PublicShow -- Print decorated text to ANSI consoles

This library allows for exploiting the color and attribute facilities of most modern terminals using ANSI escape sequences. This library provides the following:

The behavior of this library is controlled by two Prolog flags:

[99, 111, 108, 111, 114, 95, 116, 101, 114, 109]
When true, activate the color output for this library. Otherwise simply call format/3.
[104, 121, 112, 101, 114, 108, 105, 110, 107, 95, 116, 101, 114, 109]
Emit terminal hyperlinks for url(Location) and url(URL, Label) elements of Prolog messages.
See also
Source ansi_format(+ClassOrAttributes, +Format, +Args) is det
Format text with ANSI attributes. This predicate behaves as format/2 using Format and Args, but if the current_output is a terminal, it adds ANSI escape sequences according to Attributes. For example, to print a text in bold cyan, do
?- ansi_format([bold,fg(cyan)], 'Hello ~w', [world]).

Attributes is either a single attribute, a list thereof or a term that is mapped to concrete attributes based on the current theme (see prolog:console_color/2). The attribute names are derived from the ANSI specification. See the source for sgr_code/2 for details. Some commonly used attributes are:

For fg(Color) and bg(Color), the colour name can be '#RGB' or '#RRGGBB'
8-bit color specification. Spec is a colour name, h(Color) or an integer 0..255.
fg(R, G, B),bg(R, G, B)
24-bit (direct color) specification. The components are integers in the range 0..255.

Defined color constants are below. default can be used to access the default color of the terminal.

  • black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, white

ANSI sequences are sent if and only if

  • The current_output has the property tty(true) (see stream_property/2).
  • The Prolog flag color_term is true.
 prolog:console_color(+Term, -AnsiAttributes) is semidet[multifile]
Hook that allows for mapping abstract terms to concrete ANSI attributes. This hook is used by theme files to adjust the rendering based on user preferences and context. Defaults are defined in the file boot/
See also
- library(theme/dark) for an example implementation and the Term values used by the system messages.
Source prolog:message_line_element(+Stream, +Term) is semidet[multifile]
Hook implementation that deals with ansi(+Attr, +Fmt, +Args) in message specifications.
Source ansi_hyperlink(+Stream, +Location) is det
Source ansi_hyperlink(+Stream, +URL, +Label) is det
Create a hyperlink for a terminal emulator. The file is fairly easy, but getting the line and column across is not as there seems to be no established standard. The current implementation emits, i.e., inserting a capital L before the line.
See also
Source hyperlink(+Stream, +Spec) is semidet[multifile]
Multifile hook that may be used to redefine ansi_hyperlink/2,3. If this predicate succeeds the system assumes the link has been written to Stream.
Spec- is either url(Location) or url(URL, Label). See ansi_hyperlink/2,3 for details.
Source ansi_get_color(+Which, -RGB) is semidet
Obtain the RGB color for an ANSI color parameter. Which is either a color alias or an integer ANSI color id. Defined aliases are foreground and background. This predicate sends a request to the console (user_output) and reads the reply. This assumes an xterm compatible terminal.
RGB- is a term rgb(Red,Green,Blue). The color components are integers in the range 0..65535.

Undocumented predicates

The following predicates are exported, but not or incorrectly documented.

Source ansi_hyperlink(Arg1, Arg2, Arg3)