FAQ: Learn Python – Strings & Console Output – Strings


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Is it possible to change the color of the text when it’s displayed?
Instead of a black background and white content, could you change the colors?

Not directly. Python itself isn’t responsible for displaying any text output, that’s normally a terminal or similar software (python just sends some bytes and it’s up to the display to decide what to do with them).

So if whatever you’re using to display the text supports colours then there routes to modify the output somewhat. The easiest route is probably to look into a package to do this for you (as it’s probably easier, more portable and robust that way). The one I’ve heard of it colorama but I’m sure there are others.

It is a third-party package that doesn’t come with Python itself so you’ll need to install it. Python’s package management is still a bit tricky. If you’ve never done something like this before have a web search for at at least one guide for getting it installed if you want to try.

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