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Powerline Theme

A colorful theme, where shows a lot information about your shell session.

IMPORTANT: This theme requires that a font with the Powerline symbols needs to be used in your terminal emulator, otherwise the prompt won't be displayed correctly, i.e. some of the additional icons and characters will be missing. Please follow your operating system's instructions to install one of the fonts from the above link and select it in your terminal emulator.

NOTICE: The default behavior of this theme assumes that you have sudo privileges on your workstation. If that is not the case (e.g. if you are running on a corporate network where sudo usage is tracked), you can set the flag 'export THEME_CHECK_SUDO=false' in your ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile to disable the Powerline theme's sudo check. This will apply to all powerline* themes.

Provided Information

  • Current path
  • Current username and hostname
  • Current time
  • An indicator when connected by SSH
  • An indicator when sudo has the credentials cached (see the sudo manpage for more info about this)
  • An indicator when the current shell is inside the Vim editor
  • Battery charging status (depends on the [../../plugins/available/battery.plugin.bash](battery plugin))
  • SCM Repository status (e.g. Git, SVN)
  • The current Kubernetes environment
  • The current Python environment (Virtualenv, venv, and Conda are supported) in use
  • The current Ruby environment (rvm and rbenv are supported) in use
  • Last command exit code (only shown when the exit code is greater than 0)


This theme is pretty configurable, all the configuration is done by setting environment variables.

User Information

By default, the username and hostname are shown, but you can change this behavior by setting the value of the following variable:


For now, the only supported value is sudo, which hides the username and hostname, and shows an indicator when sudo has the credentials cached. Other values have no effect at this time.

Clock Format

You can change the format using the following variable:


The time/date is printed by the date command, so refer to its man page to change the format.

Segment Order

The contents of the prompt can be "reordered", all the "segments" (every piece of information) can take any place. The currently available segments are:

  • aws_profile - Show the current value of the AWS_PROFILE environment variable
  • battery - Battery information (you'll need to enable the battery plugin)
  • clock - Current time in HH:MM:SS format
  • cwd - Current working directory including full folder hierarchy (c.f. wd)
  • hostname - Host name of machine
  • in_vim - Show identifier if running in :terminal from vim
  • k8s_context - Show current kubernetes context
  • last_status - Exit status of last run command
  • python_venv - Python virtual environment information (virtualenv, venv and conda supported)
  • ruby - Current ruby version if using rvm
  • scm - Version control information, git
  • user_info - Current user
  • wd - Working directory, like cwd but doesn't show the full folder hierarchy, only the directory you're currently in.

A variable can be defined to set the order of the prompt segments:

POWERLINE_PROMPT="user_info scm python_venv ruby cwd"

The example values above are the current default values, but if you want to remove anything from the prompt, simply remove the "string" that represents the segment from the variable.