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Making Terminal Awesome!!✨🀩

Tejas Nikhar
I am a student who want to learn and build things, amazing things..
・3 min read

I started using Linux almost a year ago as my main OS which provided a great experience. The terminal provided a lot more freedom from windows cmd or power-shell, which prompted me to do some digging about the terminal so that I can use it to its full extent.

Then I stumbled upon ZSH (Z-shell) which is based on BASH and has the same features as BASH plus some interesting plugins and theme options.

So here's my setup for ZSH.

Installing ZSH

Make sure that you have curl and git installed if not then just install them.

sudo apt-get install curl git
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Later install ZSH

sudo apt-get install zsh
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Adding OhMyZSH

You can search for it or enter the following command.

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL [https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh/master/tools/install.sh](https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh/master/tools/install.sh))"
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This will add OhMyZSH.

There will be a prompt asking to make it default terminal press enter there.

Making it the way you want...

So the default ZSH theme is good but I know most of them used agnoster as their theme.

Moreover, it requires some special fonts to work properly. So let's install them.

sudo apt-get install fonts-powerline
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Later add the theme to the zshrc file.

nano ~/.zshrc
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ZSH_THEME="agnoster"

Then save the file and close the editor and source the file

source ~/.zshrc
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And Voila! the theme and fonts should be applied to the terminal now.

NOTE: If the fonts are not yet seen then try logging out and back in or better restart your PC. I did face issues with it too.

You can even set it to random which will show you various themes every time you close and open a new terminal and the one you like you can just set it as your default.

Plugins

The plugins offered by OhMyZSH are great in helping as they provide wonderful aliases.

NOTE: If adding a lot of plugins they do slow the startup of the shell. But there's a fix for that too called instant prompt

You can find all the plugins at the link below:

https://github.com/ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh/wiki/Plugins

My two favorite are these:

  • zsh-autosuggestions
  • zsh-syntax-highlighting

You can install them with these or referring to the documentation.

sudo git clone [https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions](https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions) ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-autosuggestions
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sudo git clone [https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting.git](https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting.git) ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting
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and then adding it to the zshrc file

plugins=(
# Git
git
# ZSH
zsh-autosuggestions
zsh-syntax-highlighting
)
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and sourcing it.

As it has been a year I have tweaked it much more.

Now I use the powerlevel10k theme which is super cool. you can check it out too they have an initial setup that shows all the customization they have provided so go ahead and experiment and choose whichever you like. Moreover, WSL too supports it.

So this is my current terminal and I πŸ˜‰ want to see yours too.
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