Earlier today, I was setting up my PuTTY environment at my university. PuTTY’s user interface lends itself to a number of hurdles.
Although it has a decent amount of customizability, the UI makes each task overly complicated. For instance, PuTTY makes editing the color scheme absolutely tedious.
With a glimmer of hope, I searched Google for a more elegant solution to edit my PuTTY color scheme without having to deal with PuTTY itself.
A post on StackOverflow, at the bottom of the answers, indicated the solution I was longing for:
The title is self-explanatory, it’s an easy to use Terminal Color Scheme Designer.
Steps for PuTTY on Windows:
- Customize the Color scheme how you see fit
- Click on ‘Get Scheme’ in the upper right
- Export Scheme to a PuTTY configuration File
- Save file as .reg (Registry Extension)
- Optional: If you are not trying to change the color scheme for the PuTTY ‘Default Settings’ profile, you will have to edit:
- Execute the .reg file (and accept the Registry Editor warning*)
As you may have noticed, this tool also works with many UNIX based terminals. I haven’t gotten to try it in Linux/UNIX environments, but please leave some feedback below if you run into any issues. I’ll see what I can do to help!
Big thanks to Maciej Ciemborowicz for creating this tool!
*Warning Note: I am not responsible for any broken Registries/Terminals that may be caused. Please read, understand and review files carefully before allowing them to edit your Registry.
For anyone wondering, the 4bit Terminal Color Scheme Designer supports the following terminal environments:
- xterm / aterm / rxvt / urxvt (.Xresources)
- gnome terminal (shell)
- guake (shell)
- konsole / yakuake (*.colorscheme)
- xfce4 terminal (terminalrc)
- iTerm2 (*.itermcolors)
- mintty (.minttyrc)
- putty (*.reg)
- terminator (config)