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Prezto — Instantly Awesome Zsh

Prezto is the configuration framework for Zsh; it enriches the command line interface environment with sane defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, and prompt themes.


Prezto will work with any recent release of Zsh, but the minimum required version is 4.3.11.

  1. Launch Zsh:

  2. Clone the repository:

    git clone --recursive "${ZDOTDIR:-$HOME}/.zprezto"

    Optional: Installing in $XDGCONFIGHOME

    Optionally, if you already have

    configured (usually as
    by default) and intend to install Prezto under `$XDGCONFIGHOME/zsh` instead, you can clone the repository there and configure
    separately if not already configured.
  - Clone the repository:

git clone --recursive "${ZDOTDIR:-${XDG_CONFIG_HOME:-$HOME/.config}/zsh}/.zprezto"
  • Configure $XDG_CONFIG_HOME and $ZDOTDIR in ${$HOME}/.zshenv:

    export XDG_CONFIG_HOME="${XDG_CONFIG_HOME:=$HOME/.config}"
    source "$ZDOTDIR/.zshenv"

  1. Create a new Zsh configuration by copying/linking the Zsh configuration files provided:

    setopt EXTENDED_GLOB
    for rcfile in "${ZDOTDIR:-$HOME}"/.zprezto/runcoms/^; do
      ln -s "$rcfile" "${ZDOTDIR:-$HOME}/.${rcfile:t}"

    Note: If you already have any of the given configuration files,

    in the above operation will cause an error. In simple cases, you can load Prezto by adding the line
    source "${ZDOTDIR:-$HOME}/.zprezto/init.zsh"
    to the bottom of your
    and keep the rest of your Zsh configuration intact. For more complicated setups, we recommend that you back up your original configs and replace them with the provided Prezto
  2. Set Zsh as your default shell:

    chsh -s /bin/zsh
  3. Open a new Zsh terminal window or tab.


If you are not able to find certain commands after switching to Prezto, modify the

variable in
then open a new Zsh terminal window or tab.



to automatically check if there is an update to Prezto. If there are no file conflicts, Prezto and its submodules will be automatically updated. If there are conflicts you will be instructed to go into the
directory and resolve them yourself.

To pull the latest changes and update submodules manually:

git pull
git submodule sync --recursive
git submodule update --init --recursive


Prezto has many features disabled by default. Read the source code and the accompanying README files to learn about what is available.


  1. Browse
    to see what is available.
  2. Load the modules you need in
    and then open a new Zsh terminal window or tab.


  1. For a list of themes, type
    prompt -l
  2. To preview a theme, type
    prompt -p name
  3. Load the theme you like in

    and then open a new Zsh terminal window or tab.

    sorin theme Note that the

    module may be required for special symbols to appear, such as those on the right of the above image. Add

    to the
    list (under
    zstyle ':prezto:load' pmodule \
    in your
    ) to enable this module.

External Modules

  1. By default modules will be loaded from
  2. Additional module directories can be added to the

    setting in

    Note that module names need to be unique or they will cause an error when loading.

    zstyle ':prezto:load' pmodule-dirs $HOME/.zprezto-contrib


The project is managed via Git. We highly recommend that you fork this project so that you can commit your changes and push them to your fork on GitHub to preserve them. If you do not know how to use Git, follow this tutorial and bookmark this reference.


The Zsh Reference Card and the zsh-lovers man page are indispensable.


This project is licensed under the MIT License.

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