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I was wondering if there is a way of changing the color of the ">>>" characters at the beginning of a newline in python when accessed from Ubuntu's terminal. I already edited the ~/.bashrc to change the color of the text in my terminal, but is there any file like this for python?

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You can edit the Python prompt - see

I can't say how one would embed colour codes in the prompt string, but it should be possible.

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So I was able to change the color of the ">>> " by importing sys and then writing this: sys.ps1 = '\033[01;33m>>>\033[00m ' ; the problem is that the change is only temporary. – Bogdan Aug 23 '12 at 11:02
You can bypass this by writing a script, say mypython which runs python with the -i and -c flag. This can be used to run the import sys and the prompt assignment on startup. – Steve Kroon Aug 24 '12 at 5:57
@SteveKroon: See below answer for setting it permanently. – user Nov 12 at 15:01

You said

the problem is that the change is only temporary

To make it permanent, Guido recommends to



in your environment so you won't hve to think about it.

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