PowerShell and Git for the colorblind

PowerShell and Git for the colorblind

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My PowerShell, Posh-Git and .gitconfig color configuration because of some red-green troubles with the default configurations.

in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king


List current colors

$host.PrivateData |
	Get-Member -MemberType Property |
	Select-Object Name,@{label='Value';exp={$host.PrivateData.($_.Name)}} |
	Format-Table -AutoSize

With just changing how Errors are displayed, everything is readable, for me, with Cmder.

$host.PrivateData.ErrorBackgroundColor = 'Red'
$host.PrivateData.ErrorForegroundColor = 'Yellow' # or: "DarkMagenta"


List current configuration



My changes

$global:GitPromptSettings.WorkingForegroundColor = [ConsoleColor]::Yellow
$global:GitPromptSettings.BranchForegroundColor = [ConsoleColor]::Green

Get possible colors

  • Gray, Blue, Green, Cyan, Red, Magenta, Yellow, White
  • Black, DarkBlue, DarkGreen, DarkCyan, DarkRed, DarkMagenta, DarkYellow, DarkGray


Some breaking changes…

$GitPromptSettings.DefaultPromptPath.ForegroundColor = 'White'

$GitPromptSettings.LocalWorkingStatusSymbol.ForegroundColor = 'Yellow'
$GitPromptSettings.WorkingColor.ForegroundColor = 'Yellow'

$GitPromptSettings.BranchAheadStatusSymbol.ForegroundColor = 'Green'
$GitPromptSettings.BranchBehindStatusSymbol.ForegroundColor = 'DarkMagenta'
$GitPromptSettings.BranchBehindAndAheadStatusSymbol.ForegroundColor = 'Yellow'

Colors are interpreted with



List current colors

git config --list | Where-Object {$_ -Like "color*"}


Available colors: normal, black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, or white
Second optional color param values: bold, dim, ul (underline), blink, and reverse (swap foreground and background)

[color "branch"]
	current = yellow
	local = white
	remote = magenta

[color "status"]
	header = white
	changed = magenta bold
	untracked = magenta bold
	unmerged = magenta reverse
	added = yellow
	branch = white

[color "diff"]
	meta = blue white
	frag = normal bold
	old = magenta bold
	new = green bold

  • 22 August 2018 : Update for Posh-Git v1
Tags: powershell git