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❮ ZI ❯ for Z-Shell

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🥷 A tool-chain that works for you and not against you

❮ ZI ❯ _ 🧙‍‍♀️ _ A Swiss Army Knife for Zsh.
Designed to glue everything together.

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⚡️ Fast and feature-rich

  • Meta plugins allow installing groups of plugins via a single, friendly label.
  • Packages offload the user from providing long and complex commands.
  • Annexes allow to extend the plugin manager with new commands.
  • Turbo mode yields 50-80% faster Zsh startup.

☑️ Neat and flexible

  • Customize paths, use multiple prompts or create your own plugins.

  • Supports Oh My Zsh and Prezto plugins and libraries. (migration).

  • Does not use $FPATH, loading multiple plugins doesn't clutter $FPATH with the same number of entries, e.g: 10, 15,
    or more.

  • Code is immune to KSH_ARRAYS and other options typically causing compatibility problems.

  • Do not require sudo, and provide many workarounds e.g: setting so-called shims locally.

📈 Familiarize and control

  • Visualise data: aliases, functions, bindkeys, Zle widgets, zstyles, completions,
    variables, $PATH, and $FPATH elements a plugin has set up.

  • Quickly familiarize oneself with a new plugin and provides rich and easy-to-digest information that might be helpful
    on various occasions.

  • Load or unload plugins, use the ability to manage completions.

  • Docker playground, test or propose configurations, preview at


Limited to your own imagination... 🧙‍‍♀️

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