How can I make some output bold in Ubuntu terminal

echo "text bold text"

text bold text

or the same from

cat my_file

Here's how:

echo -e "text \033[1mbold\033[0m text"

See "Colorizing" Scripts tutorial.

It's not possible to do for cat that way. cat will merely print the characters of the file onto standard out. The closest thing I can come up with is the following:

If you put text \033[1mbold\033[0m text you can do

echo -e `cat test.txt`
  • what I wanted in cat is the same. I do 'echo -e "text \033[1mbold\033[0m text" > myfile' and then 'cat myfile' thank you for showing this. – varsketiz May 26 '11 at 9:07
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    More generally, "echo $(tput bold)" and "echo $(tput sgr0)" will work for any terminal, not just ANSI/VTxxx-compatible ones. – njd May 26 '11 at 10:28
  • @njd, ah, good point. – aioobe May 26 '11 at 10:31

You can "cat" a file in bold by doing command substitution.

echo -e "text \033[1m`cat my_file`\033[0m text"

"Command substitution reassigns the output of a command or even multiple commands; it literally plugs the command output into another context."

So the magic part here is

`cat my_file`  # or $(cat my_file)


Backticks will be portable to legacy shells, while I prefer to use $().

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