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Beautify Your Terminal Experience


A developer works from the terminal most of the times because it is faster and more productive. If you haven’t started using the terminal as much, Bruuh you should!

Two things greatly inspire me to code at any time of the day and on weekends. They are:

1. My Sublime Appearance

2. My Terminal Appearance

It’s funny how I change themes frequently. Change is constant right?. Good!

I’ll share what makes a beautiful Terminal  for me.

1. iTerm2

Download iTerm2 from https://www.iterm2.com/ , then Open the iTerm2 terminal.

2. Oh-my-Zsh

By default, we have the bash shell running on the iTerm2 terminal. Common you are better than bash, it’s time to install Zsh!

For Mac or Linux Users

You can simply run this

or

Then restart your terminal.

3. Add a touch of Material design

Material design is currently the most popular design pattern for apps and websites. We can also add a touch of material design to our terminal.

Put this link in your browser and hit Enter. It will download the material theme preset.

Double-click the downloaded item. It will add it automatically to your Terminal presets.

Now, go to Preferences > Profiles >Colors >Load Presets and select material-dark. Make sure you select Default by the left pane first before selecting the material preset.

Now restart your terminal and feel the clean and nice interface. We’re certainly not done yet!

3. PowerLevel9k Zsh Theme

From the terminal, run this

then

You then need to select the theme in your ~/.zshrc by adding

Awesome. Now restart your terminal either by running

or manually restarting your terminal.

Now, it looks beautiful but there is still an issue here. You will see some x symbols and some parts of the bar overlapping. We will need to install Powerline fonts.

Change directory to the root directory and clone this repo:

cd into the fonts directory and run:

Once the fonts are installed,  Go to Preferences > Profiles > Text >

Change the Regular and Non-ASCII Font to any one of the Powerline fonts you prefer.

Restart your terminal and see the beauty.

Now give your terminal a round of applause. :smile:

It’s that simple.

Please, if you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to use the comments section below.

PROSPER OTEMUYIWA

About PROSPER OTEMUYIWA

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