Zenburn - A pleasant color scheme for PuTTY

PuTTY's ("Putty" henceforth) default color scheme doesn't work for everyone. Especially, the (pure) blue color used for listing folders; that looks terrible on the black background.

On searching for better color schemes for Putty, I stumbled upon this blog post which shows two color schemes for Putty. Out of these, I settled for the Zenburn color scheme.

Steps to modify Putty's color scheme and saving it to new or already loaded sessions can be found here.

Putty RGB colors/options for the Zenburn color scheme are as follows -
  • Default Foreground - 255/255/255
  • Default Background - 51/51/51
  • ANSI Black - 77/77/77
  • ANSI Green - 152/251/152
  • ANSI Yellow - 240/230/140
  • ANSI Blue - 205/133/63
  • ANSI Blue Bold -135/206/235
  • ANSI Magenta - 255/222/173 or 205/92/92
  • ANSI Cyan - 255/160/160
  • ANSI Cyan Bold - 255/215/0
  • ANSI White - 245/222/179
In addition to the above colors, I applied two more changes to the font (Putty -> Window -> Appearance -> Font Settings) - 
  • Font - Consolas, 10-point
  • Font quality - Default (you can play around with this option to see what suits your screen/display best).

Zenburn theme in a PuTTY console.

Edit: If you're on Windows, check out this Github repo which contains ready made registry files for installing the Zenburn scheme in Putty.

More on the Zenburn color scheme -


  1. Awesome! I've been looking for a good PuTTY theme.

  2. Great. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

  3. This color scheme is beautiful, I love it. It's the best I've come across. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Have been trying to modify my colors in Putty. I can make the changes in the box, but they don't seem to be saved anywhere. What must I do to save them?


    1. You have to go back to the sessions section and save it as a session. Probably want to save it into your default session.

  5. Love it! The red text is hard to read, It's better if you set ANSI Red to 255/45/45.

  6. damn, i was banging head for hours and landed here after googling "how the hell we change the putty color scheme". Thank you.

  7. Exactly what I'd been looking for: something to mimic Sublime Text 2. Thanks so much!

  8. Add a reg file to set the colors you mentioned above. Replace PLACE_HOLDER with your session name to use it. https://gist.github.com/axqd/7082cd3ac17e29e6f377

  9. Thanks, like this colour scheme very much!

  10. Hi guys... I've been trying to set the Putty colors for a long time, but nothing has worked.

    I have enabled all the options suggested as ANSI color, and bolded text as a different color, but still see the same color font... please help!!!

  11. You have to create a session (or load one if you have created one already), then make your changes and then click save in the session window. Also make sure that Window -> Colours -> Use system colours, is not ticked (and if it is you need to save again before connecting).

  12. You're awesome man. Appreciate this

  13. Really Superb :D

    Excellent settings ... But just have a doubt ..
    If any directory have a full access the folder is listed with green and red .. how do I change that to a black

  14. Awesome, the theme is very addictive!!
    I want to have the same for Terminal for Ubuntu. How do i do that?