color in Ubuntu Linux: Background and Text

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Ubuntu Linux terminal color generally, by default is magenta or black. And if you are not comfortable with the default color you change both background and font or text color of the Ubuntu Linux shell. People generally prefer the Ubuntu terminal’s default color which is black background and white text color to avoid any kind of distraction. But you can be creative for fun in front of your friends by changing the bash background color in Ubuntu.



Tutorial to customize or change the Ubuntu terminal text and background colors

Note: For performing this, Ubuntu default color change guide, we are using the Ubuntu 17.04.

Step 1: Run the Ubuntu command terminal.


Step 2: Hover on the top bar of the Ubuntu and the menu will appear. Select the option “Profile Preference



Step 3:  Under the Profile preference you can set multiple things like Ubuntu terminal font size, Command preference, Text and background colors, and compatibility.

Here in this tutorial, we will select the color tab and under that, you will find all color customization settings.

First of all, uncheck the option “Use colors from system theme” that meant to instruct the Ubuntu terminal to use the default colors.

Now go to “Built-in schemes“, from where either you can choose the pre-defined color combination of text and background such as Black on light yellow, Black on white, Gray on black, Green on black, White on black, Solarized light, Solarized dar or custom. The Custom option allows to choose the color of your choice for background and Text in Ubuntu terminal.



Step 4: After selecting the Custom color scheme, now,  at the front of Default color option you will see two colors one is for Text and other is the background.

To change the Ubuntu terminal background color, click on the color box given just below it. As soon as you click on it the “Choose Terminal background Color” window will open. From where you can select the predefined colors for Ubuntu terminal background.

To get a more custom colors, click on the ‘+’ icon given just below the custom text as shown in the below screenshot.



Step 5:  When you choose the custom color, a color palette will open, from where choose the custom color via sliding the bar or using the color hexadecimal codes.



Step 6: In the same way,  you can change the Ubuntu terminal text color.

In the below screenshot, you can see that we have customized the terminal background with green and the text with black.

customize the ubuntu terminal default colors




Note: If you have any confusion or doubts let us know and we will try to solve them.

H2S Media Team
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