Oh My Bash is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your bash configuration.
Sounds boring. Let's try again.
Oh My Bash will not make you a 10x developer...but you might feel like one.
Once installed, your terminal shell will become the talk of the town or your money back! With each keystroke in your command prompt, you'll take advantage of the hundreds of powerful plugins and beautiful themes. Strangers will come up to you in cafés and ask you, "that is amazing! are you some sort of genius?"
Finally, you'll begin to get the sort of attention that you have always felt you deserved. ...or maybe you'll use the time that you're saving to start flossing more often.
Disclaimer: Oh My Bash works best on macOS and Linux.
- Unix-like operating system (macOS or Linux)
wgetshould be installed
gitshould be installed
Oh My Bash is installed by running one of the following commands in your terminal. You can install this via the command-line with either
sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ohmybash/oh-my-bash/master/tools/install.sh)"
sh -c "$(wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ohmybash/oh-my-bash/master/tools/install.sh -O -)"
Using Oh My Bash
Once you spot a plugin (or several) that you'd like to use with Oh My Bash, you'll need to enable them in the
.bashrc file. You'll find the bashrc file in your
$HOME directory. Open it with your favorite text editor and you'll see a spot to list all the plugins you want to load.
For example, this line might begin to look like this:
plugins=(git bundler osx rake ruby)
Most plugins (should! we're working on this) include a README, which documents how to use them.
We'll admit it. Early in the Oh My Bash world, we may have gotten a bit too theme happy. We have over one hundred themes now bundled. Most of them have screenshots on the wiki. Check them out!
Selecting a Theme
Powerline's theme is the default one. It's not the fanciest one. It's not the simplest one. It's just the right one (for me).
Once you find a theme that you want to use, you will need to edit the
~/.bashrc file. You'll see an environment variable (all caps) in there that looks like:
To use a different theme, simply change the value to match the name of your desired theme. For example:
OSH_THEME="agnoster" # (this is one of the fancy ones) # you might need to install a special Powerline font on your console's host for this to work # see https://github.com/ohmybash/oh-my-bash/wiki/Themes#agnoster
Open up a new terminal window and your prompt should look something like this:
In case you did not find a suitable theme for your needs, please have a look at the wiki for more of them.
If you're feeling feisty, you can let the computer select one randomly for you each time you open a new terminal window.
OSH_THEME="random" # (...please let it be pie... please be some pie..)
If you're the type that likes to get their hands dirty, these sections might resonate.
Some users may want to change the default path, or manually install Oh My Bash.
The default location is
~/.oh-my-bash (hidden in your home directory)
If you'd like to change the install directory with the
OSH environment variable, either by running
export OSH=/your/path before installing, or by setting it before the end of the install pipeline like this:
export OSH="$HOME/.dotfiles/oh-my-bash"; sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ohmybash/oh-my-bash/master/tools/install.sh)"
1. Clone the repository:
git clone git://github.com/ohmybash/oh-my-bash.git ~/.oh-my-bash
2. Optionally, backup your existing
cp ~/.bashrc ~/.bashrc.orig
3. Create a new sh configuration file
You can create a new sh config file by copying the template that we have included for you.
cp ~/.oh-my-bash/templates/bashrc.osh-template ~/.bashrc
4. Reload your .bashrc
5. Initialize your new bash configuration
Once you open up a new terminal window, it should load sh with Oh My Bash's configuration.
If you have any hiccups installing, here are a few common fixes.
- You might need to modify your
~/.bashrcif you're not able to find some commands after switching to
- If you installed manually or changed the install location, check the
OSHenvironment variable in
Custom Plugins and Themes
If you want to override any of the default behaviors, just add a new file (ending in
.sh) in the
If you have many functions that go well together, you can put them as a
XYZ.plugin.sh file in the
custom/plugins/ directory and then enable this plugin.
If you would like to override the functionality of a plugin distributed with Oh My Bash, create a plugin of the same name in the
custom/plugins/ directory and it will be loaded instead of the one in
By default, you will be prompted to check for upgrades every few weeks. If you would like
oh-my-bash to automatically upgrade itself without prompting you, set the following in your
To disable automatic upgrades, set the following in your
If you'd like to upgrade at any point in time (maybe someone just released a new plugin and you don't want to wait a week?) you just need to run:
Uninstalling Oh My Bash
Oh My Bash isn't for everyone. We'll miss you, but we want to make this an easy breakup.
If you want to uninstall
oh-my-bash, just run
uninstall_oh_my_bash from the command-line. It will remove itself and revert your previous
I'm far from being a Bash expert and suspect there are many ways to improve – if you have ideas on how to make the configuration easier to maintain (and faster), don't hesitate to fork and send pull requests!
We also need people to test out pull-requests. So take a look through the open issues and help where you can.
Do NOT send us themes
We have (more than) enough themes for the time being. Please add your theme to the external themes wiki page.
Oh My Bash has a vibrant community of happy users and delightful contributors. Without all the time and help from our contributors, it wouldn't be so awesome.
Thank you so much!
Oh My Bash is released under the WTFPL license.