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Adapted from rust-ansi-term

Refactor for use fmt::Display and FnOnce(&mut fmt::Formatter) -> fmt::Result

This is a library for controlling colours and formatting, such as red bold text or blue underlined text, on ANSI terminals.

View the Rustdoc


This crate works with Cargo. Add the following to your Cargo.toml dependencies section:

yansi-term = "0.1"

Basic usage

There are two main types in this crate that you need to be concerned with: Style, and Colour.

A Style holds stylistic information: foreground and background colours, whether the text should be bold, or blinking, or other properties. The Colour enum represents the available colours.

Color is also available as an alias to Colour.

To format a string, call the paint method on a Style or a Colour, passing in the string you want to format as the argument. For example, here’s how to get some red text:

use yansi_term::Colour::Red;

println!("This is in red: {}", Red.paint("a red string"));

Note for Windows 10 users: On Windows 10, the application must enable ANSI support first:

let enabled = yansi_term::enable_ansi_support();

Bold, underline, background, and other styles

For anything more complex than plain foreground colour changes, you need to construct Style values themselves, rather than beginning with a Colour. You can do this by chaining methods based on a new Style, created with Style::new(). Each method creates a new style that has that specific property set. For example:

use yansi_term::Style;

println!("How about some {} and {}?",

For brevity, these methods have also been implemented for Colour values, so you can give your styles a foreground colour without having to begin with an empty Style value:

use yansi_term::Colour::{Blue, Yellow};

println!("Demonstrating {} and {}!",
         Blue.bold().paint("blue bold"),
         Yellow.underline().paint("yellow underline"));

println!("Yellow on blue: {}", Yellow.on(Blue).paint("wow!"));

The complete list of styles you can use are: bold, dimmed, italic, underline, blink, reverse, hidden, and on for background colours.

In some cases, you may find it easier to change the foreground on an existing Style rather than starting from the appropriate Colour. You can do this using the fg method:

use yansi_term::Style;
use yansi_term::Colour::{Blue, Cyan, Yellow};

println!("Yellow on blue: {}", Style::new().on(Blue).fg(Yellow).paint("yow!"));
println!("Also yellow on blue: {}", Cyan.on(Blue).fg(Yellow).paint("zow!"));

You can turn a Colour into a Style with the normal method.

use yansi_term::Style;
use yansi_term::Colour::Red;

Red.normal().paint("yet another red string");
Style::default().paint("a completely regular string");

Extended colours

You can access the extended range of 256 colours by using the Colour::Fixed variant, which takes an argument of the colour number to use. This can be included wherever you would use a Colour:

use yansi_term::Colour::Fixed;

Fixed(134).paint("A sort of light purple");
Fixed(221).on(Fixed(124)).paint("Mustard in the ketchup");

The first sixteen of these values are the same as the normal and bold standard colour variants. There’s nothing stopping you from using these as Fixed colours instead, but there’s nothing to be gained by doing so either.

You can also access full 24-bit colour by using the Colour::RGB variant, which takes separate u8 arguments for red, green, and blue:

use yansi_term::Colour::RGB;

RGB(70, 130, 180).paint("Steel blue");