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Package color is an ANSI color package to output colorized or SGR defined output to the standard output. The API can be used in several way, pick one that suits you. Use simple and default helper functions with predefined foreground colors: However there are times where custom color mixes are required. Below are some examples to create custom color objects and use the print functions of each separate color object. You can create PrintXxx functions to simplify even more: You can also FprintXxx functions to pass your own io.Writer: Or create SprintXxx functions to mix strings with other non-colorized strings: Windows support is enabled by default. All Print functions work as intended. However only for color.SprintXXX functions, user should use fmt.FprintXXX and set the output to color.Output: Using with existing code is possible. Just use the Set() method to set the standard output to the given parameters. That way a rewrite of an existing code is not required. There might be a case where you want to disable color output (for example to pipe the standard output of your app to somewhere else). `Color` has support to disable colors both globally and for single color definition. For example suppose you have a CLI app and a `--no-color` bool flag. You can easily disable the color output with: It also has support for single color definitions (local). You can disable/enable color output on the fly:

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Color lets you use colorized outputs in terms of ANSI Escape Codes in Go (Golang). It has support for Windows too! The API can be used in several ways, pick one that suits you.



go get


Standard colors

// Print with default helper functions
color.Cyan("Prints text in cyan.")

// A newline will be appended automatically
color.Blue("Prints %s in blue.", "text")

// These are using the default foreground colors
color.Red("We have red")
color.Magenta("And many others ..")

Mix and reuse colors

// Create a new color object
c := color.New(color.FgCyan).Add(color.Underline)
c.Println("Prints cyan text with an underline.")

// Or just add them to New()
d := color.New(color.FgCyan, color.Bold)
d.Printf("This prints bold cyan %s\n", "too!.")

// Mix up foreground and background colors, create new mixes!
red := color.New(color.FgRed)

boldRed := red.Add(color.Bold)
boldRed.Println("This will print text in bold red.")

whiteBackground := red.Add(color.BgWhite)
whiteBackground.Println("Red text with white background.")

Use your own output (io.Writer)

// Use your own io.Writer output
color.New(color.FgBlue).Fprintln(myWriter, "blue color!")

blue := color.New(color.FgBlue)
blue.Fprint(writer, "This will print text in blue.")

Custom print functions (PrintFunc)

// Create a custom print function for convenience
red := color.New(color.FgRed).PrintfFunc()
red("Error: %s", err)

// Mix up multiple attributes
notice := color.New(color.Bold, color.FgGreen).PrintlnFunc()
notice("Don't forget this...")

Custom fprint functions (FprintFunc)

blue := color.New(color.FgBlue).FprintfFunc()
blue(myWriter, "important notice: %s", stars)

// Mix up with multiple attributes
success := color.New(color.Bold, color.FgGreen).FprintlnFunc()
success(myWriter, "Don't forget this...")

Insert into noncolor strings (SprintFunc)

// Create SprintXxx functions to mix strings with other non-colorized strings:
yellow := color.New(color.FgYellow).SprintFunc()
red := color.New(color.FgRed).SprintFunc()
fmt.Printf("This is a %s and this is %s.\n", yellow("warning"), red("error"))

info := color.New(color.FgWhite, color.BgGreen).SprintFunc()
fmt.Printf("This %s rocks!\n", info("package"))

// Use helper functions
fmt.Println("This", color.RedString("warning"), "should be not neglected.")
fmt.Printf("%v %v\n", color.GreenString("Info:"), "an important message.")

// Windows supported too! Just don't forget to change the output to color.Output
fmt.Fprintf(color.Output, "Windows support: %s", color.GreenString("PASS"))

Plug into existing code

// Use handy standard colors

fmt.Println("Existing text will now be in yellow")
fmt.Printf("This one %s\n", "too")

color.Unset() // Don't forget to unset

// You can mix up parameters
color.Set(color.FgMagenta, color.Bold)
defer color.Unset() // Use it in your function

fmt.Println("All text will now be bold magenta.")

Disable/Enable color

There might be a case where you want to explicitly disable/enable color output. the go-isatty package will automatically disable color output for non-tty output streams (for example if the output were piped directly to less).

The color package also disables color output if the NO_COLOR environment variable is set to a non-empty string.

Color has support to disable/enable colors programmatically both globally and for single color definitions. For example suppose you have a CLI app and a -no-color bool flag. You can easily disable the color output with:

var flagNoColor = flag.Bool("no-color", false, "Disable color output")

if *flagNoColor {
	color.NoColor = true // disables colorized output

It also has support for single color definitions (local). You can disable/enable color output on the fly:

c := color.New(color.FgCyan)
c.Println("Prints cyan text")

c.Println("This is printed without any color")

c.Println("This prints again cyan...")

GitHub Actions

To output color in GitHub Actions (or other CI systems that support ANSI colors), make sure to set color.NoColor = false so that it bypasses the check for non-tty output streams.


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Package last updated on 06 Nov 2023

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