[SOLVED] Why terminal emulator looks so bad in Ubuntu Mate 15.10?

Hi there!

I’d like to know why the terminal emulator in Mate does not highlight anything, neither the path, commands, results, etc, I cannot upload images, but I will post the link here so you see what I mean:


Is this normal?? If so, what alternatives do we have? Can I use other terminal emulator?


Hi Alejandro,

yes it looks nearly normal to me, is it the standard Mate terminal?!.

Other terminals will look almost the same so you won't get any benefit by using a different one!. :smiley:

My terminal is located in: Applications > System Tools > MATE Terminal:

Hello wolfman,

That is correct, same one, I’m just wondering, coming from Mint, I miss its colored terminal emulator: http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9h9rsWxJl1rpp9doo1_1280.png

Was wondering if I could get something similar in Ubuntu Mate…


Just realized what the problem was, I backed up all my files before changing distro, I replaced my home folder with cp -a -R, modifying .bashrc in the process. I’ve restored the original .bashrc from Ubuntu and everything is Ok now. Thanks!

You can actually change the colours of the input if you wish. It's stored in the "PS1" variable.

From the link, this quoted command would colour the input of the terminal to a blue hostname and green directory path:

PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;34m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;32m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ '

It looks a bit confusing, I know:

The colour in the prompt is set using escape codes (if the terminal being used supports it)- so basically each bit of \033[Nm sets the format for the following text, depending on what N (N can be multiple things separated by ; BTW).

To make the changes persistent, add the line to .bash_aliases or .bashrc.


open the terminal > Edit > Profile preferences > Colour: