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Adding color to VIM and Cygwin

These are notes-to-self more than anything, but maybe you can use them. You can add colorized text to Vim by adding the following to .vimrc in your $HOME directory:

" Switch syntax highlighting on, when the terminal has colors
" Also switch on highlighting the last used search pattern.
if &t_Co > 2 || has("gui_running")
  syntax on
  set hlsearch

If you don't have this file, you can create it using :mkv. You can change your font-settings by editing them with Edit >> Select Font and then typing :set guifont, followed by :mkv!. I prefer Courier New, 9pt.

If you want colors for file listings (using ls) in Cygwin, add the following to your .bashrc file in your $HOME directory:

alias ls="ls -CF --color"

Posted in Java at Jan 05 2003, 03:12:08 PM MST 7 Comments

Thanks - this is what I was looking for. :-)

Posted by Steve on June 05, 2008 at 12:18 PM MDT #

Thank you, nice and simple

Posted by on August 18, 2010 at 09:45 AM MDT #

All roads lead to Raible... Even my random Cygwin questions. Your blog is gold. I'll skip google next time, just for grins. ;)

Posted by Erik Weibust on June 29, 2011 at 07:01 AM MDT #

Thanks. Note to self: make more notes to self. :)

Posted by Wouter on October 17, 2012 at 08:20 AM MDT #

Great article. Thanks for Sharing.

Posted by Annon on March 30, 2013 at 05:28 AM MDT #

i got this error by just putting syntax on only. "-bash: :syntax: command not found" but still works, i just always get the same error everytime i open cygwin.

Posted by on June 01, 2013 at 10:33 AM MDT #

Thanks you! I was all over the web trying to get my cygwin colors working. I new there was a shortcut for ls --color! Hector

Posted by Hector on April 24, 2014 at 03:43 PM MDT #

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