🎨 Use a color theme for your code's terminal output

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npm install terminal-theme@4.0.0


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🎨 Use a color theme for your code's terminal output.

A color theme enforces consistency and simplifies updating styles.

Your code specifies the default theme: styles and categories associated to them. Users can then optionally override it.

This supports 256 colors, Truecolor and terminal colors detection, thanks to chalk.


import terminalTheme from 'terminal-theme'

// Any category/key is possible
const defaultTheme = {
  error: 'red bold',
  success: 'green',
  title: 'white bold',
  // Truecolor is supported
  subtitle: 'rgb-150-100-100',

const exampleFunction = async function () {
  const { error, success, title, subtitle } = await terminalTheme(defaultTheme)
  console.log(success('example')) // Print in green color

User theme

Users can override the defaultTheme by creating a terminal-theme.yml in the current or any parent directory.

error: yellow bold
success: cyan

Or programmatically:

import terminalTheme from 'terminal-theme'

const exampleFunction = async function (userTheme) {
  const { error, success, title, subtitle } = await terminalTheme({


npm install terminal-theme

This package is an ES module and must be loaded using an import or import() statement, not require().


terminalTheme(defaultTheme, options?)

defaultTheme: object
options: object
Return value: Promise<object>


The defaultTheme argument is an object where each:

  • Key is a category with consistent styles. Examples include error, success, link, header, etc.
  • Value is a space-separated list of styles. Some styles require dash-separated arguments.
const defaultTheme = {
  // Single style, without arguments
  success: 'green',
  // Single style, with arguments
  warning: 'rgb-226-126-26',
  // Multiple styles
  error: 'red bold',

Return value

The return value is a promise resolving to an object where each:

  • Key is a category defined in the theme.
  • Value is a function applying styles to a string.
import terminalTheme from 'terminal-theme'

const exampleFunction = async function () {
  const { error, success } = await terminalTheme({
    error: 'red',
    success: 'green',



Type: boolean
Default: undefined

Whether colors should be enabled/disabled, regardless of terminal support. Colors support is automatically detected, so this is only meant to override that default behavior.


Type: Stream
Default: process.stdout

Stream used to detect colors support. This should be the file or terminal where the colors are output.


Type: string
Default: process.cwd()

Current directory. Used when looking for terminal-theme.yml.

Available styles

# Standard styles
bold underline inverse reset

# Those styles do not always work on Windows
dim italic hidden strikethrough

# Hidden when the terminal does not support colors

# Basic colors
black red green yellow blue magenta cyan white gray
blackBright redBright greenBright yellowBright blueBright
magentaBright cyanBright whiteBright

# Advanced colors

# Background colors
bgBlack bgRed bgGreen bgYellow bgBlue bgMagenta bgCyan bgWhite bgGray
bgBlackBright bgRedBright bgGreenBright bgYellowBright bgBlueBright
bgMagentaBright bgCyanBright bgWhiteBright
bgHex-* bgRgb-*

See also


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