In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to install and setup Zsh and Oh-my-Zsh on Fedora 32 desktop.
Z shell (ZSH) is a UNIX command interpreter (shell) that can be used as an interactive login shell and as a shell script command processor. It incorporates features of other shells such as Bash, tcsk, ksh but includes many enhancements. Some of the features include;
- Smart command TAB auto-completion
- Improved variable/array handling
- Spelling correction
- Enables sharing of command history among all running shells
- Editing of multi-line commands in a single buffer
- It is highly customization
Zsh configuration is managed by a delightful, open source and community-driven framework called Oh My Zsh. Oh My Zsh comes bundled with a ton of functions, helpers, plugins and themes that can be used to spice your shell experience.
Install and Setup ZSH and Oh-My-Zsh on Fedora 32
Run System Update
To begin with, update your system packages.
Zsh is available on the default Fedora repositories and hence, you can simply install it by executing the command below;
dnf install zsh
============================================================================================================================================================================ Package Architecture Version Repository Size ============================================================================================================================================================================ Installing: zsh x86_64 5.8-1.fc32 fedora 2.9 M Transaction Summary ============================================================================================================================================================================ Install 1 Package Total download size: 2.9 M Installed size: 7.6 M Is this ok [y/N]: y
Once the installation is done, you can check the version of the install ZSH by executing the command below;
zsh 5.8 (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu)
To begin the configuration of ZSH on Fedora 32, you need to change your default shell interpreter to ZSH.
For example, I am currently logged in to my Fedora 32 as user koromicha.
[[email protected] ~]$ whoami
With my current shell being bash;
Now, to change your shell, you can use
chsh command. For example, to change the default shell for the user koromicha, simply run;
sudo usermod -s $(which zsh) koromicha
You can as well simply change your shell using
chsh -s $(which zsh)
Close the current terminal and open a new one to use your new shell. Upon opening a new terminal, the ZSH configuration wizard, similar to the one shown in the screenshot below, should pop up with some initial ZSH configuration options;
You can simply press
q to quit the configuration wizard and proceed to configure ZSH on Fedora 32.
After that, you should be able to see your shell prompt change from bash;
[[email protected] ~]$
See the trailing
$ for bash and
% for zsh.
If you can now check your default shell;
Install and Configure Oh-my-Zsh on Fedora 32
We now have ZSH in place. But we want to go further and customize its appearance. To achieve this, we will use the oh-my-zsh framework.
Oh-my-Zsh framework can be installed by either using the
wget commands as shown below;
sudo dnf install wget curl
sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh)"
sh -c "$(wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh -O -)"
Upon installation, you will see yet another change in the appearance of your terminal.
We now want the “oh-my-zsh” feeling!!! So let us proceed and configure this.
The Oh-my-Zsh configuration files are located under
~/.oh-my-zsh/ directory. Note that when you installed oh-my-zsh, it created the default ZSH configuration file under
$HOME. The default configuraiton file for ZSH is
~/.zshrc. This is based on the
Oh-My-Zsh themes are located under
To change the ZSH themes, open the configuration file,
~/.zshrc, and set the value of
ZSH_THEME= to the name of your preferred theme.
If you check,
robbyrussel is the default theme for ZSH.
... # Set name of the theme to load --- if set to "random", it will # load a random theme each time oh-my-zsh is loaded, in which case, # to know which specific one was loaded, run: echo $RANDOM_THEME # See https://github.com/ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh/wiki/Themes ZSH_THEME="robbyrussell" ...
Therefore, to replace or change your ZSH theme, get the name of the theme from
$HOME/.oh-my-zsh/themes/ folder and substitute the
robbyrussell with the new name of your preferred theme.
For example, to change the themes to
~/.zshrc to effect the changes everytime you make changes.
This is how
agnoster theme changes the shell prompt to look like;
How to use multiple ZSH themes
If you want to use multiple selected themes randomly, edit the
$HOME/.zshrc and set the theme to
Then, define the random themes to make a selection from;
ZSH_THEME_RANDOM_CANDIDATES=( "gnzh" "agnoster" "robbyrussel" )
Check more themes on oh my zsh themes Github repository.
Using Custom Oh-My-ZSH Themes
There exists a whole lot of oh-my-zsh custom theme options to beef up your zsh that you can choose from. These themes are available as external Oh-my-zsh themes.
Oh-my-zsh custom themes can be installed on
One of the custom themes that i usually like using is the Powerlevel10k Theme. So, for demo purpose, let us see how to install this theme;
To install and use Powerlevel10k theme, you first need to install the recommended font,
Meslo Nerd Font patched for Powerlevel10k.
Download Meslo Nerd Font patched for Powerlevel10k fonts;
To instal the fonts, navigate to the downloads directory and double click and install each one of them so as to make
MesloLGS NF font available system wide.
Next, configure your terminal to use Powerlevel10k
MesloLGS NF font. Each type of terminal has a different way in which it can be configured to use this theme.
On GNOME terminal;
- Right click anywhere on the terminal and select Preferences.
- On the selected profile, under
Text Appearanceand select
MesloLGS NF Regular.
- Once you set the theme, close the Preferences window.
Download and Install Powerlevel10k Oh-My-Zsh Theme
Download and install Powerlevel10k oh-my-zsh theme by running the command below;
git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/romkatv/powerlevel10k.git $ZSH_CUSTOM/themes/powerlevel10k
Once Powerlevel10k theme is in place, edit the Zsh configuration file,
$HOME/.zshrc, and change the theme to
... # ZSH_THEME="robbyrussell" # ZSH_THEME="agnoster" ZSH_THEME="powerlevel10k/powerlevel10k"
Save and exit the Zsh configuration then reload the configs.
Upon reloading Zsh configs, Powerlevel10k configuration wizard is launched and it will ask a few questions so as to configure your prompt. Answer the questions appropriately.
Select your shell promt.
Configure how you want your prompt to look like by going through a series of provided questions. Save the changes when done and your Powerlevel10k prompt now looks like highlighted section of the screenshot.
Basically, below are the options that I chose to get the above prompt;
- Prompt style: (3) Rainbow.
- Character set: (1) Unicode.
- Show current time: 24 hour
- Prompt Separators: (2) Vertical.
- Prompt Heads: (1) Sharp.
- Prompt Tails: (3) Sharp.
- Prompt Height: (2) Two lines.
- Prompt Connection: (1) Disconnected.
- Prompt Frame: (2) Left.
- Frame Color: (2) Light.
- Prompt Spacing: (2) Sparse.
- Icons: (2) Many icons.
- Prompt Flow: (1) Concise.
- nable Transient Prompt?: (n) No.
- Instant Prompt Mode: (1) Verbose (recommended).
Enabling Oh-My-Zsh Plugins on Fedora 32
There are a ton of oh-my-zsh plugins to further spice up your shell. Plugins are stored under,
~/.oh-my-zsh/plugins. It is also possible to define custom plugin location, like,
Plugins can be enabled by defining them under the plugins section on
~/.zshrc config file.
For example, to easily prefix your current or previous commands with
sudo by pressing Escape key twice
# Which plugins would you like to load? # Standard plugins can be found in ~/.oh-my-zsh/plugins/* # Custom plugins may be added to ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins/ # Example format: plugins=(rails git textmate ruby lighthouse) # Add wisely, as too many plugins slow down shell startup. plugins=(git sudo)
Save and exit the shell. Then source
~/.zshrc for the changes to take effect.
The verify the plugin by running type a command and press escape key twice to prefix it with sudo.
Each and every plugin has a readme file on what it does. Be sure to check.
ZSH is very customizable through the use of Oh-my-zsh framework. Feel free to explore this further.
That concludes our guide on how to install and setup ZSH and Oh-My-Zsh on Fedora 32.