Installation & Activation

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Nord dircolors can be installed for all application that respect the LS_COLORS environment variable like GNU core utils ls, tree or modern projects like fd.

To automatically load Nord dircolors for every shell session, download the dir_colors file and place it as ~/.dir_colors in your home directory.

Latest Development State

To always use the latest development state of Nord dircolors, clone the repository and create a symbolic link of the src/dir_colors file to ~/.dir_colors in your home directory afterwards:

ln -sr "$PWD/src/dir_colors" "~/.dir_colors"


To activate and use Nord dircolors as your default color theme for all sessions, load the theme with dircolors by adding the following snippet to the configuration file of your shell (~/.bashrc, ~/.zshrc, …):

test -r "~/.dir_colors" && eval $(dircolors ~/.dir_colors)
Screenshot showing an example of a shell configuration file to load Nord through dircolors
Oneliner for a shell configuration to automatically load the theme.