Skip to content


Subversion checkout URL

You can clone with HTTPS or Subversion.

Download ZIP
Configuration files used by thoughtbot developers
branch: master

This branch is 2 commits ahead, 218 commits behind thoughtbot:master

Merge pull request #19 from cloud8421/89158715d9902542795a2b833c1897d…


Fixes loading path for .vimrc.local
latest commit 9dc7f9c9f6
@croaky croaky authored
Failed to load latest commit information.
zsh/completion zsh config improve documentation to make suggestions about where to put your own…
aliases need to rake in the `migrate`, `remigrate`, and `remongrate` tasks.
gvimrc Vim configuration
tmux.conf use screen-256-color for tmux so that certain color schemes in vim lo…
vimrc Merge pull request #19 from cloud8421/89158715d9902542795a2b833c1897d…
zlogin zsh config
zshrc add in zshkit fun stuff

thoughtbot dotfiles


First, fork this repo on Github.

Then, clone your Github fork (replace "your-github-name" with your Github name) onto your laptop and install it:

git clone
cd dotfiles

This will create symlinks for all config files in your home directory. You can safely run this file multiple times to update.

There is configuration for zsh so switch your shell from the default bash to zsh on OS X:

chsh -s /bin/zsh

Why fork?

dotfiles are fairly personal. You should be able to modify your dotfiles, and save them in version control in your fork.

However, the thoughtbot folks are often tweaking these dotfiles and you want to be able to get those updates.

So, your master branch is meant for your customizations and use the upstream branch to get thoughtbot's updates.

Set up the upstream branch

You only have to do this once:

git remote add upstream
git fetch upstream
git checkout -b upstream upstream/master

Update thoughtbot's changes into your customizations

You will want to customize your environment. We suggest making changes in files that are not in thoughtbot's files.

For example, to customize your zsh config, make your changes in ~/.zshenv:

[[ -s '/Users/croaky/.rvm/scripts/rvm' ]] && source '/Users/croaky/.rvm/scripts/rvm'

# recommended by brew doctor
export PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:$PATH"

Commit those kinds of things in your master branch.

Then, each time you want to update thoughtbot's changes.

git checkout upstream
git pull
git checkout master
git rebase upstream
Something went wrong with that request. Please try again.