Setting up the iMac - zsh, Oh My Zsh & Dracula

10 Jul 2020

Setting up a new computer is refreshing and a chance to start over. So, this week when I finally decided to get my iMac from the office, I spent the first day setting up the shell, terminal, themes, git, vsc and this blog repo with ssh keys on Github. A big screen increases productivity and speeds up development.

Shell #

Let's check which shell I am using.

echo $0

Apple announced that the default shell in macOS 10.15 Catalina will be zsh. bash has been the default shell since Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. But, we'll need to switch this manually.

$ chsh -s /bin/zsh

This will prompt for your password. This command will not change the current shell. Close the current shell and open a new one.

Oh My Zsh #

Oh My Zsh ><

Oh My Zsh is a delightful, open source, community-driven framework for managing your Zsh configuration. It comes bundled with thousands of helpful functions, helpers, plugins, themes,

I had setup Oh My Zsh on my MacBook and can’t do with out it anymore. Oh My Zsh is a layer on top of your zsh shell with a bunch of plugins to make your life easier. This is a fantastic article that I followed to get Oh My Zsh installed and working - Badassify your terminal and shell.

Here are my Oh My Zsh favourite plugins:

I followed this article Oh-My-Zsh! A Work of CLI Magic — Tutorial for Ubuntu
to install plugins and learn some shortcuts.

I customised the ~/.zshrc to show the full path to my working directory. Add this line to the bottom of the file:

PROMPT=${PROMPT/\%c/\%~}

And now source the .zshrc file.

source ~/.zshrc 

Dracula #

The colors of this theme are soothing so I decided to get it setup for zsh and Visual Studio Code.

Dark theme for Zsh and 107+ apps — Dracula

git clone https://github.com/dracula/zsh.git dracula
mv ~/dracula/dracula.zsh-theme ~/.oh-my-zsh/themes/dracula.zsh-theme

Open ~/.zshrc and change the the line ZSH_THEME=”robbyrussell” to ZSH_THEME=”dracula”.

Source the ~/.zshrc. If you get errors then you need to move the /lib folder as mentioned here.

Dark theme for Visual Studio Code and 107+ apps — Dracula

The installation using the command palette is pretty straightforward.

VSC Dracula ><


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