Customizing Your Terminal
Developers spend a good chunk of their time in the Terminal. While the built-in system Terminal is great, you can greatly increase your productivity by installing a custom Terminal, as well as customizing its look and feel. This codelab will walk you through how to do just that.
What you need
- macOS: The instructions in this codelab are geared for macOS users, but should (hopefully) be easy enough to follow for other operating systems.
What you'll learn
- Install a new terminal application, specifically Hyper
- Apply a custom theme to Hyper
- Set up Oh My Zsh, a powerful configuration tool for Zsh
- Customize your shell
Your new Terminal will look something like this:
Hyper is an Electron-based terminal built on web technologies that is fully extensible.
You can install it by downloading the client for your operating system directly from the home page:
Applying a custom theme to Hyper
My favorite theme is Dracula, which is straightforward to install:
hyper install hyper-dracula
To activate the theme:
- Start Hyper
- Go to
View -> Full Reloador press
Cmd + Shift + R
Setting Up Oh My Zsh
You can install it via
curl with the following command:
sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh/master/tools/install.sh)"
Customizing Oh My Zsh
Oh My Zsh comes with a lot of plugins that you can take advantage of. In order to enable them, you'll need to update the
.zshrc file in your home directory.
Open the file with your favorite text editor:
# Replace `open` with your text editor command of choice, e.g. `vi`, `code` open ~/.zshrc
Scroll down to find the
plugins section, which should default to the following:
# Which plugins would you like to load? # Standard plugins can be found in $ZSH/plugins/ # Custom plugins may be added to $ZSH_CUSTOM/plugins/ # Example format: plugins=(rails git textmate ruby lighthouse) # Add wisely, as too many plugins slow down shell startup. plugins=(git)
Enable a new plugin by adding its name to the
plugins array. Use whitespace (not commas) to specify the plugins. For example, to enable aliases for common brew commands, add
brew to the
Now you have your own customized Terminal!
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