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Grep with colours

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With Blush, you can highlight matches with any colours of your choice.


  1. Install
  2. Usage
  3. Arguments
  4. Colour Groups
  5. Colours
  6. Complex Grep
  7. Suggestions
  8. License


You can grab a binary from releases page. If you prefer to install it manually you can get the code and install it with the following command:

$ go install

Make sure you have go>=1.18 installed.


Blush can read from a file or a pipe:

$ cat FILENAME | blush -b "print in blue" -g "in green" -g "another green"
$ cat FILENAME | blush "some text"
$ blush -b "print in blue" -g "in green" -g "another green" FILENAME
$ blush "some text" FILENAME


Although this program has a good performance, but performance is not the main concern. There are other tools you should use if you are searching in large files. Two examples:

Normal Mode

This method shows matches with the given input:

$ blush -b "first search" -g "second one" -g "and another one" files/paths

Any occurrence of first search will be in blue, second one and and another one are in green.


Dropping Unmatched

By default, unmatched lines are not dropped. But you can use the -d flag to drop them:



Argument Shortcut Notes
N/A -i Case insensitive matching.
N/A -R Recursive matching.
--no-filename -h Suppress the prefixing of file names on output.
--drop -d Drop unmatched lines

File names or paths are matched from the end. Any argument that doesn't match any files or paths are considered as regular expression. If regular expressions are not followed by colouring arguments are coloured based on previously provided colour:

$ blush -b match1 match2 FILENAME



  • If no colour is provided, blush will choose blue.
  • If you only provide file/path, it will print them out without colouring.
  • If the matcher contains only alphabets and numbers, a non-regular expression is applied to search.

Colour Groups

You can provide a number for a colour argument to create a colour group:

$ blush -r1 match1 -r2 match2 -r1 match3 FILENAME


All matches will be shown as blue. But match1 and match3 will have a different background colour than match2. This means the numbers will create colour groups.

You also can provide a colour with a series of match requests:

$ blush -r match1 match3 -g match2 FILENAME


You can choose a pre-defined colour, or pass it your own colour with a hash:

Argument Shortcut
--red -r
--green -g
--blue -b
--white -w
--black -bl
--yellow -yl
--magenta -mg
--cyan -cy

You can also pass an RGB colour. It can be in short form (--#1b2, -#1b2), or long format (--#11bb22, -#11bb22).


Complex Grep

You must put your complex grep into quotations:

$ blush -b "^age: [0-9]+" FILENAME



This tool is made to make your experience in terminal a more pleasant. Please feel free to make any suggestions or request features by creating an issue.


Use of this source code is governed by the MIT License. License file can be found in the LICENSE file.


Grep with colours

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