I want to change my gnome-terminal lines color by using commands.

I know how change it by going to profile and clicking

Profiles" - "Profile preferences" - "color" - "background color", but I want to use commands.


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In the current version of gnome-terminal you can't change background and color when starting a new terminal It used to be with these options: --background <color> and --foreground <color>

Now you can start your terminal specifying the profile:

gnome-terminal --window-with-profile <your profile>

You can also edit the current profile using gconftool. for instance, to edit colors of the Default profile:

gconftool-2 --set "/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/foreground_color" --type string "#EEEEEEEEECEC"
gconftool-2 --set "/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/background_color" --type string "#000000000000"

You might be interested in theme.sh. It is a self contained script which comes with a number of prepacked themes and can be used like so:

theme.sh <themename>

Terminal has limited options. Install Terminator, many available options, multiple windows. You can select background and font color. All done through preferences GUI interface.

Command Line

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install terminator

Or, get it through the Software Center.

Preferences can also be set through command line, by editing the Terminator config file.

cd /.config/terminator/
gedit config

The manpage for all available options for editing are contained in this link.

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