📅 April 11, 2017
Are you curious to find out what colors your terminal supports?
The program colortest-python answers this question by displaying colors in a variety of ways.
colortest-python is available for free from the Ubuntu repository. Use Synaptic or the command line to install it.
sudo apt-get install colortest-python
colortest-python in Action
Run colortest-python by itself to see the default results.
There are a number of options that customize the output, so make sure to check the man page.
The examples above are shown using GNOME Terminal (gnome-terminal). Different terminals might produce different results if they support fewer colors.
For such a simple program, this is fun to play with because it produces colorful results in an otherwise monochromatic terminal. If you need to determine what value maps to which terminal color for customizing your terminal colors, colortest-python is a handy tool to have.