Pygments comes with some builtin styles that work for both the HTML and LaTeX formatter.

The builtin styles can be looked up with the get_style_by_name function:

>>> from pygments.styles import get_style_by_name
>>> get_style_by_name('colorful')
<class 'pygments.styles.colorful.ColorfulStyle'>

You can pass a instance of a Style class to a formatter as the style option in form of a string:

>>> from pygments.styles import get_style_by_name
>>> from pygments.formatters import HtmlFormatter
>>> HtmlFormatter(style='colorful').style
<class 'pygments.styles.colorful.ColorfulStyle'>

Or you can also import your own style (which must be a subclass of and pass it to the formatter:

>>> from yourapp.yourmodule import YourStyle
>>> from pygments.formatters import HtmlFormatter
>>> HtmlFormatter(style=YourStyle).style
<class 'yourapp.yourmodule.YourStyle'>

Creating Own Styles

See Write your own style.

Builtin Styles

Pygments ships some builtin styles which are maintained by the Pygments team.

To get a list of known styles you can use this snippet:

>>> from pygments.styles import STYLE_MAP
>>> STYLE_MAP.keys()
['default', 'emacs', 'friendly', 'colorful']

Getting a list of available styles

Added in version 0.6.

Because it could be that a plugin registered a style, there is a way to iterate over all styles:

>>> from pygments.styles import get_all_styles
>>> styles = list(get_all_styles())

Terminal Styles

Added in version 2.2.

Custom styles used with the 256-color terminal formatter can also map colors to use the 8 default ANSI colors. To do so, use ansigreen, ansibrightred or any other colors defined in Foreground ANSI colors will be mapped to the corresponding escape codes 30 to 37 thus respecting any custom color mapping and themes provided by many terminal emulators. Light variants are treated as foreground color with and an added bold flag. bg:ansi<color> will also be respected, except the light variant will be the same shade as their dark variant.

See the following example where the color of the string "hello world" is governed by the escape sequence \x1b[34;01m (Ansi bright blue, Bold, 41 being red background) instead of an extended foreground & background color.

>>> from pygments import highlight
>>> from import Style
>>> from pygments.token import Token
>>> from pygments.lexers import Python3Lexer
>>> from pygments.formatters import Terminal256Formatter

>>> class MyStyle(Style):
        styles = {
            Token.String:     'ansibrightblue bg:ansibrightred',

>>> code = 'print("Hello World")'
>>> result = highlight(code, Python3Lexer(), Terminal256Formatter(style=MyStyle))
>>> print(result.encode())
b'\x1b[34;41;01m"\x1b[39;49;00m\x1b[34;41;01mHello World\x1b[39;49;00m\x1b[34;41;01m"\x1b[39;49;00m'

Colors specified using ansi* are converted to a default set of RGB colors when used with formatters other than the terminal-256 formatter.

By definition of ANSI, the following colors are considered “light” colors, and will be rendered by most terminals as bold:

  • “brightblack” (darkgrey), “brightred”, “brightgreen”, “brightyellow”, “brightblue”, “brightmagenta”, “brightcyan”, “white”

The following are considered “dark” colors and will be rendered as non-bold:

  • “black”, “red”, “green”, “yellow”, “blue”, “magenta”, “cyan”, “gray”

Exact behavior might depends on the terminal emulator you are using, and its settings.

Changed in version 2.4.

The definition of the ANSI color names has changed. New names are easier to understand and align to the colors used in other projects.

New names

Pygments up to 2.3

































Old ANSI color names are deprecated but will still work.