Unix - Python script - print file with color scheme

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This page contains code a Python script for colorizing the output of a file, such as a HTML file. It's not yet complete, but I thought I'd record where I'm up to.

To use the script, copy it to any folder, create a "test.html" file in the same folder then run this from a bash Terminal:

$ python print_file_with_color_scheme.py -f test.html

Since your program path fairly long, you'll definitely want to alias this to something shorter like "catc" (think: colored version of cat). To do that, add this to your ~./bashrc file:

alias catc='python ~/path_to_your_program/print_file_with_color_scheme.py -f'

... once you reload bash you can now just enter 'catc test.html' from anywhere.

Useful Application: outputting colored cheatsheets with the help of bash alias

Something useful you can do with this application is create a bunch of "cheatsheet" files, and add each of these to your ~./bashrc below catc like this:

alias cheatsheat_mecurial='catc cheatsheat_mecurial.html'

Now you can now just enter 'cheatsheat_mecurial' (using tab to autocomplete after first few chars) and it will print a nicely formatted cheatsheet for you to remember commonly used commands.



#!/usr/bin/env python
# print_file_with_color_scheme.py - command line program which inputs a file
# path '-f' and prints the file contents to screen after applying color
# substitution.
# Usage:
#   print_file_with_color_scheme.py -f <file.html>
# Usage examples:
#   $ python print_file_with_color_scheme.py -f example_page.html
# Currently this is hardwired to recognize a small set of HTML tags
# ('<h1>', '<b>', etc) and replace these with set ANSI colors.
# TODO(anoske): A more advanced version would let you add a
# '-c color_replace_scheme.txt' where you could specify a set of
# of strings and colors to replace them with in the form:
#   '//'      GREEN
#   'Warning' RED   UNDERLINE
# Or else something a little more like sed and use regex.

import optparse

# A dictionary of common names assigned to various ASNI SGR styles
# (format & color).
# See: http://www.andrewnoske.com/Bash_-_adding_color
style = {
  'NORMAL': '\033[0m',
  'BOLD': '\033[1m',
  'FAINT': '\033[2m',
  'ITALICS': '\033[3m',
  'UNDERLINE': '\033[4m',
  'RED': '\033[94m',
  'BLUE': '\033[94m',
  'GREEN': '\033[92m',
  'GREY': '\033[37;2m',
  'YELLOW': '\033[33m',
  'YELLOW_BRIGHT_BOLD': '\033[33;1m',
  'BLUE_UNDERLINED': '\033[94;4m',
STYLE_RESET = '\033[0m'

# A mapping of 'find' and 'replace' strings. No regex/wildcards are
# used. In this default configuration, common HTML tags
# (eg: '<b>') are replaced with ANSI style characters to
# add color (and remove the tag).
replace_arr = {
  '<h1>': style['YELLOW_BRIGHT_BOLD'], '</h1>': STYLE_RESET,
  '<h2>': style['YELLOW'], '</h2>': STYLE_RESET, 
  '<b>': style['BOLD'], '</b>': STYLE_RESET,
  '<i>': style['GREY'], '</i>': STYLE_RESET,  # 'ITALICS' doesn't show.
  '<u>': style['UNDERLINE'], '</u>': STYLE_RESET,
  '<a>': style['BLUE_UNDERLINED'], '</a>': STYLE_RESET,
  '<red>': style['RED'], '</red>': STYLE_RESET,
  '<green>': style['GREEN'], '</green>': STYLE_RESET,
  '<blue>': style['BLUE'], '</blue>': STYLE_RESET,
  '<grey>': style['GREY'], '</grey>': STYLE_RESET,

  '<title>': style['YELLOW_BRIGHT_BOLD_INVERTED'] + '   ',
  '</title>': '   ' + STYLE_RESET,
  '<hr>': '----------------------------------------',

usage_str = """
<title>HOW TO USE THIS PROGRAM</title>
Usage: <b>python print_file_with_color_scheme.py -f file_to_print.html</b>
See: <a>http://andrewnoske.com/wiki/Unix_-_Python_script_-_print_file_with_color_scheme</a>

def main():
  p = optparse.OptionParser()
  p.add_option('--file', '-f', default='')
  options, arguments = p.parse_args()

  contents = usage_str;
  if len(options.file) > 0:
    file = open(options.file, 'r')
    contents = file.read()

  for key in replace_arr:
    contents = contents.replace(key, replace_arr[key])
  print contents + '\n'

if __name__ == '__main__':

To test it out create this html page in the same dir:


<title>Big Title</title>
Some <b>bold text</b> and a <a>http://hyperlink</a>.

And then run:

$ python print_file_with_color_scheme.py -f example_page.html

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