Are There Any Standard Definitions for the Color Codes in PowerShell 7.3 Syntax Highlighting?

Charles Turner 20 Reputation points
2023-08-24T01:43:57.37+00:00

Does PowerShell have standard definitions for the different colors for syntax highlighting in the command line which makes it easier to read and understand complex commands?

ChatGPT stated that colors typically represent:

  1. Yellow: This color is often used for executable filenames or paths.
  2. Light Grey / White: This color is used for command arguments or options that are being specified.
  3. Dark Grey: Dark grey is typically used for additional arguments or parameters that provide values.
  4. Blue: This color is often used for quoted strings, which represent paths or values with spaces.

ChatGPT stated, “The use of different colors helps visually separate the different parts of the command, making it easier to understand and verify the structure of your input. This is particularly useful for complex commands where multiple options, parameters, and values are being used. … As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, there isn't a single definitive source for color meanings in PowerShell, but the color usage is often based on common coding and terminal practices. If you're looking for detailed color schemes or documentation, you might want to refer to PowerShell's official documentation or community forums for any updates beyond my knowledge cutoff date.”

I am using PowerShell version 7.3.6.

I am not seeing any obvious answers jumping out at me on either https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/scripting/learn/ps101/02-help-system?view=powershell-7.3; https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/scripting/whats-new/what-s-new-in-powershell-73?view=powershell-7.3, or https://learn.microsoft.com/pdf?url=https%3A%2F%2Flearn.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fpowershell%2Fscripting%2Ftoc.json%3Fview%3Dpowershell-7.3.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

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  1. Ian Xue (Shanghai Wicresoft Co., Ltd.) 29,311 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2023-08-24T07:11:37.4466667+00:00

    Hi,

    The Get-PSReadLineOption cmdlet can list the color settings for you.

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/psreadline/get-psreadlineoption?view=powershell-7.3

    Best Regards,

    Ian Xue


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  1. Charles Turner 20 Reputation points
    2023-08-24T10:39:48.9833333+00:00

    Thank you! I appreciate the help and the quick response (I'm sure the time difference helped in that regard).

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