.minttyrc colour schemes & fonts (2015)

mintty is a fantastic terminal program; it’s now the default with Cygwin for some time. There are a range of others such as xterm and rxvt, but mintty does the trick for me. You can change all the settings by right-clicking on the window and going into ‘options’, but that modifies a file called .minttyrc in your home directory, so you have the alternative of using a text editor if you wish. Mine goes like so:

What this does, amongst other things, is set the terminal to use the colours from the ‘solarized’ colorscheme, by Ethan Schoonover. Colourschemes are a personal thing, but this is a good choice. Another way of creating a colour scheme, or selecting from several other good options is to go to http://terminal.sexy, selecting/creating a colour scheme, then exporting it, using the ‘minTTY’ option.


You may also notice above is a reference to the ‘anonymous pro’ font, which I am a big fan of. From the font’s readme file:


Anonymous Pro is the work of Mark Simonson, and you can find the font at his site here.