I always love nice colour coded debug messages, but all of the adb wrappers that currently exist seem to be far more complex than they really need to be.
So I rigged up this little bash script to neatly colour logcat.
#!/bin/bash # Argument 1 is the optional log tag name. # Always should ERRORS from the android runtime because that is where the # exception message are generated from. [ $1 ] && args+="$1:* AndroidRuntime:E *:S" adb logcat $args | perl -pe ' s/^I.*$/\e[36m$&\e[0m/g; s/^E.*$/\e[31m$&\e[0m/g; s/^D.*$/\e[35m$&\e[0m/g; s/^W.*$/\e[33m$&\e[0m/g; s/^V.*$/\e[32m$&\e[0m/g; '
As a bonus, you may specify your application tag name as the first argument to only show the output for messages with that tag. Note that it will also only show error-level messages from AndroidRuntime. (This is so that stack traces will be visible and such).