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A very fast, clean, and flexible way to use ANSI colors on your terminal. Crayon supports 256 colors, a clean and chainable API, a few other nifty features, and built-in logging.

It works as a drop-in replacement for chalk, but is much faster (~20x) and has additional features. Like chalk, it doesn't monkeypatch the String prototype the way that the popular colors module does.


var crayon = require('crayon');
// Log a string'This is red');
// Style a string 
console.log('Hello world!'))
// Use any CSS color name"cute");
// Use hex colors 
crayon("#ffcc00").log("old gold");
// Use ANSI color codes 
crayon(100).log("look at me");
// Combine styled and normal strings 
console.log('Hello'), 'World' +'!')  );
// Compose multiple styles using the chainable API 
console.log('Hello world!')  );
// Or just compose styles by passing strings to the crayon function 
crayon('red bgblue').log('this is red on a blue background');
// Nest styles 
console.log('Hello', crayon.underline.bgBlue('world') + '!')  );
// Pass in multiple arguments'Hello', 'World!', 'Foo', 'bar', 'biz', 'baz');
// Specify multiple styles 
crayon("goldenrod", "bg:blue", "inverse").underline.log("Hi!");
// Specify foreground and background colors 
crayon.fgbg("white", "red").underline.error("whew");"background:goldenrod").inverse.log("goldenrod on red");
// Specify a custom logger 
crayon.logger = require('npmlog');

For color descriptions passed to functions, you can use any of the following:

  • The name of any CSS color (case-insensitive)
  • Any hex color (case-insensitive, leading '#' is optional)
  • Any ANSI color code 0-255 as a Number


  • Depending on your settings, there may be a difference between the system red color and the color most closely matching the CSS color red. In the case of color name collisions, will give you the system color and crayon.red_ will give you the CSS color.
  • For functions that aren't specific about whether they take a foreground or a background argument, you can pass bg:<color> or background: <color> or bg<Color> or similar, etc. to change the background color.
  • The reason that this module is much faster than chalk is that chalk remakes the style functions each time you call them whereas crayon keeps them around if you reuse them.