Microsoft is updating the Windows Console colors

Microsoft is updating the Windows Console colors

For the first time in 20 years, the American multinational company Microsoft today declared that they are updating Windows Console colors. The default color values have been changed to improve legibility of darker colors on modern screens and to give the Console a more modern look and feel.

It will arrive on mainstream Windows 10 with Fall Creators Update. To see the new colors, you’ll need to clean install the build 16257 on their machine. If someone upgraded from a previous build, Windows will keep the legacy color scheme, because upgrades try to preserve system settings, with the console colors being among those preserved settings. Microsoft is planning to release a tool soon to update existing installs to use the new colors.

Screens & display technology, contrast ratio, and resolution have changed during the past 20 years. The default color scheme is rather hard to read. The bright blue color, in particular, is very hard to read or near-illegible on high contrast screens. The updated blue color is easier to read and more consistent with the colors used in other terminal apps.

New Default Scheme Details

Here is the legacy color scheme, and the new default scheme:

Microsoft is updating the Windows Console colors
Microsoft is updating the Windows Console colors

Additionally, the below table describes the color scheme change in terms of RGB values.

Color Name Console Legacy RGB Values New Default RGB Values
BLACK 0,0,0 12,12,12
DARK_BLUE 0,0,128 0,55,218
DARK_GREEN 0,128,0 19,161,14
DARK_CYAN 0,128,128 58,150,221
DARK_RED 128,0,0 197,15,31
DARK_MAGENTA 128,0,128 136,23,152
DARK_YELLOW 128,128,0 193,156,0
DARK_WHITE 192,192,192 204,204,204
BRIGHT_BLACK 128,128,128 118,118,118
BRIGHT_BLUE 0,0,255 59,120,255
BRIGHT_GREEN 0,255,0 22,198,12
BRIGHT_CYAN 0,255,255 97,214,214
BRIGHT_RED 255,0,0 231,72,86
BRIGHT_MAGENTA 255,0,255 180,0,158
BRIGHT_YELLOW 255,255,0 249,241,165
WHITE 255,255,255 242,242,242


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