This idea came quite at random: Today I was switching back and forth between various tasks in iTerm2 and the terminal window in VS Code, and after a while I noticed that the colors were off … normally nothing you would care about, but after a while it started to bug me.

So I did what any good procrastinating engineer would do, I quickly put together a little Python script to extract the ANSI colors of iTerm2’s “Default” profile and print them out as JSON settings for VS Code. Enjoy. 😉

#!/usr/bin/env python3

import json
import plistlib
from os.path import expanduser

color_name_map = {
"Ansi 0 Color": "ansiBlack",
"Ansi 1 Color": "ansiRed",
"Ansi 2 Color": "ansiGreen",
"Ansi 3 Color": "ansiYellow",
"Ansi 4 Color": "ansiBlue",
"Ansi 5 Color": "ansiMagenta",
"Ansi 6 Color": "ansiCyan",
"Ansi 7 Color": "ansiWhite",
"Ansi 8 Color": "ansiBrightBlack",
"Ansi 9 Color": "ansiBrightRed",
"Ansi 10 Color": "ansiBrightGreen",
"Ansi 11 Color": "ansiBrightYellow",
"Ansi 12 Color": "ansiBrightBlue",
"Ansi 13 Color": "ansiBrightMagenta",
"Ansi 14 Color": "ansiBrightCyan",
"Ansi 15 Color": "ansiBrightWhite",
"Background Color": "background",
"Foreground Color": "foreground",
"Selection Color": "selectionBackground",

def iterm_color_components2hex(iterm_color):
return "#{:02x}{:02x}{:02x}".format(
int(iterm_color["Red Component"] * 255),
int(iterm_color["Green Component"] * 255),
int(iterm_color["Blue Component"] * 255),

iterm_plist = f'{expanduser("~")}/Library/Preferences/com.googlecode.iterm2.plist'
with open(iterm_plist, "rb") as fp:
plist = plistlib.load(fp)

# Get the 'Default' profile from the plist config
# No idea why the key is called 'New Bookmarks'. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
bookmarks = plist["New Bookmarks"]
default_bookmark = [d for d in bookmarks if d["Name"] == "Default"][0]

vscode_colors = {}
for iterm_color_name, vscode_color_name in color_name_map.items():
key = f"terminal.{vscode_color_name}"
value = iterm_color_components2hex(default_bookmark[iterm_color_name])
vscode_colors.update({key: value})

print("Add this to your Visual Studio Code 'settings.json':")
print(json.dumps({"workbench.colorCustomizations": vscode_colors}, indent=2))