pastel VS vivid

Compare pastel vs vivid and see what are their differences.


A command-line tool to generate, analyze, convert and manipulate colors (by sharkdp)


A themeable LS_COLORS generator with a rich filetype datebase (by sharkdp)
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pastel vivid
4 7
4,723 1,461
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0.0 0.0
26 days ago 25 days ago
Rust Rust
Apache License 2.0 Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of pastel. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-24.


Posts with mentions or reviews of vivid. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-09-07.
  • Exa Is Deprecated
    9 projects | | 7 Sep 2023
    I just use good old `ls` with colors set by vivid [1]


  • How to get ls output to look like DT's?
    2 projects | /r/DistroTube | 14 Dec 2021
    I came across and thought it was quite nice, but it doesn't change ls colors for anything but the file names. I really like how everything in DT's videos has color output so I was wondering how he did it. Did he use some script or utility or did he configure it from scratch? If it's the latter, is there a resource I can use to learn how to do it? Thanks.
  • fd is looking for contributors
    8 projects | /r/rust | 8 Aug 2021
    fd is my very first Rust project. In fact, if you go back in (Git) history, the project was originally written in C++. I have created various other Rust command-line tools since then, but I love coming back to fd, as I personally use it the most.
  • LS_COLORS with zsh's autocomplete
    2 projects | /r/zsh | 23 Mar 2021
    Hello. I made my custom LS_COLORS using very nice tool vivid and it works perfectly well. Now I wonder is it possible to use the same file highlighting when zsh autocompletes files names. For example when I type cp it gives me a "menu" of all files and directories in current folder, but they are all white and I would like it to be in the same style as output of the ls command.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing pastel and vivid you can also consider the following projects:

zcolors - 🌈 Use your $LS_COLORS to generate a coherent theme for Git & your Zsh prompt, command line and completions.

hexyl - A command-line hex viewer

rustocolin - RustoColin, Rust implementation of Colin.

bfs - A breadth-first version of the UNIX find command

stew - 🥘 An independent package manager for compiled binaries.

fd - A simple, fast and user-friendly alternative to 'find'

hyperfine - A command-line benchmarking tool

anewer - anewer appends lines from stdin to a file if they don't already exist in the file. This is a rust version of

flatpak-external-data-checker - A tool for checking if the external data used in Flatpak manifests is still up to date

asdf - Extendable version manager with support for Ruby, Node.js, Elixir, Erlang & more

bat - A cat(1) clone with wings.