Installing ANSICON for colored output in Ruby on Rails tests on Windows

January 3, 2012 · Posted in Development 

For color coded output on windows within the command prompt you will need to install ANSICON by following the steps below.

  • Download the latest archive from and unzip it
  • Use a cmd prompt and navigate to where you unzipped it.
  • go into the ‘x64′ or ‘x86′ directory depending on which machine you have – 64bit or 32bit
  • Run “ansicon.exe –i”
  • Open a new cmd prompt