Oh My Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration. That sounds boring. Let's try this again.
Oh My Zsh is a way of life! Once installed, your terminal prompt will become the talk of the town or your money back! Each time you interact with your command prompt, you'll be able to take advantage of the hundreds of bundled plugins and pretty 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 always felt that you deserved. ...or maybe you'll just use the time that you saved to start flossing more often.
Disclaimer: Oh My Zsh works best on OS X and Linux.
- Unix-based operating system (OS X or Linux)
- Zsh should be installed (v4.3.9 or more recent). If not pre-installed (
zsh --versionto confirm), check the following instruction here: Installing ZSH
wgetshould be installed
gitshould be installed
Oh My Zsh is installed by running one of the following commands in your terminal. You can install this via the command-line with either
sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh)"
sh -c "$(wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh -O -)"
Using Oh My Zsh
If you spot a plugin (or several) that you would like to use with Oh My Zsh, you will need to edit the
~/.zshrc file. Once you open it with your favorite editor, you'll see a spot to list all the plugins that you'd like Oh My Zsh to load in initialization.
For example, this line might begin to look like...
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 Zsh 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
Robby's theme is the default one. It's not the fanciest one. It's not the simplest one. It's just right (for him).
Once you find a theme that you want to use, you will need to edit the
~/.zshrc 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:
ZSH_THEME="agnoster" # (this is one of the fancy ones)
Open up a new terminal window and your prompt should look something like...
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.
ZSH_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 Zsh.
The default location is
~/.oh-my-zsh (hidden in your home directory)
If you'd like to 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:
export ZSH="$HOME/.dotfiles/oh-my-zsh"; sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh)"
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
3. Create a new zsh configuration file
You can create a new zsh config file by copying the template that we included for you.
cp ~/.oh-my-zsh/templates/zshrc.zsh-template ~/.zshrc
4. Change your default shell
chsh -s /bin/zsh
5. Initialize your new zsh configuration
Once you open up a new terminal window, it should load zsh with Oh My Zsh's configuration.
If you have any hiccups installing, here are a few common fixes.
- You might need to modify your
~/.zshrcif you're not able to find some commands after switching to
- If you installed manually or changed the install location, check the
ZSHenvironment variable in
Custom Plugins and Themes
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
XYZ.plugin.zsh 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 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 every few weeks. If you would like
oh-my-zsh 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 Zsh
Oh My Zsh isn't for everyone. We'll miss you, but we want to make this an easy breakup.
If you want to uninstall
oh-my-zsh, just run
uninstall_oh_my_zsh from the command-line. It will remove itself and revert your previous
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!
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 Zsh 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!
We have an @ohmyzsh Twitter account. You should follow it.
Oh My Zsh is released under the MIT license.