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Updating MacOS Terminal Color Scheme

August 08, 2018


Spice up the default color scheme of the MacOS terminal profiles with a set of pretty iTerm 2 color schemes.

To start, download an archive of color schemes from lysyi3m’s Github repository. Locate the downloaded file and unarchive it to a local folder. Navigate to the ../osx-terminal-themes-master/schemes directory.


Open the and press the Cmd + , keys to view terminal preferences. Choose the profiles menu. From there select the gear icon (bottom left) and import the desired scheme from the schemes folder, file type .terminal.

Once imported the color scheme is added to the profile list. Select the newly imported profile from the profile list. Adjust the other profile settings, such as font size, if desired. Finally, press the default button to set the profile as the default.

Color formatting may need to be enabled. To enable for bash shell. Copy the below lines to the ~/.bash_profile and restart the terminal.

export PS1="\[\033[36m\]\u\[\033[m\]@\[\033[32m\]\h:\[\033[33;1m\]\w\[\033[m\]$ "
export CLICOLOR=1
export LSCOLORS=ExFxBxDxCxegedabagacad

No actual productivity improvements, but it may feel like it.


T.J. Kolleh
Engineer with interests in the development & delivery of A.I. enhanced products. This site is a collection of thoughts about technology, and a way to keep track of research.