TL;DR Alacritty + Tmux + Vim
I find the beauty of a development environment in its simplicity. How much an IDE or setup can do without external plugins is their true extent of utility.
I love minimalist setups, I don't like bloating the software with external plugins and themes just to make it look pretty. A config file saved somewhere in
/home directory is more elegant than GUI or Wizard. If you are like me, you will also love this minimalist terminal setup.
Alacritty is nothing but a terminal emulator. It does not have features that you'll generally find in an interactive terminal emulator. List all the things it does not have.
- Multiple tabs
- Preference Wizard
- Package Manager(of any kind)
- Built-in themes
- No GUI settings window of any kind.
List of things it is.
- < 2.0 MB size
Alacritty is faster than any interactive terminal apps. It does not require extra setup or dependency to run. It can also apply settings from existing configuration files i.e.
Color schemes: Open the
alacritty.ymlfile located at
~/.config/alacritty/alacritty.ymlmove to the
colors:variable. Change the respective color values to your liking. You can also visit this wiki to copy some cool color values.
# Colors (Ayu Dark) colors: # Default colors primary: background: '0x0A0E14' foreground: '0xB3B1AD' # Normal colors normal: black: '0x01060E' red: '0xEA6C73' green: '0x91B362' yellow: '0xF9AF4F' blue: '0x53BDFA' magenta: '0xFAE994' cyan: '0x90E1C6' white: '0xC7C7C7' # Bright colors bright: black: '0x686868' red: '0xF07178' green: '0xC2D94C' yellow: '0xFFB454' blue: '0x59C2FF' magenta: '0xFFEE99' cyan: '0x95E6CB' white: '0xFFFFFF'
Fonts: In the same config file, move to the
normal:variable and uncomment
family:append your favorite font name and style.
font: # Normal (roman) font face normal: # Font family # # Default: # - (macOS) Menlo # - (Linux) monospace # - (Windows) Consolas family: 'SF Mono' # The `style` can be specified to pick a specific face. style: Regular
Font Size: In the config file, move to
size:variable and change the value, make sure you add
.0decimal after the integer.
# Point size size: 11.0
Line Height: In the config file,
offset:variable have two sub variables
ycan be called as line height and
xas the letter spacing.
offset: x: 0 y: 0
Alacritty is available for almost all the major platforms Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac etc. It is also available as bash file. You can download binaries and package files here.
Something crucial that Alacritty does not have are tabs. We need tabs. We love leaving things on them tabs and
CMD + T onto next ones.
The solution to tabs in Alacritty is Tmux. Tmux is command line based window and session manager. With its key bindings Tmux becomes very powerful. You can simultaneously open up multiple sessions and leave jobs running until you visit them next time.
Tmux can be directly downloaded from github or you can install it via package manager.
At last, Vim. It needs no introduction. I do not use any vim plugins other than color scheme files.
I've spent a great amount of time researching configuration options, color schemes and other settings so you don't have to. I have saved all my settings on my github ap4gh/settings repository. Just copy-paste them at their respective places.
Some vim config may misbehave. But don't worry I am here to help you out. Just send a message on my twitter.
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