View Full Version : Gnome-terminal 256 color support

Pedro Borges
March 8th, 2009, 01:08 PM
Hi, is there a way to enable 256 colors support in the terminal?


Holy Cheater
March 11th, 2009, 07:25 PM
export TERM="xterm-256color"
There is no much use of it. But, for example, you can use 256-color vim color-schemes within terminal.

January 23rd, 2013, 09:33 AM
Is there any way to set the terminal of choice (In my case, Terminator) to launch with support for 256 colors rather than having to type in that command each time I reboot the computer?


January 27th, 2013, 09:51 AM
Adding a few lines to ~/.bashrc seemed to do the trick:

if [ "$TERM" == "xterm" ]; then
export TERM=xterm-256color

Although some menu shortcuts to in-terminal applications default back to 8 colors. Went around this by using the following example:

terminator -e "TERM=xterm-256color mutt"

Hope this helps anyone who come across this thread for the same reason I did.