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ConsoleColor Enumeration

Specifies constants that define foreground and background colors for the console.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[SerializableAttribute]
public enum ConsoleColor

Member nameDescription
BlackThe color black.
DarkBlueThe color dark blue.
DarkGreenThe color dark green.
DarkCyanThe color dark cyan (dark blue-green).
DarkRedThe color dark red.
DarkMagentaThe color dark magenta (dark purplish-red).
DarkYellowThe color dark yellow (ochre).
GrayThe color gray.
DarkGrayThe color dark gray.
BlueThe color blue.
GreenThe color green.
CyanThe color cyan (blue-green).
RedThe color red.
MagentaThe color magenta (purplish-red).
YellowThe color yellow.
WhiteThe color white.

The following code example demonstrates the System.ConsoleColor enumeration in conjunction with the Console.ForegroundColor and Console.BackgroundColor properties, and the Console.ResetColor method. You must run the example on a console to see the described color effects.

Two constants, Black and White, are used directly; then all the constants (Blue, DarkRed, and so on) are used indirectly in a loop. First, the names of the constants are obtained by using the GetNames method, which is inherited from the Enum class. Then the Enum.Parse method uses each name to create the corresponding enumerated constant.


using System;

class Example
{
   public static void Main() 
   {
      // Get a string array with the names of ConsoleColor enumeration members.
      String[] colorNames = ConsoleColor.GetNames(typeof(ConsoleColor));

      // Display each foreground color except black on a constant black background.
      Console.WriteLine("All the foreground colors (except Black) on a constant black background:");

      foreach (string colorName in colorNames)
      {
         // Convert the string representing the enum name to the enum value.
         ConsoleColor color = (ConsoleColor) Enum.Parse(typeof(ConsoleColor), colorName);

         if (color == ConsoleColor.Black) continue;

         Console.Write("{0,11}: ", colorName);
         Console.BackgroundColor = ConsoleColor.Black;
         Console.ForegroundColor = color;
         Console.WriteLine("This is foreground color {0}.", colorName);
         // Restore the original foreground and background colors.
         Console.ResetColor();
      }
      Console.WriteLine();

      // Display each background color except white with a constant white foreground.
      Console.WriteLine("All the background colors (except White) with a constant white foreground:");

      foreach (string colorName in colorNames)
      {
         // Convert the string representing the enum name to the enum value.
         ConsoleColor color = (ConsoleColor) Enum.Parse(typeof(ConsoleColor), colorName);

         if (color == ConsoleColor.White) continue;

         Console.Write("{0,11}: ", colorName);
         Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.White;
         Console.BackgroundColor = (ConsoleColor) Enum.Parse(typeof(ConsoleColor), colorName);
         Console.WriteLine("This is background color {0}.", colorName);
         Console.ResetColor();
      }
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//    All the foreground colors (except Black) on a constant black background:
//       DarkBlue: This is foreground color DarkBlue.
//      DarkGreen: This is foreground color DarkGreen.
//       DarkCyan: This is foreground color DarkCyan.
//        DarkRed: This is foreground color DarkRed.
//    DarkMagenta: This is foreground color DarkMagenta.
//     DarkYellow: This is foreground color DarkYellow.
//           Gray: This is foreground color Gray.
//       DarkGray: This is foreground color DarkGray.
//           Blue: This is foreground color Blue.
//          Green: This is foreground color Green.
//           Cyan: This is foreground color Cyan.
//            Red: This is foreground color Red.
//        Magenta: This is foreground color Magenta.
//         Yellow: This is foreground color Yellow.
//          White: This is foreground color White.
//    
//    All the background colors (except White) with a constant white foreground:
//          Black: This is background color Black.
//       DarkBlue: This is background color DarkBlue.
//      DarkGreen: This is background color DarkGreen.
//       DarkCyan: This is background color DarkCyan.
//        DarkRed: This is background color DarkRed.
//    DarkMagenta: This is background color DarkMagenta.
//     DarkYellow: This is background color DarkYellow.
//           Gray: This is background color Gray.
//       DarkGray: This is background color DarkGray.
//           Blue: This is background color Blue.
//          Green: This is background color Green.
//           Cyan: This is background color Cyan.
//            Red: This is background color Red.
//        Magenta: This is background color Magenta.
//         Yellow: This is background color Yellow.


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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