How To Look Like A Hacker Command Prompt

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As a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast and aspiring hacker, I’ve always been fascinated by the mystique surrounding the hacker culture. One of the iconic symbols of a hacker is the command prompt interface, often portrayed in movies as a flurry of green text on a black background, with cryptic commands being typed at lightning speed.

In this article, I’ll guide you through the steps to achieve that hacker-like command prompt appearance. But first, let’s make one thing clear: looking like a hacker doesn’t make you one. Hacking is a complex field that requires deep technical knowledge, ethical considerations, and legal boundaries. With that said, let’s dive into the world of command prompt customization!

The Command Prompt Environment

To start, you’ll need a Windows operating system as the command prompt we’ll be working with is specific to Windows. Open the command prompt by pressing Win + R and typing cmd, then hit enter. Now, let’s get down to business!

Choosing a Font

The font you choose for your command prompt can play a significant role in achieving that hacker-like appearance. One popular font among hackers and tech enthusiasts is “Consolas.” To change the font, right-click on the command prompt window title bar, select “Properties,” and navigate to the “Font” tab. Select “Consolas” or any other monospaced font that suits your preference.

Customizing Colors

Now it’s time to ditch the default color scheme and bring in some stylish hacker vibes. To change the colors, go back to the “Properties” window we accessed earlier. Navigate to the “Colors” tab, and here you can customize different aspects of the color scheme.

To achieve the classic green text on a black background look, set the “Screen Text” color to a vibrant green (#00FF00) and the “Screen Background” color to black (#000000). This combination will instantly transform your command prompt into a hacker’s favorite playground. Feel free to experiment with different color schemes that resonate with your personal style.

Add Personal Touches

If you want to take your hacker command prompt to the next level, you can add some personal touches and customizations.

Custom Prompt

The command prompt typically displays a default prompt with the current directory path. But why settle for default when you can make it your own? To customize the prompt, use the following command:


This prompt will display the current time ($T), followed by the current directory path ($P), and a greater-than sign to indicate that the prompt is waiting for your command ($G). You can get creative and experiment with different prompt configurations to suit your liking.

Command Aliases

Another way to add a personal touch to your command prompt is by setting up command aliases. Aliases allow you to create shortcuts for frequently used commands, making your life as a hacker-in-training much easier.

To set up an alias, use the following command:

DOSKEY aliasname=command

For example, if you frequently use the ipconfig command, you can set up an alias like this:

DOSKEY ip=ipconfig

Now, whenever you type ip and hit enter, the command prompt will execute ipconfig for you. Think of aliases as shortcuts that make your command prompt experience more efficient.


By following these steps, you can achieve a command prompt interface that resembles the hacker culture portrayed in media. However, it’s important to remember that appearances can be deceiving. Looking like a hacker doesn’t make you one, and ethical considerations should always guide your actions in the tech world.

So go ahead and customize your command prompt to reflect your own personal style and geeky interests. But always remember to use your skills responsibly and for positive purposes. Happy hacking!