How to Add Colors to Continuous Integration Output

Today I have a tip for your CI. I learned this tip from Jan Mikes.

A small tip that made my everyday work with CI more colorful.



<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<phpunit colors="true">
    <!-- ... -->
</phpunit>



...but still missing the colored output?


Sad Black/White Continuous Integration World

For many years I've run Travis, Gitlab, and now Github Actions. I never knew the output could be readable for humans, so I always looked at the final checkmark for all the scripts.

It was or .


When the CI runs the scripts:

scripts:
    - composer install
    - composer fix-cs


This was usually the output:


One day, Something Changed

The colors came to my life. I could read again, and the output was the same as in local environment!

What happened? Did they fix something on Github Actions? Or composer (and all the other tools were) was fixed?


No, just one new word appeared:

 scripts:
-    - composer install
+    - composer install --ansi
 {
     "scripts": {
-        "fix-cs": "vendor/bin/ecs check --fix"
+        "fix-cs": "vendor/bin/ecs check --fix --ansi"
     }
 }

Since then, I enjoy failed CI jobs more and find faster what went wrong.


Happy coding!