My Dev Setup: Terminal + Shell

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I am a sucker for a good dev setup for both my terminal and my editor. So in this post, I shall be writing about the Terminal and shell parts of my dev setup.

Terminal

My terminal emulator is iterm2. This has all the good features like multi-pane, multi-tab and auto-complete support.

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Shell

I use zsh as my shell. The reason behind using zsh is the support for some very good plugins + powerful auto-complete features + great set of aesthetic themes to choose from.

Similar to a .bash_profile , Zsh has a .zshrc file where all your zsh settings and configurations are saved.

Zsh has a lot of themes to choose from. Being a frequent git user, I went with the Agnoster theme. This needs to be specified in the .zshrc file for the ZSH_THEME variable

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I use the Solarized Dark preset. You can select it from the color preset tab in the Zsh preferences menu

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I use the Cousine for Powerline font. For using this, the powerline fonts repository has to be downloaded and the fonts have to be installed

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For zsh to auto-complete your scripts or code, they should be added to the plugins list in the .zshrc file. As I only use git, python, and bash mostly, I have added them. (zsh-syntax-highlighting helps me with the syntax prompts. It is straightforward, as in the font color is red if the syntax is wrong, and green if the syntax is correct)

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My terminal settings and theme(s) complement my VS Code themes and settings very nicely. I shall write about my VS Code setup in the next post.

Hope you liked this article. Feel free to tweet to me if you have any questions or suggestions :)

Sandeep Panda's photo

Cool stuff. Please tag it with General Programming for more visibility.

Jalem Raj Rohit's photo

Thanks, Sandeep. Added the tag :)

Peter Thaleikis's photo

Awesome, thanks for sharing!

Prakshi Yadav's photo

After reading this, I am sure my VS code setup can be more advanced with your next blog. :)

Bolaji Ayodeji's photo

Really insightful article, thanks for sharing!