Joel Pickett e73e5065b0 doc: fix blink config example
Signed-off-by: Joel Pickett <>
Acked-by: Robin Jarry <>
2022-07-30 17:58:27 +02:00

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# Name
aerc-stylesets - styleset file specification for *aerc*(1)
aerc uses a simple configuration syntax to configure the styleset for
its ui.
# Styleset Configuration
Aerc uses a simple configuration file to describe a styleset. The
styleset is described as key, value pairs. In each line, the key
represents the style object it signifies and the color/atrribute of
that is modified.
For example, in the line below, the foreground color of the
style object "msglist_unread" is set to "cornflowerblue"
The configuration also allows wildcard matching of the style_objects
to configure multiple style objects at a time.
## Style
The following options are available to be modified for each of the
style objects.
The foreground color of the style object is set.
Syntax: `<style_object>.fg=<color>`
The background color of the style object is set.
Syntax: `<style_object>.bg=<color>`
The bold attribute of the style object is set/unset.
Syntax: `<style_object>.bold=<true|false|toggle>`
The blink attribute of the style object is set/unset.
_The terminal needs to support blinking text_
Syntax: `<style_object>.blink=<true|false|toggle>`
The underline attribute of the style object is set/unset.
_The terminal needs to support underline text_
Syntax: `<style_object>.underline=<true|false|toggle>`
Reverses the color of the style object. Exchanges the foreground
and background colors.
Syntax: `<style_object>.reverse=<true|false|toggle>`
_If the value is false, it doesn't change anything_
All the attributes of the style object are unset.
Syntax: `<style_object>.normal=<true>`
_The value doesn't matter_
Set the style object to the default style of the context. Usually
based on the terminal.
Syntax: `<style_object>.default=<true>`
_The value doesn't matter_
## Style Objects
The style objects represent the various ui elements or ui instances for
[[ *Style Object*
:[ *Description*
| default
: The default style object used for normal ui elements while not
using specialized configuration.
| error
: The style used to show errors.
| warning
: The style used when showing warnings.
| success
: The style used for success messages.
| title
: The style object used to style titles in ui elements.
| header
: The style object used to style headers in ui elements.
| statusline_default
: The default style applied to the statusline.
| statusline_error
: The style used for error messages in statusline.
| statusline_success
: The style used for success messages in statusline.
| msglist_default
: The default style for messages in a message list.
| msglist_unread
: Unread messages in a message list.
| msglist_read
: Read messages in a message list.
| msglist_flagged
: The messages with the flagged flag.
| msglist_deleted
: The messages marked as deleted.
| msglist_marked
: The messages with the marked flag.
| dirlist_default
: The default style for directories in the directory list.
| dirlist_unread
: The style used for directories with unread messages
| dirlist_recent
: The style used for directories with recent messages
| completion_default
: The default style for the completion engine.
| completion_gutter
: The completion gutter.
| completion_pill
: The completion pill.
| tab
: The style for the tab bar.
| stack
: The style for ui stack element.
| spinner
: The style for the loading spinner.
| border
: The style used to draw borders. *Only the background color is used unless you customize border-char-vertical and/or border-char-horizontal in aerc.conf*.
| selector_default
: The default style for the selector ui element.
| selector_focused
: The focused item in a selector ui element.
| selector_chooser
: The item chooser in a selector ui element.
## fnmatch style wildcard matching
The styleset configuration can be made simpler by using the fnmatch
style wildcard matching for the style object.
The special characters used in the fnmatch wildcards are:
[[ *Pattern*
:[ *Meaning*
| \*
: Matches everything
| \?
: Matches any single character
For example, the following wildcards can be made using this syntax.
[[ *Example*
:[ Description
| \*.fg=blue
: Set the foreground color of all style objects to blue.
| \*
: Set the background color of all style objects that end in list
to hotpink.
## Selected modifier
Selected modifier can be applied to any style object. The style provided for
the selected modifier are applied on top of the style object it corresponds to.
If you would like to make sure message that are flagged as read in the msglist
appear in yellow foreground and black background. You can specify that with
If we specify the global style selected modifier using fnmatch as below:
This toggles the reverse switch for selected version of all the style objects.
## Layered styles
Some styles, (currently the `msglist\*` and `dirlist\*` ones) are applied in layers. If
a style differs from the base (in this case `\{msglist|dirlist\}_default`) then that style
applies, unless overridden by a higher layer. The order that `msglist` styles
are applied in is, from first to last:
So, the marked style will override all other msglist styles. The order for `dirlist` styles is:
## Colors
The color values are set using the values accepted by the tcell library.
The values can be one of the following.
The color is set as per the system or terminal default.
*<Color name>*
Any w3c approved color name is used to set colors for the style.
*<Hex code>*
Hexcode for a color can be used. The format must be "\#XXXXXX"
*<Dec number>*
Color based on the palette index. Valid numbers are between 0
and 255.
*aerc*(1) *aerc-config*(5)
Originally created by Drew DeVault <> and maintained by Robin
Jarry <> who is assisted by other open source contributors. For
more information about aerc development, see