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Liquid Prompt — a useful adaptive prompt for Bash & zsh

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Liquid Prompt gives you a nicely displayed prompt with useful information when you need it. It shows you what you need when you need it. You will notice what changes when it changes, saving time and frustration. You can even use it with your favorite shell – Bash or zsh.



See the Liquidprompt documentation for details on installing and configuring Liquidprompt.


Liquid Prompt is distributed under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3.

To comply with the AGPL clauses, anybody offering Liquid Prompt over the network is required to also offer access to the source code of it and allow further use and modifications. As Liquid Prompt is implemented purely in shell script, anybody using it over SSH or equivalent terminal connection automatically also has access to the source code, so it is easy to comply with the license.

Known Limitations and Bugs

  • Does not display the number of commits to be pushed in Mercurial repositories.
  • Browsing very large Subversion repositories may dramatically slow down the display of Liquid Prompt (use LP_DISABLED_VCS_PATHS to avoid that).
  • Subversion repositories cannot display commits to be pushed because that's not how Subversion works
  • The window's title escape sequence may not work properly on some terminals (like xterm-256).
  • The analog clock requires a Unicode-aware terminal and at least a sufficiently complete font on your system. The Symbola font, designed by Georges Douros, is known to work well. On Debian or Ubuntu install try the fonts-symbola or ttf-ancient-fonts package.
  • The "sudo" feature is disabled by default as there is no way to detect if the user has sudo rights without triggering a security alert that will annoy the sysadmin.


Current Maintainer: Rycieos

And many contributors!