Sometimes, I want colorized syntax and nice navigation for paging. We can use vim to provide this service. This assumes your terminal client supports the terminal type "xterm-color". If you need another color terminal type, customize accordingly. Install all of the standard vim packages Add alias cmore="TERM=xterm-color vim -R -" to your ~/.profile Add the following  to your ~/.vimrc syntax on hi Comment ctermfg=Blue guifg=Blue hi String ctermfg=LightRed guifg=LightRed Reload your profile: source ~/.profile Usage: cat some.script.sh | cmore It's vim in read-only mode, so use :q to quit.  I found the default colors to be too dark.