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vivid is a generator for the LS_COLORS environment variable that controls the colorized output of ls, tree, fd, etc.

It uses a YAML-based configuration format for the filetype-database and the color themes. In contrast to dircolors, the database and the themes are organized in different files. This allows users to choose and customize color themes independent from the collection of file extensions. Instead of using (cryptic) ANSI escape codes, colors can be specified in the RRGGBB format and will be translated to either truecolor (24-bit) ANSI codes or 8-bit codes for older terminal emulators.


snazzy molokai ayu
snazzy theme molokai theme ayu theme


Choose a color theme (for example: molokai). Then, add this to your shells RC file (~/.bashrc, ~/.zshrc, …):

export LS_COLORS="$(vivid generate molokai)"

True color

By default, vivid runs in true color mode (24-bit). If you don't use a terminal that supports 24-bit colors, use the --color-mode 8-bit option when running vivid (vivid -m 8-bit generate molokai). This will use interpolated 8-bit colors.


Build Status

On Debian-based systems

Download one of the Debian packages from the release page and install it via dpkg -i:

wget "https://github.com/sharkdp/vivid/releases/download/v0.5.0/vivid_0.5.0_amd64.deb"
sudo dpkg -i vivid_0.5.0_amd64.deb

On Arch Linux

You can install vivid from the official package repository:

pacman -S vivid

On other distrubutions

Check out the release page for binary builds.

Make sure that you install the contents of the share/vivid folder at /usr/share/vivid or at $HOME/.config/vivid.

Via cargo

If you have Rust 1.31 or higher, you can install vivid from source via cargo:

cargo install vivid

Make sure that you install the assets (database and themes) separately. See above for instructions.


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