Color schemes in Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal lets you define your own color schemes, either by using the built-in preset schemes, or by creating your own scheme from scratch. To change schemes, you'll need to edit the settings.json file in an editor such as Visual Studio Code.

Switching to a different color scheme

Launch Windows Terminal and then select the small downward-facing arrow in the title bar. This will open a pull-down menu that lists the available profiles on your system (for example, Windows PowerShell and Command Prompt) and some other options. Select Settings, and the settings.json file will open in your default text editor.

This file is where you can define various options per window or per profile. To demonstrate, let's change the color scheme for the Command Prompt profile.

Look down the JSON file until you find the section that includes:

"commandline": "cmd.exe",
"hidden": false

Change it to read:

"commandline": "cmd.exe",
"hidden": false,
"colorScheme": "Tango Light"

Notice the extra comma in the hidden line. Once you save this file, Windows Terminal will update any open window. Open a Command Prompt tab if you haven't already, and you'll immediately see that the colors have changed.

Creating your own color scheme

The "Tango Light" scheme is included as a default option, but you can create your own scheme from scratch or by copying an existing scheme.

Color schemes can be defined in the schemes array of your settings.json file. They are written in the following format:

    "name" : "Campbell",

    "cursorColor": "#FFFFFF",
    "selectionBackground": "#FFFFFF",

    "background" : "#0C0C0C",
    "foreground" : "#CCCCCC",

    "black" : "#0C0C0C",
    "blue" : "#0037DA",
    "cyan" : "#3A96DD",
    "green" : "#13A10E",
    "purple" : "#881798",
    "red" : "#C50F1F",
    "white" : "#CCCCCC",
    "yellow" : "#C19C00",
    "brightBlack" : "#767676",
    "brightBlue" : "#3B78FF",
    "brightCyan" : "#61D6D6",
    "brightGreen" : "#16C60C",
    "brightPurple" : "#B4009E",
    "brightRed" : "#E74856",
    "brightWhite" : "#F2F2F2",
    "brightYellow" : "#F9F1A5"

Every setting, aside from name, accepts a color as a string in hex format: "#rgb" or "#rrggbb". The cursorColor and selectionBackground settings are optional.

Included color schemes

Windows Terminal includes these color schemes inside the defaults.json file, which can be accessed by holding alt and selecting the settings button. Color schemes can not be changed in the defaults.json file. For a color scheme to apply across all profiles, change it in the defaults section of your settings.json file.


You can print the current color scheme to the Terminal using colortool, with the commandline colortool -c


Windows Terminal Campbell color scheme

Campbell Powershell

Windows Terminal Campbell Powershell color scheme


Windows Terminal Vintage color scheme

One Half Dark

Windows Terminal One Half Dark color scheme

One Half Light

Windows Terminal One Half Light color scheme

Tango Dark

Windows Terminal Tango Dark color scheme

Tango Light

Windows Terminal Tango Light color scheme

More schemes

For more schemes, see the Custom Terminal Gallery section.