Z-shell in Ubuntu 16.04

May 2, 2016


All the cool kids are using z-shell instead of bash these days. I won’t go into details here, other than saying:

Here’s what you need to do to install zsh, install Oh-My-Zsh (a prepackaged bunch of themes and addons) and get the fonts working on Ubuntu 16.04.

1. Install prerequisite packages

sudo apt install git-core zsh

2. Install Oh My Zsh

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh)"

4. Get the “Powerline” fonts required for a fancy theme

sudo apt install fonts-powerline

5. Set up a fancy theme

Open up ~/.zshrc and change ZSH_THEME variable:


Any questions? Do ask below.