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Krzysztof Szala
Krzysztof Szala

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How to fix zsh icons in Visual Studio Code terminal?

Zsh is a popular UNIX shell used by many Linux and macOS users around the globe. It's even more powerful when you use it with a configuration framework like Oh my zsh and a fantastic template like Powerline10k. So, we set up our new shiny shell, everything works great in our terminal. Time to write some code. We run Visual Studio Code, open a built-in terminal and... something is not right. What happened to our beautiful template? Where are our sexy icons?

The solutions for that is simple, try to follow the steps below:

  1. Download the latest version of Hack Nerd Font, for example from here. Choose the file with ttf suffix.
  2. Extract it from the archive.
  3. Move all ttf files to /usr/share/fonts directory (or ~/.local/share/fonts/ if you don't want to use them globally).
  4. Open Visual Studio Code settings and find Terminal font section.
  5. Change Terminal › Integrated: Font Family attribute from Monospace to Hack Nerd Font. image image
  6. You can also change it directly in settings.json file (look for it in .config/Code/User directory). The property you are looking for is terminal.integrated.fontFamily. image
  7. Restart Visual Studio Code.
  8. Enjoy your new terminal font, which should now look correctly!


Ps. It will work the same way for macOS users, but the font installation process is a little different.

Discussion (4)

tqbit profile image

You put me on the right path, unfortunatly the fonts did not work for me (Ubuntu 20.04). I've used the font MesloLGS NF from this repos now:

avantar profile image
Krzysztof Szala Author

I’m glad I could help in some way! Cheers!

marving_velsquezrivas_7 profile image
Marving Velásquez Rivas

I've tried this on manjaro 21.2.6, but it look worse now, icons are missing and the lines are too wide, what should I do? Try other font?

gschurck profile image

Same for me, use the MesloLGS NF font from
It works for me.