Bash/Prompt customization

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There are a variety of possibilities for Bash's prompt (PS1), and customizing it can help you be more productive at the command line. You can add additional information to your prompt, or you can simply add color to it to make the prompt stand out. See this Forum thread for more information and examples.

Basic prompts

The following settings are useful for distinguishing the root prompt from non-root users.

Regular user

A green prompt for regular users:

[chiri@zetsubou ~]$ _
#PS1='[\u@\h \W]\$ '  # Default
PS1='\[\e[1;32m\][\u@\h \W]\$\[\e[0m\] '


A red prompt for root (copy from /etc/skel/, if not already):

[root@zetsubou ~]# _
#PS1='[\u@\h \W]\$ '  # Default
PS1='\[\e[1;31m\][\u@\h \W]\$\[\e[0m\] '

Applying changes

To apply changes to your .bashrc, do:

$ source ~/.bashrc

Slightly fancier prompts

Regular user

A green/blue prompt for regular users:

chiri ~/docs $ echo "sample output text"
sample output text
chiri ~/docs $ _
PS1='\[\e[0;32m\]\u\[\e[m\] \[\e[1;34m\]\w\[\e[m\] \[\e[1;32m\]\$\[\e[m\] \[\e[1;37m\]'

This will give a very pleasing, colorful prompt and theme for the console with bright white text.

The string above contains color-set escape sequences (start coloring: \[\e[color\], end coloring: \[\e[m\]) and information placeholders:

  • \u - Username. The original prompt also has \h, which prints the host name.
  • \w - Current absolute path. Use \W for current relative path.
  • \$ - The prompt character (eg. # for root, $ for regular users).

The last color-set sequence, \[\e[1;37m\], is not closed, so the remaining text (everything typed into the terminal, program output and so on) will be in that (bright white) color. It may be desirable to change this color, or to delete the last escape sequence in order to leave the actual output in unaltered color.


A red/blue prompt for root:

root ~/docs # echo "sample output text"
sample output text
root ~/docs # _
PS1='\[\e[0;31m\]\u\[\e[m\] \[\e[1;34m\]\w\[\e[m\] \[\e[0;31m\]\$ \[\e[m\]\[\e[0;32m\]'

This will give you a red designation and green console text.

Advanced prompts

Load/Mem Status for 256colors

This is not even pushing the limits. Other than using sed to parse the memory and load average (using the -u option for non-buffering), and the builtin history to save your history to your HISTFILE after every command, which you may find incredibly useful when dealing with crashing shells or subshells, this is essentially just making BASH print variables it already knows, making this extremely fast compared to prompts with non-builtin commands.

This prompt is from's BASH Power Prompt article, which goes into greater detail. It is especially helpful for those wanting to understand 256 color terminals, ncurses, termcap, and terminfo.

This is for 256 color terminals, which is where the \033[38;5;22m terminal escapes come from.

802/1024MB      1.28 1.20 1.13 3/94 18563
[5416:17880 0:70] 05:35:50 Wed Apr 21 [ +1] ~
(1:70)$ _
PROMPT_COMMAND='history -a;echo -en "\033[m\033[38;5;2m"$(( $(sed -nu "s/MemFree:[\t ]\+\([0-9]\+\) kB/\1/p" /proc/meminfo)/1024))"\033[38;5;22m/"$(($(sed -nu "s/MemTotal:[\t ]\+\([0-9]\+\) kB/\1/Ip" /proc/meminfo)/1024 ))MB"\t\033[m\033[38;5;55m$(< /proc/loadavg)\033[m"'
PS1='\[\e[m\n\e[1;30m\][$$:$PPID \j:\!\[\e[1;30m\]]\[\e[0;36m\] \T \d \[\e[1;30m\][\[\e[1;34m\]\u@\H\[\e[1;30m\]:\[\e[0;37m\]${SSH_TTY} \[\e[0;32m\]+${SHLVL}\[\e[1;30m\]] \[\e[1;37m\]\w\[\e[0;37m\] \n($SHLVL:\!)\$ '

List of colors for prompt and Bash

Add this to your Bash file(s) to define colors for prompt and commands:

txtblk='\e[0;30m' # Black - Regular
txtred='\e[0;31m' # Red
txtgrn='\e[0;32m' # Green
txtylw='\e[0;33m' # Yellow
txtblu='\e[0;34m' # Blue
txtpur='\e[0;35m' # Purple
txtcyn='\e[0;36m' # Cyan
txtwht='\e[0;37m' # White
bldblk='\e[1;30m' # Black - Bold
bldred='\e[1;31m' # Red
bldgrn='\e[1;32m' # Green
bldylw='\e[1;33m' # Yellow
bldblu='\e[1;34m' # Blue
bldpur='\e[1;35m' # Purple
bldcyn='\e[1;36m' # Cyan
bldwht='\e[1;37m' # White
unkblk='\e[4;30m' # Black - Underline
undred='\e[4;31m' # Red
undgrn='\e[4;32m' # Green
undylw='\e[4;33m' # Yellow
undblu='\e[4;34m' # Blue
undpur='\e[4;35m' # Purple
undcyn='\e[4;36m' # Cyan
undwht='\e[4;37m' # White
bakblk='\e[40m'   # Black - Background
bakred='\e[41m'   # Red
bakgrn='\e[42m'   # Green
bakylw='\e[43m'   # Yellow
bakblu='\e[44m'   # Blue
bakpur='\e[45m'   # Purple
bakcyn='\e[46m'   # Cyan
bakwht='\e[47m'   # White
txtrst='\e[0m'    # Text Reset

Or if you prefer color names you will know how to spell without a special decoder ring and want high intensity colors:

# Reset
Color_Off='\e[0m'       # Text Reset

# Regular Colors
Black='\e[0;30m'        # Black
Red='\e[0;31m'          # Red
Green='\e[0;32m'        # Green
Yellow='\e[0;33m'       # Yellow
Blue='\e[0;34m'         # Blue
Purple='\e[0;35m'       # Purple
Cyan='\e[0;36m'         # Cyan
White='\e[0;37m'        # White

# Bold
BBlack='\e[1;30m'       # Black
BRed='\e[1;31m'         # Red
BGreen='\e[1;32m'       # Green
BYellow='\e[1;33m'      # Yellow
BBlue='\e[1;34m'        # Blue
BPurple='\e[1;35m'      # Purple
BCyan='\e[1;36m'        # Cyan
BWhite='\e[1;37m'       # White

# Underline
UBlack='\e[4;30m'       # Black
URed='\e[4;31m'         # Red
UGreen='\e[4;32m'       # Green
UYellow='\e[4;33m'      # Yellow
UBlue='\e[4;34m'        # Blue
UPurple='\e[4;35m'      # Purple
UCyan='\e[4;36m'        # Cyan
UWhite='\e[4;37m'       # White

# Background
On_Black='\e[40m'       # Black
On_Red='\e[41m'         # Red
On_Green='\e[42m'       # Green
On_Yellow='\e[43m'      # Yellow
On_Blue='\e[44m'        # Blue
On_Purple='\e[45m'      # Purple
On_Cyan='\e[46m'        # Cyan
On_White='\e[47m'       # White

# High Intensity
IBlack='\e[0;90m'       # Black
IRed='\e[0;91m'         # Red
IGreen='\e[0;92m'       # Green
IYellow='\e[0;93m'      # Yellow
IBlue='\e[0;94m'        # Blue
IPurple='\e[0;95m'      # Purple
ICyan='\e[0;96m'        # Cyan
IWhite='\e[0;97m'       # White

# Bold High Intensity
BIBlack='\e[1;90m'      # Black
BIRed='\e[1;91m'        # Red
BIGreen='\e[1;92m'      # Green
BIYellow='\e[1;93m'     # Yellow
BIBlue='\e[1;94m'       # Blue
BIPurple='\e[1;95m'     # Purple
BICyan='\e[1;96m'       # Cyan
BIWhite='\e[1;97m'      # White

# High Intensity backgrounds
On_IBlack='\e[0;100m'   # Black
On_IRed='\e[0;101m'     # Red
On_IGreen='\e[0;102m'   # Green
On_IYellow='\e[0;103m'  # Yellow
On_IBlue='\e[0;104m'    # Blue
On_IPurple='\e[0;105m'  # Purple
On_ICyan='\e[0;106m'    # Cyan
On_IWhite='\e[0;107m'   # White

To use in commands from your shell environment:

$ echo -e "${txtblu}test"
$ echo -e "${bldblu}test"
$ echo -e "${undblu}test"
$ echo -e "${bakblu}test"
$ _
PS1="\[$txtblu\]foo\[$txtred\] bar\[$txtrst\] baz : "

Double quotes enable $color variable expansion and the \[ \] escapes around them make them not count as character positions and the cursor position is not wrong.

Note: If experiencing premature line wrapping when entering commands, then missing escapes (\[ \]) is most likely the reason.

Prompt escapes

The various Bash prompt escapes listed in the manpage:

Bash allows these prompt strings to be customized by inserting a
number of backslash-escaped special characters that are
decoded as follows:

	\a		an ASCII bell character (07)
	\d		the date in "Weekday Month Date" format (e.g., "Tue May 26")
	\D{format}	the format is passed to strftime(3) and the result
			  is inserted into the prompt string an empty format
			  results in a locale-specific time representation.
			  The braces are required
	\e		an ASCII escape character (033)
	\h		the hostname up to the first `.'
	\H		the hostname
	\j		the number of jobs currently managed by the shell
	\l		the basename of the shell's terminal device name
	\n		newline
	\r		carriage return
	\s		the name of the shell, the basename of $0 (the portion following
			  the final slash)
	\t		the current time in 24-hour HH:MM:SS format
	\T		the current time in 12-hour HH:MM:SS format
	\@		the current time in 12-hour am/pm format
	\A		the current time in 24-hour HH:MM format
	\u		the username of the current user
	\v		the version of bash (e.g., 2.00)
	\V		the release of bash, version + patch level (e.g., 2.00.0)
	\w		the current working directory, with $HOME abbreviated with a tilde
	\W		the basename of the current working directory, with $HOME
			 abbreviated with a tilde
	\!		the history number of this command
	\#		the command number of this command
	\$		if the effective UID is 0, a #, otherwise a $
	\nnn		the character corresponding to the octal number nnn
	\\		a backslash
	\[		begin a sequence of non-printing characters, which could be used
			  to embed a terminal control sequence into the prompt
	\]		end a sequence of non-printing characters

	The command number and the history number are usually different:
	the history number of a command is its position in the history
	list, which may include commands restored from the history file
	(see HISTORY below), while the command number is the position in
	the sequence of commands executed during the current shell session.
	After the string is decoded, it is expanded via parameter
	expansion, command substitution, arithmetic expansion, and quote
	removal, subject to the value of the promptvars shell option (see
	the description of the shopt command under SHELL BUILTIN COMMANDS

Positioning the cursor

The following sequence sets the cursor position:


The current cursor position can be saved using:


To restore a position, use the following sequence:


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Reason: Does't work. Seems to have a problem in \[\033[1;\$((COLUMNS-4))f\]. (Discuss in Talk:Bash/Prompt customization#)

The following example uses these sequences to display the time in the upper right corner:

PS1=">\[\033[s\]\[\033[1;\$((COLUMNS-4))f\]\$(date +%H:%M)\[\033[u\]"

The environment variable COLUMNS contains the number of columns of the terminal. The above example substracts 4 from its value in order to justify the five character wide output of date at the right border.

Return value visualisation

Use the following prompt to see the return value of last command:

0 ;) : true
0 ;) : false
1 ;( :
#return value visualisation
PS1="\$? \$(if [[ \$? == 0 ]]; then echo \"\[\033[0;32m\];)\"; else echo \"\[\033[0;31m\];(\"; fi)\[\033[00m\] : "

Zero is a green smiley and non-zero a red one. So your prompt will smile if the last operation was successful.

But you will probably want to include the username and hostname as well, like this:

0 ;) andy@alba ~ $ true
0 ;) andy@alba ~ $ false
1 ;( andy@alba ~ $ _
#return value visualisation
PS1="\[\033[01;37m\]\$? \$(if [[ \$? == 0 ]]; then echo \"\[\033[01;32m\];)\"; else echo \"\[\033[01;31m\];(\"; fi) $(if [[ ${EUID} == 0 ]]; then echo '\[\033[01;31m\]\h'; else echo '\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h'; fi)\[\033[01;34m\] \w \$\[\033[00m\] "

Or, if you want, you can build your prompt using the unicode symbol for a zero status and the unicode symbol for a nonzero status:

0 ✓ andy@alba ~ $ true
0 ✓ andy@alba ~ $ false
1 andy@alba ~ $ I\ will\ try\ to\ type\ a\ wrong\ command...
bash: I will try to type a wrong command...: command not found
127 andy@alba ~ $ _
#return value visualisation
PS1="\[\033[01;37m\]\$? \$(if [[ \$? == 0 ]]; then echo \"\[\033[01;32m\]\342\234\223\"; else echo \"\[\033[01;31m\]\342\234\227\"; fi) $(if [[ ${EUID} == 0 ]]; then echo '\[\033[01;31m\]\h'; else echo '\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h'; fi)\[\033[01;34m\] \w \$\[\033[00m\] "

Alternatively, this can be made more readable with PROMPT_COMMAND:

set_prompt () {
    Last_Command=$? # Must come first!

    # Add a bright white exit status for the last command
    PS1="$White\$? "
    # If it was successful, print a green check mark. Otherwise, print
    # a red X.
    if [[ $Last_Command == 0 ]]; then
        PS1+="$Green$Checkmark "
        PS1+="$Red$FancyX "
    # If root, just print the host in red. Otherwise, print the current user
    # and host in green.
    if [[ $EUID == 0 ]]; then
        PS1+="$Red\\h "
        PS1+="$Green\\u@\\h "
    # Print the working directory and prompt marker in blue, and reset
    # the text color to the default.
    PS1+="$Blue\\w \\\$$Reset "

Here's an alternative that only includes the error status, if non-zero:

PROMPT_COMMAND='es=$?; [[ $es -eq 0 ]] && unset error || error=$(echo -e "\e[1;41m $es \e[40m")'
PS1="${error} ${PS1}"

Tips and tricks

Different colors for text entry and console output

If you do not reset the text color at the end of your prompt, both the text you enter and the console text will simply stay in that color. If you want to edit text in a special color but still use the default color for command output, you will need to reset the color after you press Enter, but still before any commands get run. You can do this by installing a DEBUG trap, like this:

trap 'echo -ne "\e[0m"' DEBUG

Laptop battery status on prompt

See this article and this post for details.

Random quotations at logon

If you want a random quotation at logon (like Slackware) you must install fortune-mod:

# fortune is a simple program that displays a pseudorandom message
# from a database of quotations at logon and/or logout.

[[ "$PS1" ]] && /usr/bin/fortune
#[[ "$PS1" ]] && echo -e "\e[00;33m$(/usr/bin/fortune)\e[00m"  # Color: Brown

Colorized Arch latest news at logon

To read 10 latest news items from the Arch official website, user grufo has written a small and coloured RSS escaping script (scrollable):

   :: Arch Linux: Recent news updates ::
 [ ]

The latest and greatest news from the Arch Linux distribution.

 en-us Sun, 04 Nov 2012 16:09:46 +0000

   :: End of initscripts support ::
 [ ]

Tom Gundersen wrote:
As systemd is now the default init system, Arch Linux is receiving minimal testing on initscripts systems. Due to a lack of resources and interest, we are unlikely to work on fixing initscripts-specific bugs, and may close them as WONTFIX.
We therefore strongly encourage all users to migrate to systemd as soon as possible. See the systemd migration guide [ ].
To ease the transition, initscripts support will remain in the official repositories for the time being, unless otherwise stated. As of January 2013, we will start removing initscripts support (e.g., rc scripts) from individual packages without further notice.

 Tom Gundersen Sun, 04 Nov 2012 16:09:46 +0000,2012-11-04:/news/end-of-initscripts-support/

   :: November release of install media available ::
 [ ]

Pierre Schmitz wrote:
The latest snapshot of our install and rescue media can be found on our Download [ ] page. The 2012.11.01 ISO image mainly contains minor bug fixes, cleanups and new packages compared to the previous one:
 * First media with Linux 3.6
 * copytoram=n can be used to not copy the image to RAM on network boot. This is probably unreliable but an option for systems with very low memory.
 * cowfile_size boot parameter mainly for persistent COW on VFAT. See the README [ ] file for details.

 Pierre Schmitz Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:54:15 +0000,2012-11-02:/news/november-release-of-install-media-available/

   :: Bug Squashing Day: Saturday 17th November ::
 [ ]

Allan McRae wrote:
The number of bugs in the Arch Linux bug tracker is creeping up so it is time for some extermination.
This is a great way for the community to get involved and help the Arch Linux team. The process is simple. First look at a bug for your favorite piece of software in the bug tracker and check if it still occurs. If it does, check the upstream project for a fix and test it to confirm it works. If there is no fix available, make sure the bug has been filed in the upstream tracker.
Join us on the #archlinux-bugs IRC channel. We are spread across timezones, so people should be around all day.

 Allan McRae Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:28:51 +0000,2012-11-01:/news/bug-squashing-day-saturday-17th-november/

   :: ConsoleKit replaced by logind ::
 [ ]

Allan McRae wrote:
With GNOME 3.6, polkit and networkmanager moving to [extra], ConsoleKit has now been removed from the repositories. Any package that previously depended on it now relies on systemd-logind instead. That means that the system must be booted with systemd to be fully functional.
In addition to GNOME, both KDE and XFCE are also affected by this change.

 Allan McRae Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:17:39 +0000,2012-10-30:/news/consolekit-replaced-by-logind/

   :: systemd is now the default on new installations ::
 [ ]

Thomas Bächler wrote:
The base group now contains the systemd-sysvcompat package. This means that all new installations will boot with systemd by default.
As some packages still lack native systemd units, users can install the initscripts package and use the DAEMONS array in /etc/rc.conf to start services using the legacy rc.d scripts.
This change does not affect existing installations. For the time being, the initscripts and sysvinit packages remain available from our repositories. However, individual packages may now start relying on the system being booted with systemd.
Please refer to the wiki [ ] for how to transition an existing installation to systemd.

 Thomas Bächler Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:29:38 +0000,2012-10-13:/news/systemd-is-now-the-default-on-new-installations/

   :: Install medium 2012.10.06 introduces systemd ::
 [ ]

Pierre Schmitz wrote:
The October release of the Arch Linux install medium is available for Download [ ] and can be used for new installs or as a rescue system. It contains a set of updated packages and the following notable changes:
 * systemd is used to boot up the live system.
 * initscripts are no longer available on the live system but are still installed by default on the target system. This is likely to change in the near future.
 * EFI boot and setup has been simplified.
 * gummiboot is used to display a menu on EFI systems.
 * The following new packages are available on the live system: ethtool, fsarchiver, gummiboot-efi, mc, partclone, partimage, refind-efi, rfkill, sudo, testdisk, wget, xl2tpd

 Pierre Schmitz Sun, 07 Oct 2012 16:58:03 +0000,2012-10-07:/news/install-medium-20121006-introduces-systemd/

   :: New install medium 2012.09.07 ::
 [ ]

Pierre Schmitz wrote:
As is customary by now there is a new install medium available at the beginning of this month. The live system can be downloaded from Download [ ] and be used for new installs or as a rescue system.
In addition to a couple of updated packages and bug fixes the following changes stand out:
 * First medium with Linux 3.5 (3.5.3)
 * The script boot parameter works again (FS#31022 [ ])
 * When booting via PXE and NFS or NBD the ISO will be copied to RAM to ensure a more stable usage.
 * The live medium contains usb_modeswitch and wvdial which e.g. allows to establish a network connection using an UMTS USB dongle
 * Furthermore the newest versions of initscripts, systemd and netcfg are included.

 Pierre Schmitz Sat, 08 Sep 2012 09:48:52 +0000,2012-09-08:/news/new-install-medium-20120907/

   :: Fontconfig 2.10.1 update - manual intervention required ::
 [ ]

Andreas Radke wrote:
The fontconfig 2.10.1 update overwrites symlinks created by the former package version. These symlinks need to be removed before the update:

rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/20-unhint-small-vera.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/20-fix-globaladvance.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/29-replace-bitmap-fonts.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/30-metric-aliases.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/30-urw-aliases.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/40-nonlatin.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/45-latin.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/49-sansserif.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/51-local.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/60-latin.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/65-fonts-persian.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/65-nonlatin.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/69-unifont.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/80-delicious.conf
rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/90-synthetic.conf
pacman -Syu fontconfig

Main systemwide configuration should be done by symlinks (especially for autohinting, sub-pixel and lcdfilter):

cd /etc/fonts/conf.d
ln -s ../conf.avail/XX-foo.conf

Also check Font Configuration [ ] and Fonts [ ].

 Andreas Radke Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:54:23 +0000,2012-09-06:/news/fontconfig-2101-update-manual-intervention-required/

   :: netcfg-2.8.9 drops deprecated rc.conf compatibility ::
 [ ]

Florian Pritz wrote:
Users of netcfg should configure all interfaces in /etc/conf.d/netcfg rather than /etc/rc.conf.

 Florian Pritz Sat, 11 Aug 2012 20:00:02 +0000,2012-08-11:/news/netcfg-289-drops-initscripts-compatibility/

   :: Install media 2012.08.04 available ::
 [ ]

Pierre Schmitz wrote:
The August snapshot of our live and install media comes with updated packages and the following changes on top of the previous ISO image [ /news/install-media-20120715-released/ ]:
 * GRUB 2.0 instead of the legacy 0.9 version is available.
 * The Installation Guide [ ] can be found at /root/install.txt.
 * ZSH with Grml's configuration [ ] is used as interactive shell to provide a user friendly and more convenient environment. This includes completion support for pacstrap, arch-chroot, pacman and most other tools.
 * The network daemon is started by default which will automatically setup your network if DHCP is available.
Note that all these changes only affect the live system and not the base system you install using pacstrap. The ISO image can be downloaded from our download page [ /download/ ]. The next snapshot is scheduled for September.

 Pierre Schmitz Sat, 04 Aug 2012 17:24:30 +0000,2012-08-04:/news/install-media-20120804-available/

andy@alba _
# Arch latest news
if [ "$PS1" ]; then
	# The characters "£, §" are used as metacharacters. They should not be encountered in a feed...
	echo -e "$(echo $(curl --silent | sed -e ':a;N;$!ba;s/\n/ /g') | \
		sed -e 's/&amp;/\&/g
		s/<title>/\\n\\n\\n   :: \\e[01;31m/g; s/<\/title>/\\e[00m ::\\n/g
		s/<link>/ [ \\e[01;36m/g; s/<\/link>/\\e[00m ]/g
		s/<description>/\\n\\n\\e[00;37m/g; s/<\/description>/\\e[00m\\n\\n/g
		s/<p\( [^>]*\)\?>\|<br\s*\/\?>/\n/g
		s/<b\( [^>]*\)\?>\|<strong\( [^>]*\)\?>/\\e[01;30m/g; s/<\/b>\|<\/strong>/\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<i\( [^>]*\)\?>\|<em\( [^>]*\)\?>/\\e[41;37m/g; s/<\/i>\|<\/em>/\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<u\( [^>]*\)\?>/\\e[4;37m/g; s/<\/u>/\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<code\( [^>]*\)\?>/\\e[00m/g; s/<\/code>/\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<a[^§|t]*§\([^\"]*\)\"[^>]*>\([^£]*\)[^£]*£/\\e[01;31m\2\\e[00;37m \\e[01;34m[\\e[00;37m \\e[04m\1\\e[00;37m\\e[01;34m ]\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<li\( [^>]*\)\?>/\n \\e[01;34m*\\e[00;37m /g
		s/ *<[^>]\+> */ /g

To only get the absolute latest item, use this:

# Arch latest news
if [ "$PS1" ]; then
	# The characters "£, §" are used as metacharacters. They should not be encountered in a feed...
	echo -e "$(echo $(curl --silent | awk ' NR == 1 {while ($0 !~ /<\/item>/) {print;getline} sub(/<\/item>.*/,"</item>") ;print}' | sed -e ':a;N;$!ba;s/\n/ /g') | \
		sed -e 's/&amp;/\&/g
		s/<title>/\\n\\n\\n   :: \\e[01;31m/g; s/<\/title>/\\e[00m ::\\n/g
		s/<link>/ [ \\e[01;36m/g; s/<\/link>/\\e[00m ]/g
		s/<description>/\\n\\n\\e[00;37m/g; s/<\/description>/\\e[00m\\n\\n/g
		s/<p\( [^>]*\)\?>\|<br\s*\/\?>/\n/g
		s/<b\( [^>]*\)\?>\|<strong\( [^>]*\)\?>/\\e[01;30m/g; s/<\/b>\|<\/strong>/\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<i\( [^>]*\)\?>\|<em\( [^>]*\)\?>/\\e[41;37m/g; s/<\/i>\|<\/em>/\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<u\( [^>]*\)\?>/\\e[4;37m/g; s/<\/u>/\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<code\( [^>]*\)\?>/\\e[00m/g; s/<\/code>/\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<a[^§|t]*§\([^\"]*\)\"[^>]*>\([^£]*\)[^£]*£/\\e[01;31m\2\\e[00;37m \\e[01;34m[\\e[00;37m \\e[04m\1\\e[00;37m\\e[01;34m ]\\e[00;37m/g
		s/<li\( [^>]*\)\?>/\n \\e[01;34m*\\e[00;37m /g
		s/ *<[^>]\+> */ /g

Colors overview

The page at describes the various available color escapes. The following Bash function displays a table with ready-to-copy escape codes.

colors() {
	local fgc bgc vals seq0

	printf "Color escapes are %s\n" '\e[${value};...;${value}m'
	printf "Values 30..37 are \e[33mforeground colors\e[m\n"
	printf "Values 40..47 are \e[43mbackground colors\e[m\n"
	printf "Value  1 gives a  \e[1mbold-faced look\e[m\n\n"

	# foreground colors
	for fgc in {30..37}; do
		# background colors
		for bgc in {40..47}; do
			fgc=${fgc#37} # white
			bgc=${bgc#40} # black


			printf "  %-9s" "${seq0:-(default)}"
			printf " ${seq0}TEXT\e[m"
			printf " \e[${vals:+${vals+$vals;}}1mBOLD\e[m"
		echo; echo

See also

If you want to create a style all your own, you can take a look at these tips: