How can I change the color of the lines (the frame) in a tabular environment? In the following MWE:

a&b&c \\ \hline
d&e&f \\ \hline

I would like the horizontal and vertical lines of the table to have, say a blue color.


3 Answers 3


You can use the colortbl package for this. It works as follows:

    test & test\\\arrayrulecolor{blue}\hline

Looks like this:

Array with coloured rules

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    Or the xcolor package with the table option (internally loading colortbl and giving access to the full xcolor capacity). Jan 10, 2012 at 16:08
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    the command \arrayrulecolor{red} is exactly what i need. Jan 10, 2012 at 19:09
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    Note that the arrayrulecolor command also applies to the \toprule, \midrule and \bottomrule commands defined in the booktabs package.
    – ph0t0nix
    May 18, 2016 at 9:03
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    How do you reset this to the default color afterward? I am guessing that the default is usually black, but I am not sure. Jul 21, 2019 at 20:52
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    Yes. An answer here suggests that the current color is defined as .. Thus, . is the default color at the beginning of the document. That means that you can define a new color to match . at the beginning of the document and then use that color to reset to the default. In the preamble: \AtBeginDocument{\colorlet{defaultcolor}{.}}. Where you want to reset the rule color: \arrayrulecolor{defaultcolor}. Oct 19, 2019 at 18:45

The tabu package could also be helpful here.


    a & b & c \\ \hline
    d & e & f \\ \hline
    g & h & i
  • i voted for wh1t3's solution, because, i need this in a very long document, with many tabular that are already written, and i don't want to change the environment. But the package tabu seems looks very interesting. Thank you Jan 10, 2012 at 19:11
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    @nicolasroy: You can still upvote Thorsten's answer as well of course. Jan 10, 2012 at 19:36
  • i've have been fighting in understanding how ot officially registerd in this forum... precisely with this purpose :) Jan 10, 2012 at 20:01

An alternative solution with tblr environment of tabularray package:




  cells = {c},
  hlines = {red3},
  vlines = {blue3},
  a & b & c \\
  d & e & f \\
  g & h & i \\


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