How do I stop a bash shell PS1 color to stop at the end of the command?

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I have a custom PS1 colour where I have the actual shell commands in a distinct colour, just so I can quickly see what commands I typed and separate it from the command output itself.

Suppose the colour in PS1 is set to ‘blue’ for command prompt and the default colour in my shell is white.

  • I type a command e.g. ls, (ls -l is coloured blue)
  • The output it generates, first line is still blue
  • All remaining line comes as white

What I want is all the output after the command to be ‘white’.

Another example:

  • I type a command ‘cat ‘, colour is blue
  • The output comes, the whole output is blue

I would like the output to be ‘white’ while keeping the command prompt I typed ‘blue’

On some commands, it is fine, other commands, the same colour overflows into the first line of the output and then the default colour kicks in and some other commands, the whole output (e.g. cat) has the same colour.

Is there a way to keep just the commands I typed in one colour and the rest to the default?

I’m on OSX.


Here’s a screenshot that @derobert’s linked to in the comments that shows what I’m looking for.


How to solve :

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Method 1

You’re basically wanting to reset the terminal color right before bash executes the command. This can be done with a trap.

For example:

trap '[[ -t 1 ]] && tput sgr0' DEBUG

Bash executes the DEBUG trap immediately before the command, so this will result in tput sgr0 (which resets formatting attributes) being run before each command.

The [[ -t 1 ]] is a safety check to make sure that STDOUT is actually a terminal. There might be some cases where bash’s STDOUT isn’t connected to a terminal (piping, remote ssh, etc), and so you don’t want tput to send terminal escape codes.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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