The ansicolortags module provides efficient and useful functions to use colours in a terminal application with Python 2 and 3, with a HTML-tag like style : <red>text<white> will print text in red.
All ANSI colors code are defined with this tag-like style. This point is the main interest of this module, because all others modules define function to print with some colours.
You can choose one of the 8 basic ANSI colours: black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, white. The names beginning with a lowerscript design foreground colours.
from ansicolortags import printc printc('<reset>This is default. <red>This is red<yellow> and yellow in foreground now<reset>').
You can choose one of the 8 basic ANSI colours: Black, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Magenta, Cyan, White. The names beginning with a upperscript design background colors.
from ansicolortags import printc ansicolortags.printc('<Default>this is default. <Blue>this have a blue background<Black> and black in background now<reset>').
Some macros are also provided, like the tags <ERROR>, <INFO> or <WARNING>.
And also <warning> and <question>, which respectively give a colored ! and ?.
The reset tag is a special tag to reinitialize all previously changed parameters.
Writing to a file ?
This is possible with the writec function. For example:
import sys from ansicolortags import writec writec('<ERROR><u><red>The computer is going to explode!<reset>', fn=sys.stderr) # sys.stderr.flush() # this is useless : writec flush itself.
Of course, the colors are disabled if the output does not support them.
It works perfectly on any GNU/Linux (tested with Ubuntu 10+, Debian, Arch Linux) and Windows (with or without Cygwin), and should work fine one MAC OS X or on other UNIX-like.
There is also the xtitle() function, to change the title of the terminal. This try to use the command-line tool xtitle, and if it fails it tries to use an ANSI code to change the title.
There is also a notify() function to display a system notification (using the command-line tool notify-send).
ansicolortags.py is also a script. You can have his description (or use it) directly with:
python -m ansicolortags --help
ansicolortags.py can be used to run some tests (with the --test option).
ansicolortags.py can be used to generate a GNU/Bash color profile (with the --generate --file color.sh options).
This sh file can be imported with $ . color.sh in any GNU/Bash scripts, or even in your ~/.bashrc file.
This module is licensed under the term of the MIT License, see the file LICENSE for more details.
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