Skip to content
A stylish Bash prompt similar to Phil!’s ZSH Prompt.
Branch: master
Clone or download
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Type Name Latest commit message Commit time
Failed to load latest commit information.
screenshots added another screenshot and updated features in README Jul 23, 2014
zer0prompt bug fix for none (no colour theme) Jul 23, 2014
AUTHORS initial commit Jul 22, 2014
LICENSE Initial commit Jul 20, 2014


zer0prompt is a Bash prompt I created after discovering Phil!’s ZSH Prompt. I liked how Phil!’s prompt looked and some of it’s various features but I’m a happy Bash shell user with no need to switch to Z shell. I searched the Internet for various Bash prompts similar to the Phil! ZSH prompt without luck. I tried Bashish but felt there was too much extra going on “under the hood” for what I needed.

It was time to roll up my sleeves and write my own, the way I wanted it and so zer0prompt was born!


  • 18 different colour themes
  • a TERMWIDE prompt, fills the width of the terminal no matter how wide.
  • 2 line prompt
  • the following info is always shown = user, host, current tty, working directory, time, user identifier
  • truncates the shown working directory when it’s wider then the terminal.
  • shows /home/[user] as a tilde ~
  • continuation prompt
  • when logged in as root user, display info in red as a visual reminder.
  • displays the exit code when a command fails
  • sets xterm/rxvt terminal titles (shows username, working directory. and terminal size)
  • user selectable colour themes, info colours, time format, and line graphics
  • auto detection of supported line graphics mode (standard or fallback)
  • user can manually set “no colour mode” and/or “graphics fallback mode"
  • very easy to install without making a mess of your .bashrc
  • tries not to pollute your bash environment!


  1. place the zer0prompt directory in your home directory ~
  2. add the following lines to your ~/.bashrc

source ~/zer0prompt/
unset zer0prompt

[optional] repeat the above steps for the root user if you want a red prompt notification when using su or root user.


Settings for zer0prompt can be found in the zer0prompt/zer0prompt.conf file.

Similar Projects and Credit:

Below are some of the projects where I obtained ideas and information for creating zer0prompt.

Phil!'s ZSH Prompt -
Bashish -
TERMWIDE prompt -
Bash Prompt Howto -


screenshot ![screenshot](/screenshots/colour themes.png?raw=true "colour themes") ![screenshot](/screenshots/colour themes - inverted.png?raw=true "colour themes - inverted") ![screenshot](/screenshots/xterm titlebar.png?raw=true "xterm titlebar") ![screenshot](/screenshots/prompt continuation.png?raw=true "prompt continuation") ![screenshot](/screenshots/directory truncation.png?raw=true "directory truncation") ![screenshot](/screenshots/root notification.png?raw=true "root notification") ![screenshot](/screenshots/error exit code.png?raw=true "error exit code") ![screenshot](/screenshots/graphics fallback mode.png?raw=true "graphics fallback mode")

You can’t perform that action at this time.