I have configured Org mode with a face attribute for priorities with these lines in my init.el:

(set-face-attribute 'org-priority nil
                    :foreground "aquamarine1"
                    :background "black"
                    :inherit font-lock-keyword-face
                    :inverse-video t
                    :box '(:line-width 2
                           :color "orange"
                           :style released-button))

But I'm wondering if there is a way to set different colors for priorities #A, #B & #C.

2 Answers 2


You can customize org-priority-faces to give specific attributes for each priority.

From C-h v org-priority-faces,

Faces for specific Priorities.
This is a list of cons cells, with priority character in the car and faces in the cdr. The face can be a symbol, a color as as a string, or a property list of attributes, like
(:foreground "blue" :weight bold :underline t).
If it is a color string, the variable org-faces-easy-properties determines if it is a foreground or a background color.


For example, this is my current setup:

'((65 :foreground "red" :background "yellow")
  (66 :foreground "black" :background "yellow")
  (67 . "blue"))

The numbers 65, etc. correspond to the priority letters (ASCII 65 for A, etc.).

This is most easily configured using the customize-variable interface.

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    Any chance you could provide some example code, please?
    – Dan
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 22:55

Here a example of customization

(setq org-priority-faces '((?A . (:foreground "red" :weight 'bold))
                           (?B . (:foreground "yellow"))
                           (?C . (:foreground "green"))))
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    bold should not be quoted.
    – SabreWolfy
    Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 10:56
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    I was wondering what is the variable name to change the text itself of the priority entry, not the A, B or C. Any ideas? Thanks! Commented Jan 23, 2019 at 8:23

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