Mac OS X Lion Terminal Theme: Peppermint

Development 29/09/2011

Terminal Theme: Peppermint

I do a lot of work in Mac OS X’s Terminal.app, and I’ve spent some time tweaking the colors, font, and other settings to get it just right. The result is Peppermint, a Terminal theme for Lion (and Mountain Lion):

  • #000000
  • #E6E6E6
  • #FF0028
  • #4C4C4C
  • #FF6685
  • #A6EBA6
  • #FFDC72
  • #5DC6F5
  • #FF8FFF
  • #86D1D7
  • #DBDBDB
  • #737373
  • #FFA8BA
  • #C5EBC5
  • #F9F9A5
  • #8DDBFF
  • #FFABFF
  • #B0F0F0
  • #FFFFFF

The background, text, and bold text colors respectively on the top row; normal and bright colors below.

The text colors were chosen for maximum legibility on the dark background. The soft white text is accented with the red-pink bold text style.

Screenshot of terminal window on desktop

Peppermint on the desktop

Feel free to download the .terminal file and enjoy. See also dotzero’s port of Peppermint to iTerm 2.

Version 1.2

  • Specify Monaco font instead of Panic Sans

Version 1.1

  • Increased background opacity for better legibility when window is on a light backdrop
  • Removed background blur
  • Very subtle adjustments to colors

Version 1.0

  • Initial Release

Comments 15

  1. Shajahan says:

    Is this compatible with Lion? I don’t see any color highlights, all text is white.

  2. Shajahan says:

    I see you have mentioned Lion clearly… what should I do to make this work right.

  3. Hi Shajahan,

    Keep in mind that colors besides white will only show up when output is colored in the first place. For example, the Bash prompt in the screen above is styled with bold text, which I set in my .bashrc file:

    COLOR_BOLD="\[\e[1m\]"
    COLOR_DEFAULT="\[\e[0m\]"
    PS1="$COLOR_BOLD\u@\h \w \$ $COLOR_DEFAULT"

    Likewise, colored output from various utilities including ls can be turned on with

    export CLICOLOR=1

    A little Googling will find you more information about enabling and using colors at the command line.

    Hope that helps.

  4. vladh says:

    god, oh god yes.

  5. Brandon says:

    Beautiful! Now only if it supported iTerm.

  6. sarvin says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for the theme. It’s become my default in Terminal.app. One, very small, complaint; highlighting can be difficult to see when the backlight is turned down.

  7. [...] window and people asked me what theme I'm using. So here you go: it's a modified version of the Noah's Peppermint theme and you can download it [...]

  8. Wren says:

    Thanks! Loving my new Mac and this will help nicely in coming to grips with the Terminal :)

  9. Fabio Cionini says:

    Love this theme, but this is how it looks like on my 10.7.5 MB Air… :(

    http://imgur.com/LD0Iq

    Can you help me? I have already cleared font caches twice and nothing changed…

  10. Nano says:

    Outstanding! Using this in Mavericks for Rails development. Best Terminal theme I’ve ever used. Much appreciated!

  11. Jonathan says:

    How do you edit your .bashrc . I created one and plugged in the code and I still get nothing.

  12. Jonathan says:

    Update: For me I had to update my .bash_profile and not my .bashrc

    What is the difference between them all anyway.

  13. Samir says:

    Excellent theme! It’s real easy on the eyes. Using this on a 13″ macbook pro

  14. Jorge says:

    Love this theme. Very easy to work with. Much appreciate you sharing this.