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Customize you Linux/Unix terminal!

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Naseel Niyas

Customize your Terminal in Linux/Macos/WSL without ohmyzsh!โ€‹

Lets make that ugly terminal look better! ๐Ÿš

(I am Doing this on a Raspberrypi, but this can be done on Any Linux Distro, MacOS or Windows Subsystem for Linux if you are on windows)





If you have watched any other tutorials/posts like this, you know, that we use a package called ohmyzsh, but that slows down the shell a bit, so we will do it without ohmyzsh! Just normal zsh! (We will use a theme called powerlevel10k)

Step 1: Install zshโ€‹

Now, most of Linux distributions come Pre Installed with bash, which is a shell, but we will use zsh in this tutorial

So to install zsh on Ubuntu/Debian/Raspbian/Mint/Pop/Any debian based distro run:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install zsh

Next run zsh on the command line to test if the installation worked If it did, you are ready for the next step ๐ŸŽŠ else troubleshoot the install ๐Ÿ˜•

Step 2: Changing the default shellโ€‹

Open up a new terminal and Bash will popup... Let us make zsh the default ๐Ÿ˜Ž

To Change the default shell, run:


and when prompted, enter /bin/zsh as the shell

Now, open a new session, and boom there is zsh... still ugly though

Step 3: Style it up ๐Ÿคฉโ€‹

Let us now install our theme powerlevel10kโ€‹

First you can install a recomended font... mostly a nerd font (Link to repo below) I use a font called VictorMono NF (also linked below)


git clone --depth=1 ~/powerlevel10k
echo 'source ~/powerlevel10k/powerlevel10k.zsh-theme' >>~/.zshrc

This installs powerlevel10k, When you open up a new session, you get a config wizard:


Answer the question to your liking and then use your new better terminal!

And we did not use Ohmyzsh

So how did you do it? Do share your new shell look in the comments below!

Also ๐Ÿ‘ this post if you found this helpful

If you really want to use oh-my-zsh, then watch my video on doing so!โ€‹

Links in this post ๐ŸŒ

My ~/.p10k.zsh file copy&paste if you want the same thing ๐Ÿ˜„

Powerlevel10k repo

Nerd Fonts Repo

Victor Mono NF