Mar 30, 2021

Oh My Zsh + PowerLevel10k = 😎 terminal

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Hi there, The developers always use the terminal, but it is boring and has no colors or shapes. Today we will transform our terminals into a wonderful, colorful, supportive terminal that offers suggestions and more, we’ll do it by OMZ and design it by PowerLevel10k


if you’re using Windows, you can install and configure WSL

and I recommended to use Ubuntu or Debian wsl plugin

Setup zsh

in the command line type

# Homebrew
brew install zsh

sudo apt install zsh

Install Oh My Zsh

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"


  • Install Powerlevel10k using the following command
# Github CLI
gh repo clone romkatv/powerlevel10k $ZSH_CUSTOM/themes/powerlevel10k

# Git
git clone $ZSH_CUSTOM/themes/powerlevel10k

Then you need to enable it, change the value of ZSH_THEME to following in ~/.zshrc file :


Cheat-sheet for Windows

if you’ve Windows terminal you can open your settings and in UNIX preferences and add fontFace prop, assign it to FiraCode NF.

  "guid": "{YOUR_UNIX_GUID}",
  "hidden": false,
  "name": "Ubuntu",
  "source": "Windows.Terminal.Wsl",
  "fontFace": "FiraCode NF",
  "snapOnInput": true,
  "useAcrylic": true

Windows Terminal url in Microsoft Store: url

Windows Terminal repo: url

p10k configure

  • Make sure your terminal font is FiraCode NF.

font link: url

for windows users: url


p10k configure


you can choose your style…

Plugins (Optional, Good to have!)

Clone plugins

  • zsh-syntax-highlighting - It enables highlighting of commands whilst they are typed at a zsh prompt into an interactive terminal. This helps in reviewing commands before running them, particularly in catching syntax errors.
# Github CLI
gh repo clone zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting

# Git
git clone ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting
  • zsh-autosuggestions - It suggests commands as you type based on history and completions.
# Github CLI
gh repo clone zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-autosuggestions

# Git
git clone ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-autosuggestions

ls tools

  • colorls: A Ruby script that colorizes the ls output with color and icons

  • exa: is a modern replacement for ls

# colorls
sudo gem install colorls

# exa
brew install exa

Activate the plugins

In ~/.zshrc file replace the line starting with plugins=() to below line.

plugins=( git zsh-syntax-highlighting zsh-autosuggestions )

Activate the List Tools


if [ -x "$(command -v colorls)" ]; then
  alias ls="colorls"
  alias la="colorls -al"


if [ -x "$(command -v exa)" ]; then
  alias ls="exa"
  alias la="exa --long --all --group"

Some more official plugins - ohmyzsh plugins

after all these steps type

source ~/.zshrc

Finally it should be like this 👇


Final Mac

Windows(WSL) or Linux

Final WSL

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