Minimalistic zsh theme inspired by the old-fashioned hobbies
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Minimalistic zsh theme inspired by the old-fashioned hobbies. No verbose gimmicks, no emoji, no fidget spinners, and no other visual noise.

Works best with oh-my-zsh and zsh-syntax-highlighting installed.


Light mode (SOBOLE_THEME_MODE=light):


And dark mode (SOBOLE_THEME_MODE=dark):


There are more examples provided in the showcases directory.



If you're using antigen, you can test these themes in a running zsh with antigen theme sobolevn/sobole-zsh-theme.


If you're using zgen, add them to your init.zsh with zgen load sobolevn/sobole-zsh-theme.


Just copy the sobole.zsh-theme to your ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/themes/ folder.

This set of commands will probably do what you want:

git clone
ln -s $PWD/sobole-zsh-theme/sobole.zsh-theme ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/themes/sobole.zsh-theme

Then set ZSH_THEME="sobole" inside your .zshrc.

Here's the official docs on how to do that.


virtualenv, git, ls, grep, autocomplete colors, pretty error codes, different users, different color modes.


This theme supports several configuration options, which are provided as env variables:

$SOBOLE_THEME_MODE - sets the theme mode. There are two options available: light (set by default) and dark. Internally changes some colors when set to dark to give the best look on both color schemes.

$SOBOLE_DEFAULT_USER - this options sets how the user is displayed. User is not displayed until it equals $SOBOLE_DEFAULT_USER, but imagine you executed sudo su - admin, that's how it will look like:


$SOBOLE_DONOTTOUCH_HIGHLIGHTING - tweaks zsh-syntax-highlighting. If it is installed, modifies string colors, some other minor things. Enabled by default. Set it to true if you do not want these tweaks. That's how it looks like:



sobole supports some icons (not many of them!) to indicate what is going on. Almost all of them are about git repository status. And one icon idicates that last command did not succeed.

Symbol Meaning
Repository is dirty
Repository is clean
§ Repository has unmerged changes
Repository has added files
Last command resulted in error


You can choose any font that prints unicode symbols. In the examples Menlo Regular is used.

You can install it with: brew cask install font-menlo-for-powerline. Or download it here.

And then configure your terminal's font setting.

Using this theme

Are you using sobole? Add link to your dotfiles! Currently using:


This theme borrows some setup from avit and obraun themes.


WTFPL: do the fuck you want. If you had sold it, let me know just for fun.