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Best Terminal Setup | ZSH

mdpanf profile image MDPanf ・3 min read

I recently tried new terminal configuration with ZSH shell, Oh-My-Zsh framework and Powerlevel10k theme on Terminator terminal emulator.
So, I want to share it with you.
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What we will setup?

  • Terminator terminal to support splitting the terminal screen vertically and horizontally into multiple windows. Extremely useful when working with distributed systems like blockchain.
  • ZSH a Unix shell that can be used as an interactive login shell and as a command interpreter for shell scripting with many plugins and themes.
  • Oh-My-Zsh open source, community-driven framework for managing Zsh configuration. It comes bundled with thousands of helpful functions, helpers, plugins & themes.
  • Powerlevel10k theme for ZSH. It looks better in a bundle with Oh-My-Zsh.

Installation

I do everything on Ubuntu 20.10, but there will be no difference on RHEL or Arch except for package manager.

Install the Terminator

Open terminal with (Ctrl + Alt + T) or find in Apps.

sudo apt install -y terminator
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Open it.
Terminator

Install ZSH

sudo apt install -y zsh
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To make it your default shell run:
chsh -s $(which zsh) in command line

zsh

Other ways of installation you can find in official GitHub repo

Oh-My-Zsh framework

Install OMZ with shell script, which will setup default themes and plugins.

curl -L https://raw.github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh | sh
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PowerLevel10k Theme

Install special font for better display of icons. I recommend MesloLGS NF Regular.ttf. After fonts proceed to theme.

Font install

git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/romkatv/powerlevel10k.git ~/powerlevel10k
sudo echo 'source ~/powerlevel10k/powerlevel10k.zsh-theme' >>! ~/.zshrc
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If you don't have curl & git => sudo apt install -y curl git

Configure colors, spaces & other features

Rerun ZSH

source ~/.zshrc
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and configure it as you wish.

p10k

To reconfigure theme, use p10k configure command.

Default plugins

You can enable IP, battery and other default plugins editing .p10k.zsh file.

nano $HOME/.p10k.zsh
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defplugins

External plugins

Syntax-highlighting

For more information visit official repo

Clone plugin to $ZSH_CUSTOM/plugins

git clone https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting.git ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting
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Then change ~/.zshrc file

nano $HOME/.zshrc
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and near to the End of the file find string plugins. Separated by a space add name of plugin name zsh-syntax-highlighting

syntax

Rerun shell with this command: zsh

Autosuggestions

For more information visit official repo

Clone plugin to $ZSH_CUSTOM/plugins

git clone https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-autosuggestions
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Then change ~/.zshrc file

nano $HOME/.zshrc
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and near to the End of the file find string plugins. Separated by a space add name of plugin name zsh-autosuggestions

autosug

Rerun shell with this command: zsh

That's all!

After all these actions, you will get something like this:

total

Give some feedback and share screenshots of your terminal themes!


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Roman Perepelitsa

I recommend MesloLGS NF Regular.ttf.

If you install only the regular font, bold and italic text in the terminal won't look very nice. It's a good idea to install all four ttf files as described in github.com/romkatv/powerlevel10k#m....

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