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mafredri Show warning when Oh My Zsh themes are enabled (#426)
The logic here is that if we unset ZSH_THEME during Pure init, we guard
against this scenario:

prompt pure
source $ZSH/oh-my-zsh.zsh

Also, by unsetting ZSH_THEME we can detect the following scenario:

prompt pure
source $ZSH/oh-my-zsh.zsh

And in this case, we show a warning, because there's no telling what
that OMZ theme might have done (precmd hooks, etc).
Latest commit 872153f Aug 12, 2018


Pretty, minimal and fast ZSH prompt


Most prompts are cluttered, ugly and slow. I wanted something visually pleasing that stayed out of my way.


  • Comes with the perfect prompt character. Author went through the whole Unicode range to find it.
  • Shows git branch and whether it's dirty (with a *).
  • Indicates when you have unpushed/unpulled git commits with up/down arrows. (Check is done asynchronously!)
  • Prompt character turns red if the last command didn't exit with 0.
  • Command execution time will be displayed if it exceeds the set threshold.
  • Username and host only displayed when in an SSH session.
  • Shows the current path in the title and the current folder & command when a process is running.
  • Support VI-mode indication by reverse prompt symbol (Zsh 5.3+).
  • Makes an excellent starting point for your own custom prompt.


Can be installed with npm or manually. Requires Git 2.0.0+ and ZSH 5.2+. Older versions of ZSH are known to work, but they are not recommended.


$ npm install --global pure-prompt

That's it. Skip to Getting started.


  1. Either…
  1. Symlink pure.zsh to somewhere in $fpath with the name prompt_pure_setup.

  2. Symlink async.zsh in $fpath with the name async.


$ ln -s "$PWD/pure.zsh" /usr/local/share/zsh/site-functions/prompt_pure_setup
$ ln -s "$PWD/async.zsh" /usr/local/share/zsh/site-functions/async

Run echo $fpath to see possible locations.

For a user-specific installation (which would not require escalated privileges), simply add a directory to $fpath for that user:

# .zshenv or .zshrc
fpath=( "$HOME/.zfunctions" $fpath )

Then install the theme there:

$ ln -s "$PWD/pure.zsh" "$HOME/.zfunctions/prompt_pure_setup"
$ ln -s "$PWD/async.zsh" "$HOME/.zfunctions/async"

Getting started

Initialize the prompt system (if not so already) and choose pure:

# .zshrc
autoload -U promptinit; promptinit
prompt pure


Option Description Default value
PURE_CMD_MAX_EXEC_TIME The max execution time of a process before its run time is shown when it exits. 5 seconds
PURE_GIT_PULL=0 Prevents Pure from checking whether the current Git remote has been updated.
PURE_GIT_UNTRACKED_DIRTY=0 Do not include untracked files in dirtiness check. Mostly useful on large repos (like WebKit).
PURE_GIT_DELAY_DIRTY_CHECK Time in seconds to delay git dirty checking when git status takes > 5 seconds. 1800 seconds
PURE_PROMPT_SYMBOL Defines the prompt symbol.
PURE_PROMPT_VICMD_SYMBOL Defines the prompt symbol used when the vicmd keymap is active (VI-mode).
PURE_GIT_DOWN_ARROW Defines the git down arrow symbol.
PURE_GIT_UP_ARROW Defines the git up arrow symbol.


# .zshrc

autoload -U promptinit; promptinit

# optionally define some options

prompt pure


In the screenshot you see Pure running in Hyper with the hyper-snazzy theme and Menlo font.

The Tomorrow Night Eighties theme with the Droid Sans Mono font (15pt) is also a nice combination.
Just make sure you have anti-aliasing enabled in your terminal.

To have commands colorized as seen in the screenshot, install zsh-syntax-highlighting.



  1. Set ZSH_THEME="" in your .zshrc to disable oh-my-zsh themes.
  2. Follow the Pure Install instructions.

NOTE: oh-my-zsh overrides the prompt so Pure must be activated after source $ZSH/


Pure is bundled with Prezto. No need to install it.

Add prompt pure to your ~/.zpreztorc.


Pure is bundled with Zim. No need to install it.

Set zprompt_theme='pure' in ~/.zimrc.


Update your .zshrc file with the following two lines (order matters). Do not use the antigen theme function.

antigen bundle mafredri/zsh-async
antigen bundle sindresorhus/pure


Update your .zshrc file with the following two lines (order matters):

antibody bundle mafredri/zsh-async
antibody bundle sindresorhus/pure


Update your .zshrc file with the following two lines:

zplug mafredri/zsh-async, from:github
zplug sindresorhus/pure, use:pure.zsh, from:github, as:theme


Update your .zshrc file with the following two lines (order matters):

zplugin ice pick"async.zsh" src"pure.zsh"
zplugin light sindresorhus/pure


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