oh-my-zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your Zsh configuration.
It comes bundled with a ton of helpful functions, helpers, plugins, themes, and a few things that make you shout…
“OH MY ZSHELL!”
oh-my-zsh should work with any recent release of Zsh. The minimum recommended version is 4.3.9.
If not already installed, you can install Zsh using the command-line.
The automatic installer… do you trust me?
You can install this via the command-line with either
curl -L http://install.ohmyz.sh | sh
wget --no-check-certificate http://install.ohmyz.sh -O - | sh
Optionally, change the install directory:
The default location is
~/.oh-my-zsh (hidden in your home directory).
You can change the install directory with the
ZSH environment variable, either by running
export ZSH=/your/path before installing, or by setting it before the end of the install pipeline like this:
curl -L https://raw.github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh | ZSH=~/.dotfiles/zsh sh
The manual way
1. Clone the repository:
git clone git://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh.git ~/.oh-my-zsh
2. Optionally, backup your existing
cp ~/.zshrc ~/.zshrc.orig
cp ~/.oh-my-zsh/templates/zshrc.zsh-template ~/.zshrc
4. Set Zsh as your default shell:
chsh -s /bin/zsh
5. Start or restart Zsh by opening a new command-line window.
You might need to modify your
~/.zshrc if you’re not able to find some commands after switching to
If you installed manually or changed the install location, check the
ZSH environment variable in
- enable the plugins you want in your
~/.zshrc(take a look at the
plugins/directory and the wiki to see what’s available)
plugins=(git osx ruby)
- theme support: change the
ZSH_THEMEenvironment variable in
- take a look at the
themes/directory and the wiki to see what comes bundled with
- take a look at the
- & much, much more… take a look at the
lib/directory to see what
oh-my-zshhas to offer…
The refcard is pretty useful for tips.
If you want to override any of the default behaviors, just add a new file (ending in
.zsh) in the
If you have many functions that go well together, you can put them as a
*.plugin.zsh file in the
custom/plugins/ directory and then enable this plugin (see ‘Usage’ above).
If you would like to override the functionality of a plugin distributed with
oh-my-zsh, 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. If you would like
oh-my-zsh to automatically upgrade itself without prompting you, set the following in your
To disable upgrades entirely, set the following in your
To upgrade directly from the command-line, just run
If you want to uninstall
oh-my-zsh, just run
uninstall_oh_my_zsh from the command-line and it’ll remove itself and revert you to
bash (or your previous Zsh configuration).
I’m far from being a Zsh 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!
(Don’t) send us your theme (for now)!
I’m hoping to collect a bunch of themes – you can see existing ones in the
We have enough themes for the time being. Please fork the project and add on in there – you can let people know how to grab it from there.
This project wouldn’t exist without all of our awesome users and contributors: view our growing list of contributors
Thank you so much!