How to setup BASH custom prompt in Ubuntu I wanted two things: the time in my prompt a colour prompt Basics: it’s located in: ~/.bashrc uses Environment Variable: PS1 time is inserted using: \t time I started here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/howto-linux-unix-bash-shell-setup-prompt.html colour http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/bash-shell-change-the-color-of-my-shell-prompt-under-linux-or-unix/