Oh-My-Zsh is a popular ZSH framework which includes a series of sensible configurations, helpful aliases and pretty themes. It is quite heavy though and although you are able to toggle which plugins you enable, the plugin architecture seems like it was an afterthought and not that nice by design. Enter Antigen.
Antigen is a plugin manager for ZSH. It is inspired by Pathogen which is a plugin manager for Vim.
Now you're probably thinking YAGNI, Oh-My-Zsh does exactly what I want etc etc but I'd argue that having complete control of your setup with minimum config is very beneficial.
This article assumes you're using zsh already and not bash.
# Backup existing .zshrc ➜ mv ~/.zshrc ~/.zshrc_backup # Download Antigen into your home directory ➜ curl -L git.io/antigen > ~/antigen.zsh # Open up .zshrc ➜ vim ~/.zshrc
Now enter the following config in your ~/.zshrc file and save (basic config and useful plugins):
# Use antigen source $HOME/antigen.zsh # Use Oh-My-Zsh antigen use oh-my-zsh # Set theme antigen theme robbyrussell # Set plugins (plugins not part of Oh-My-Zsh can be installed using githubusername/repo) antigen bundle git antigen bundle zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions antigen bundle zsh-users/zsh-completions antigen bundle zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting if [[ "$OSTYPE" == "darwin"* ]]; then antigen bundle osx fi # Apply changes antigen apply
Finally source the changes to get your command line to recognise them:
Running this for the first time will install all of the plugins you've declared (which you'll see on the command line) and you should now have a "robbyrussell" ZSH prompt.
You can add plugins simply by adding them to your ~/.zshrc file and
source'ing it again.
Of course, you don't have to use Oh-My-ZSH; just vanilla ZSH with selected plugins from Github should also work.
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