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My "Terminal" Setup

gizmotronn profile image Liam Arbuckle ・5 min read

As someone that customizes my devices frequently, it's surprising that I've never really touched the terminal, or as it's known on Windows - the command prompt. It's probably because I've never used it very much - it's only when I started learning Django that I used the command prompt on my computers for programming.

In 2016, I discovered the joy of customization when I started installing launchers on my Samsung Core Prime smartphone. From Nova to Microsoft Launcher, I played around with icon packs, the app drawer and the notification center, and I'll be doing a post describing some unique setups for Android devices some time in the future. In 2017, I started using rainmeter, which I still use today.

When I started programming, the main applications I used were Visual Studio Code, Unity, Github/Gitkraken and a web browser. It may seem odd, but until recently my main projects were bootstrap/react-powered websites and a series of interactive games (again, I'll be writing about my journey through programming soon). I never touched the terminal.

I'm now part of a proper team - for a long time, AC0/RD Software was primarily me - and just me - 99% of the time. When I added more people to my network, I started getting involved in python competitions and I learnt a lot about Raspberry Pis, robotics and programming in general. Right now, we're working on API services and I thought getting started with Django would be a good idea. I actually started with Django in April, when I was building the foundations for Arcadia, but after finishing the demo project I hadn't touched it for a while. I'd used the command prompt for things like pip and setting up virtual environments. When I determined that I'd need to use the terminal, or a bash application, frequently, I quickly came to the decision that I needed to beautify my setup.

I have 4 weeks left of school (including exams), and after Year 12 finishes I'll be getting a new laptop. I don't want to have to go through the aches of re-learning Linux (I haven't used it since May, and the dualbooting process took several years off my life) or getting a Macbook while I'm preparing for my ATAR/WACE exams, so I decided to try and find terminal applications that work on all platforms - that way I'll be able to bring my setup along with me after school.

For now, I'm using HYPERJS. I discovered starship.rs and I fell in love with it, but it was a pain to install - well, I still haven't installed it (ha ha). Hyper was recommended to me by a friend and it looks just as good. If you haven't heard of Hyper, it's a terminal replacement that works on Mac OS, Windows & Linux. It supports a wide variety of open-source plugins and themes, which can be managed in the .hyper.js file. Here's mine for reference:

// Future versions of Hyper may add additional config options,
// which will not automatically be merged into this file.
// See https://hyper.is#cfg for all currently supported options.

module.exports = {
  config: {
    // choose either `'stable'` for receiving highly polished,
    // or `'canary'` for less polished but more frequent updates
    updateChannel: 'stable',

    // default font size in pixels for all tabs
    fontSize: 12,

    // font family with optional fallbacks
    fontFamily: 'Menlo, "DejaVu Sans Mono", Consolas, "Lucida Console", monospace',

    // default font weight: 'normal' or 'bold'
    fontWeight: 'normal',

    // font weight for bold characters: 'normal' or 'bold'
    fontWeightBold: 'bold',

    // line height as a relative unit
    lineHeight: 1,

    // letter spacing as a relative unit
    letterSpacing: 0,

    // terminal cursor background color and opacity (hex, rgb, hsl, hsv, hwb or cmyk)
    cursorColor: 'rgba(248,28,229,0.8)',

    // terminal text color under BLOCK cursor
    cursorAccentColor: '#000',

    // `'BEAM'` for |, `'UNDERLINE'` for _, `'BLOCK'` for █
    cursorShape: 'BLOCK',

    // set to `true` (without backticks and without quotes) for blinking cursor
    cursorBlink: false,

    // color of the text
    foregroundColor: '#fff',

    // terminal background color
    // opacity is only supported on macOS
    backgroundColor: '#000',

    // terminal selection color
    selectionColor: 'rgba(248,28,229,0.3)',

    // border color (window, tabs)
    borderColor: '#333',

    // custom CSS to embed in the main window
    css: '',

    // custom CSS to embed in the terminal window
    termCSS: '',

    // if you're using a Linux setup which show native menus, set to false
    // default: `true` on Linux, `true` on Windows, ignored on macOS
    showHamburgerMenu: '',

    // set to `false` (without backticks and without quotes) if you want to hide the minimize, maximize and close buttons
    // additionally, set to `'left'` if you want them on the left, like in Ubuntu
    // default: `true` (without backticks and without quotes) on Windows and Linux, ignored on macOS
    showWindowControls: '',

    // custom padding (CSS format, i.e.: `top right bottom left`)
    padding: '12px 14px',

    // the full list. if you're going to provide the full color palette,
    // including the 6 x 6 color cubes and the grayscale map, just provide
    // an array here instead of a color map object
    colors: {
      black: '#000000',
      red: '#C51E14',
      green: '#1DC121',
      yellow: '#C7C329',
      blue: '#0A2FC4',
      magenta: '#C839C5',
      cyan: '#20C5C6',
      white: '#C7C7C7',
      lightBlack: '#686868',
      lightRed: '#FD6F6B',
      lightGreen: '#67F86F',
      lightYellow: '#FFFA72',
      lightBlue: '#6A76FB',
      lightMagenta: '#FD7CFC',
      lightCyan: '#68FDFE',
      lightWhite: '#FFFFFF',

    // the shell to run when spawning a new session (i.e. /usr/local/bin/fish)
    // if left empty, your system's login shell will be used by default

    // Windows
    // - Make sure to use a full path if the binary name doesn't work
    // - Remove `--login` in shellArgs
    // Bash on Windows
    // - Example: `C:\\Windows\\System32\\bash.exe`
    // PowerShell on Windows
    // - Example: `C:\\WINDOWS\\System32\\WindowsPowerShell\\v1.0\\powershell.exe`
    shells: [
        name: "CMD",
        shell: 'cmd.exe',
        args: ['--login'],
        name: "Bash",
        group: [
            name: "WSL",
            shell: 'C:\\Windows\\System32\\bash.exe',
            args: ['--login'],
            name: "Git",
            shell: "C:\\Program Files\\Git\\bin\\bash.exe",
            args: ["--login"],
        name: "Powershell",
        shell: "powershell.exe",
        default: true,
        name: "Cygwin",
        shell: "C:\\cygwin64\\bin\\bash.exe",
        args: ["--login"],
        name: "Visual Studio",
        shell: "cmd.exe",
        args: [
          "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\\VC\\vcvarsall.bat",

    // for environment variables
    env:{ TERM: 'cygwin' },

    // set to `false` for no bell
    bell: 'SOUND',

    // if `true` (without backticks and without quotes), selected text will automatically be copied to the clipboard
    copyOnSelect: false,

    // if `true` (without backticks and without quotes), hyper will be set as the default protocol client for SSH
    defaultSSHApp: true,

    // if `true` (without backticks and without quotes), on right click selected text will be copied or pasted if no
    // selection is present (`true` by default on Windows and disables the context menu feature)
    quickEdit: false,

    // choose either `'vertical'`, if you want the column mode when Option key is hold during selection (Default)
    // or `'force'`, if you want to force selection regardless of whether the terminal is in mouse events mode
    // (inside tmux or vim with mouse mode enabled for example).
    macOptionSelectionMode: 'vertical',

    // URL to custom bell
    // bellSoundURL: 'http://example.com/bell.mp3',

    // Whether to use the WebGL renderer. Set it to false to use canvas-based
    // rendering (slower, but supports transparent backgrounds)
    webGLRenderer: true,

    // for advanced config flags please refer to https://hyper.is/#cfg

    hyperTabs: {
      trafficButtons: true,

  // a list of plugins to fetch and install from npm
  // format: [@org/]project[#version]
  // examples:
  //   `hyperpower`
  //   `@company/project`
  //   `project#1.0.1`
  plugins: [

  // in development, you can create a directory under
  // `~/.hyper_plugins/local/` and include it here
  // to load it and avoid it being `npm install`ed
  localPlugins: [],

  keymaps: {
    // Example
    // 'window:devtools': 'cmd+alt+o',
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And here's what it looks like:
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Just amazing.


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