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, 17 Nov 2006
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A tiny library that adds color to CRT programs.


This article illustrates a snippet that permits to add color to console messages.


Well, does it really need any comments?

Using the code

This sample shows how to use the library:

#include "ConsoleColor.h"

std::cout << green << "This text is written in green" 
          << white << std::endl;
          << "This text has a really exiting color !" 
          << white << std::endl;

Now here is the "library":

// ConsoleColor.h

#pragma once
#include <iostream>
#include <windows.h>

inline std::ostream& blue(std::ostream &s)
    HANDLE hStdout = GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE); 
    SetConsoleTextAttribute(hStdout, FOREGROUND_BLUE
    return s;

inline std::ostream& red(std::ostream &s)
    HANDLE hStdout = GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE); 
    return s;

inline std::ostream& green(std::ostream &s)
    HANDLE hStdout = GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE); 
    return s;

inline std::ostream& yellow(std::ostream &s)
    HANDLE hStdout = GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE); 
    return s;

inline std::ostream& white(std::ostream &s)
    HANDLE hStdout = GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE); 
    return s;

struct color {
    color(WORD attribute):m_color(attribute){};
    WORD m_color;

template <class _Elem, class _Traits>
      operator<<(std::basic_ostream<_Elem,_Traits>& i, color& c)
    HANDLE hStdout=GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE); 
    return i;

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Comments and Discussions

NewsI wrote a similar, but more... Pinmemberchkesp8-Nov-14 21:35 
GeneralMy vote of 4 PinmemberVijay_vijay14-Aug-14 21:40 
GeneralMy vote of 3 PinmemberThrowaway1113-Jun-14 3:43 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberThrowaway1113-Jun-14 3:42 
GeneralIt is not x-platform PinmemberMember 108614353-Jun-14 3:38 
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pinmemberjohn_th26-Mar-13 21:21 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberAhmed Charfeddine13-Aug-12 16:14 
GeneralYou shouldn't refere the r-value PinmemberEvil.Ghost13-Jan-09 18:22 
GeneralRe: You shouldn't refere the r-value Pinmemberdaihouxiang13-May-10 2:38 
GeneralNot perfect, compiles sometimes PinmemberDzuka Automat26-Nov-08 5:01 
GeneralRe: Not perfect, compiles sometimes PinmemberEvil.Ghost13-Jan-09 18:17 
SuggestionRe: Not perfect, compiles sometimes PinmemberArunMBharadwaj29-Nov-12 0:51 
GeneralPerfect Pinmemberb3b9t31-Oct-08 21:23 
QuestionWhat did the parameter has been transfer? PinmemberKarlzheng22-Mar-07 17:03 
Generalperfect Pinmembercooleaf19-Dec-06 16:29 
GeneralRe: perfect Pinmemberzhangpingfly21-Dec-07 21:46 

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