I would like to change the color of part of the command line, the stuff that's echo'd from vim scripts. I know it can be different since when your search hits the bottom it prints a message in red text.

I tried to echo vt100 color codes but they were escaped instead. For example, :echo "\033[0;32m some text" just prints those characters literally (except the escape, which is shown as ^[)

Ideally I'd like to find a solution that works in both vim-gtk as well as the terminal UI.

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    Try :help echohl – D. Ben Knoble Jun 30 at 0:59
  • I am pretty sure, you can do this starting from 8.2.258 and using the echoraw() function, like this: call echoraw("\033[38;5;124m")|echo "red text" – Christian Brabandt Jun 30 at 6:28

Try combination of :h echohl and :h echon:

:echohl Statement | echon "Hello " | echohl Identifier | echon "World" | echohl None | echon "!!!"

echohl will apply highlight group to the next echo, echon or echomsg, but if you want to apply highlighting to a part of your message you should use echon.

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To have all your message in one color, use echo or echomsg:

:echohl Todo | echo "Hello World!!!" | echohl None

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To define your own colors use :h :hi

:hi MyColor guifg=#00ff00 ctermfg=green
:echohl MyColor | echo "Hello World!!!" | echohl None

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You can not change font of the messages, but I might be wrong.

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  • Well you may be able to italicize or bold it – D. Ben Knoble Jun 30 at 11:52
  • @D.BenKnoble but can we change it from Consolas to Liberation Mono? – Maxim Kim Jun 30 at 12:00
  • Doubtful—I think that’s handled by the emulator – D. Ben Knoble Jun 30 at 12:01
  • This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks! I was trying to Google for an answer for this initially, but searching "vim change command line color" turned up a lot of results about setting syntax highlighting and color schemes instead – Thomas N Jun 30 at 17:54

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