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<img width="360" src="https://cdn.rawgit.com/chalk/chalk/19935d6484811c5e468817f846b7b3d417d7bf4a/logo.svg" alt="chalk">
<img width="320" src="https://cdn.rawgit.com/chalk/chalk/19935d6484811c5e468817f846b7b3d417d7bf4a/logo.svg" alt="chalk">
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![](https://github.com/chalk/ansi-styles/raw/master/screenshot.png)


## Why
## Highlights

- Highly performant
- Doesn't extend `String.prototype`
- Expressive API
- Highly performant
- Ability to nest styles
- Clean and focused
- [256/Truecolor color support](#256-and-truecolor-color-support)
- Auto-detects color support
- Doesn't extend `String.prototype`
- Clean and focused
- Actively maintained
- [Used by ~16,000 modules](https://www.npmjs.com/browse/depended/chalk) as of May 31st, 2017
- [Used by ~17,000 packages](https://www.npmjs.com/browse/depended/chalk) as of June 20th, 2017


## Install

```console
$ npm install --save chalk
$ npm install chalk
```


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const chalk = require('chalk');
const log = console.log;
// combine styled and normal strings
// Combine styled and normal strings
log(chalk.blue('Hello') + 'World' + chalk.red('!'));
// compose multiple styles using the chainable API
// Compose multiple styles using the chainable API
log(chalk.blue.bgRed.bold('Hello world!'));
// pass in multiple arguments
// Pass in multiple arguments
log(chalk.blue('Hello', 'World!', 'Foo', 'bar', 'biz', 'baz'));
// nest styles
// Nest styles
log(chalk.red('Hello', chalk.underline.bgBlue('world') + '!'));
// nest styles of the same type even (color, underline, background)
// Nest styles of the same type even (color, underline, background)
log(chalk.green(
'I am a green line ' +
chalk.blue.underline.bold('with a blue substring') +
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log(chalk.hex('#DEADED').bold('Bold gray!'));
```

Easily define your own themes.
Easily define your own themes:

```js
const chalk = require('chalk');
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console.log(warning('Warning!'));
```

Take advantage of console.log [string substitution](http://nodejs.org/docs/latest/api/console.html#console_console_log_data).
Take advantage of console.log [string substitution](https://nodejs.org/docs/latest/api/console.html#console_console_log_data_args):

```js
const name = 'Sindre';
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Example: `chalk.red.bold.underline('Hello', 'world');`

Chain [styles](#styles) and call the last one as a method with a string argument. Order doesn't matter, and later styles take precedent in case of a conflict. This simply means that `Chalk.red.yellow.green` is equivalent to `Chalk.green`.
Chain [styles](#styles) and call the last one as a method with a string argument. Order doesn't matter, and later styles take precedent in case of a conflict. This simply means that `chalk.red.yellow.green` is equivalent to `chalk.green`.

Multiple arguments will be separated by space.

### chalk.level

Color support is automatically detected, but you can override it by setting the `level` property. You should however only do this in your own code as it applies globally to all chalk consumers.
Color support is automatically detected, but you can override it by setting the `level` property. You should however only do this in your own code as it applies globally to all Chalk consumers.

If you need to change this in a reusable module create a new instance:

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0. All colors disabled
1. Basic color support (16 colors)
2. 256 color support
3. RGB/Truecolor support (16 million colors)
3. Truecolor support (16 million colors)

### chalk.supportsColor

Detect whether the terminal [supports color](https://github.com/chalk/supports-color). Used internally and handled for you, but exposed for convenience.

Can be overridden by the user with the flags `--color` and `--no-color`. For situations where using `--color` is not possible, add an environment variable `FORCE_COLOR` with any value to force color. Trumps `--no-color`.
Can be overridden by the user with the flags `--color` and `--no-color`. For situations where using `--color` is not possible, add the environment variable `FORCE_COLOR=1` to forcefully enable color or `FORCE_COLOR=0` to forcefully disable. The use of `FORCE_COLOR` overrides all other color support checks.

Explicit 256/Truecolor mode can be enabled using the `--color=256` and `--color=16m` flags, respectively.


## Styles
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- `reset`
- `bold`
- `dim`
- `italic` *(not widely supported)*
- `italic` *(Not widely supported)*
- `underline`
- `inverse`
- `hidden`
- `strikethrough` *(not widely supported)*
- `strikethrough` *(Not widely supported)*

### Colors

- `black`
- `red`
- `green`
- `yellow`
- `blue` *(on Windows the bright version is used since normal blue is illegible)*
- `blue` *(On Windows the bright version is used since normal blue is illegible)*
- `magenta`
- `cyan`
- `white`
- `gray`
- `blackBright`
- `redBright`
- `greenBright`
- `yellowBright`
- `blueBright`
- `magentaBright`
- `cyanBright`
- `whiteBright`

### Background colors

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- `bgMagenta`
- `bgCyan`
- `bgWhite`
- `bgBlackBright`
- `bgRedBright`
- `bgGreenBright`
- `bgYellowBright`
- `bgBlueBright`
- `bgMagentaBright`
- `bgCyanBright`
- `bgWhiteBright`


## 256/16 million (Truecolor) color support
## 256 and Truecolor color support

Chalk supports 256 colors and, when manually specified, [Truecolor (16 million colors)](https://gist.github.com/XVilka/8346728) on all supported terminal emulators.
Chalk supports 256 colors and [Truecolor](https://gist.github.com/XVilka/8346728) (16 million colors) on supported terminal apps.

Colors are downsampled from 16 million RGB values to an ANSI color format that is supported by the terminal emulator (or by specifying {level: n} as a chalk option). For example, Chalk configured to run at level 1 (basic color support) will downsample an RGB value of #FF0000 (red) to 31 (ANSI escape for red).
Colors are downsampled from 16 million RGB values to an ANSI color format that is supported by the terminal emulator (or by specifying `{level: n}` as a Chalk option). For example, Chalk configured to run at level 1 (basic color support) will downsample an RGB value of #FF0000 (red) to 31 (ANSI escape for red).

Some examples:
Examples:

- `chalk.hex('#DEADED').underline('Hello, world!')`
- `chalk.keyword('orange')('Some orange text')`
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- `chalk.bgKeyword('orange')('Some orange text')`
- `chalk.bgRgb(15, 100, 204).inverse('Hello!')`

As of this writing, these are the supported color models that are exposed in Chalk:

- `rgb` - e.g. `chalk.rgb(255, 136, 0).bold('Orange!')`
- `hex` - e.g. `chalk.hex('#ff8800').bold('Orange!')`
- `keyword` (CSS keywords) - e.g. `chalk.keyword('orange').bold('Orange!')`
- `hsl` - e.g. `chalk.hsl(32, 100, 50).bold('Orange!')`
- `hsv`
- `hwb`
- `cmyk`
- `xyz`
- `lab`
- `lch`
The following color models can be used:

- [`rgb`](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RGB_color_model) - Example: `chalk.rgb(255, 136, 0).bold('Orange!')`
- [`hex`](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_colors#Hex_triplet) - Example: `chalk.hex('#FF8800').bold('Orange!')`
- [`keyword`](https://www.w3.org/wiki/CSS/Properties/color/keywords) (CSS keywords) - Example: `chalk.keyword('orange').bold('Orange!')`
- [`hsl`](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSL_and_HSV) - Example: `chalk.hsl(32, 100, 50).bold('Orange!')`
- [`hsv`](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSL_and_HSV) - Example: `chalk.hsl(32, 1, 1).bold('Orange!')`
- [`hwb`](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HWB_color_model) - Example: `chalk.hsl(32, 0, 50).bold('Orange!')`
- `ansi16`
- `ansi256`
- `hcg`
- `apple` (see [qix-/color-convert#30](https://github.com/Qix-/color-convert/issues/30))

For a complete list of color models, see [`color-convert`'s list of conversions](https://github.com/Qix-/color-convert/blob/master/conversions.js).


## Windows

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