I want to run tmux in emacs. I checked that it works in term, but default colors are awfully hard to read: enter image description here

How can they be changed to a sensible setting from .emacs file?

  • I found that themes like solarized and zenburn does change term colurs, but my favorite wombat theme does nothing to them. So it is possible to (load-theme 'zenburn) (load-theme 'wombat) for changing to sensible term colors, but that also changes font in a way I don't like. Nov 22, 2016 at 11:53

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Since in zenburn theme terminal colors look good I added the following lines in my .emacs:


 '(term-color-black ((t (:foreground "#3F3F3F" :background "#2B2B2B"))))
 '(term-color-red ((t (:foreground "#AC7373" :background "#8C5353"))))
 '(term-color-green ((t (:foreground "#7F9F7F" :background "#9FC59F"))))
 '(term-color-yellow ((t (:foreground "#DFAF8F" :background "#9FC59F"))))
 '(term-color-blue ((t (:foreground "#7CB8BB" :background "#4C7073"))))
 '(term-color-magenta ((t (:foreground "#DC8CC3" :background "#CC9393"))))
 '(term-color-cyan ((t (:foreground "#93E0E3" :background "#8CD0D3"))))
 '(term-color-white ((t (:foreground "#DCDCCC" :background "#656555"))))

 '(term-default-fg-color ((t (:inherit term-color-white))))
 '(term-default-bg-color ((t (:inherit term-color-black))))

  • M-x customize-group RET term RET
    – phils
    Dec 22, 2016 at 20:02
  • How about the bold colors?
    – Gauthier
    Feb 5, 2018 at 9:02
  • @Gauthier I think you should check the ~/.Xresources file for that.
    – vdegenne
    Jan 22, 2020 at 4:25

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