The fastest Node.js library for formatting terminal text with ANSI colors~!
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The fastest Node.js library for formatting terminal text with ANSI colors~!


As of v3.0 the Chalk-style syntax (magical getter) is no longer used.
If you need or require that syntax, consider using ansi-colors, which maintains chalk parity.


$ npm install --save kleur


const { red, white, blue, bold } = require('kleur');

// basic usage
red('red text');

// chained methods
blue().bold().underline('howdy partner');

// nested methods
bold(`${ white().bgRed('[ERROR]') } ${ red().italic('Something happened')}`);

Chained Methods

console.log(bold().red('this is a bold red message'));
console.log(bold().italic('this is a bold italicized message'));
console.log(bold().yellow().bgRed().italic('this is a bold yellow italicized message'));
console.log(green().bold().underline('this is a bold green underlined message'));

Nested Methods

const { yellow, red, cyan } = require('kleur');

console.log(yellow(`foo ${red().bold('red')} bar ${cyan('cyan')} baz`));
console.log(yellow('foo ' + red().bold('red') + ' bar ' + cyan('cyan') + ' baz'));

Conditional Support

Toggle color support as needed; kleur includes simple auto-detection which may not cover all cases.

const kleur = require('kleur');

// manually disable
kleur.enabled = false;

// or use another library to detect support
kleur.enabled = require('color-support').level;

console.log('I will only be colored red if the terminal supports colors'));


Any kleur method returns a String when invoked with input; otherwise chaining is expected.

It's up to the developer to pass the output to destinations like console.log, process.stdout.write, etc.

The methods below are grouped by type for legibility purposes only. They each can be chained or nested with one another.


black — red — green — yellow — blue — magenta — cyan — white — gray


bgBlack — bgRed — bgGreen — bgYellow — bgBlue — bgMagenta — bgCyan — bgWhite


reset — bold — dim — italic* — underline — inverse — hidden — strikethrough*

* Not widely supported


Using Node v10.13.0

Load time

chalk: 9.397ms
kleur: 0.525ms
ansi-colors: 1.200ms


# All Colors
  ansi-colors x 210,244 ops/sec ±0.36% (94 runs sampled)
  chalk x 11,999 ops/sec ±2.08% (84 runs sampled)
  kleur x 442,028 ops/sec ±0.26% (95 runs sampled)

# Stacked colors
  ansi-colors x 25,117 ops/sec ±0.33% (92 runs sampled)
  chalk x 2,602 ops/sec ±1.87% (84 runs sampled)
  kleur x 40,395 ops/sec ±0.41% (95 runs sampled)

# Nested colors
  ansi-colors x 77,423 ops/sec ±0.26% (95 runs sampled)
  chalk x 5,705 ops/sec ±1.48% (87 runs sampled)
  kleur x 114,039 ops/sec ±0.44% (95 runs sampled)


This project originally forked Brian Woodward's awesome ansi-colors library.

Beginning with kleur@3.0, the Chalk-style syntax (magical getter) has been replaced with function calls per key:

// Old:'old');

// New:'new');

As I work more with Rust, the newer syntax feels so much better & more natural!

If you prefer the old syntax, you may migrate to ansi-colors... or suffer the deprecation notice on older kleur versions 😅


MIT © Luke Edwards