ANSI Command Line Colors under Windows
November 28, 2011


Having colored text in the command line is a great help for spotting error or success messages. Unfortunately, those of us developing under Windows do not have this feature by default. Here’s how to enable it.

  1. Download ANSICON from:
  2. Extract the proper files (Depending on if you have a 32 or 64 bit machine) to c:\ansicon\ (For example). I have a 32 bit machine and hence I extracted the files from inside the x86 folder.
  3. Open an elevated privilege command line prompt and go to c:\ansicon, and then type “ansicon -i” without the quotes
  4. Add c:\ansicon to your path environment variable

Done. You can now enjoy the colored output of PHPUnit for example.

Extra Notes and Updates

Note: I have installed ANSICON 1.3 under Windows 7 x86 (32 bits). My best guess is that this process will work for other versions of Windows too.

Update: I have installed ANSICON 1.61 under Windows 8 x64 (64 bits) and it works perfectly. The above steps are also updated to work under Windows 8.

Update: I have written a new post on how to Generate Command Line Colors with PHP

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