Hello there – Global Citizen again – this time with a practical tip on setting up the color scheme of the terminal.

Once a developer, always a developer, and today is no different. As I was diving in the depths of my website to improve my PageSpeed score – actually writing a separate blog post about it – I found myself constantly having to open up the terminal and hacking away at the WordPress underpinnings.

For my birthday, my wife got me a new Mac (thanks again babe!) and some of my settings are still factory – including the color scheme of the terminal.

As for color schemes, I swear by Solarized (thank you Ethan Schoonover).

Here is a step by step guide on how to set up your terminal on Mac to use Solarized.

  1. Download this convenient GitHub repo (thank you Tomislav Filipcic) as a zip file to your Downloads directory
  2. Unzip the zip file
  3. Hold down control and click on “Solarized Light.terminal” and select Open
  4. Hold down control and click on “Solarized Dark.terminal” and select Open
  5. Look at the two different terminals that are open on your mac and pick your favorite
  6. While terminal is your active program, go to the menu bar, select Terminal -> Preferences
  7. On the left side, you will see all the different themes – including the two you just installed above
  8. Pick your favorite (from step 5) and click on “Default”.
  9. Done, you’re welcome

Done and dusted – hope this was useful.