Customise Your Terminal Using powerlevel10k & Zsh

8/31/20234 min read

Customise Your Terminal Using powerlevel10k & Zsh

Transform your terminal from this to this !!


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After Terminal Image

What we will set up?


ZSH, also called the Z shell, is an extended version of the Bourne Shell (sh), with plenty of new features, and support for plugins and themes.

2.Powerlevel 10k

Powerlevel10k is a theme for Zsh. It emphasizes speed, flexibility and out-of-the-box experience.


This package provides syntax highlighting for the shell zsh. It enables the highlighting of commands whilst they are typed at a zsh prompt into an interactive terminal. This helps in reviewing commands before running them, particularly in catching syntax errors. Some examples:




As you type commands, you will see a completion offered after the cursor in a muted grey color. If you press the → key (forward-char widget) or End (end-of-line widget) with the cursor at the end of the buffer, it will accept the suggestion, replacing the contents of the command line buffer with the suggestion.

1.Install Zsh


Ubuntu, Debian & derivatives
sudo apt install zsh
Arch Linux or Manjaro
pacman -S zsh
brew install zsh

2)Verify your installation by running zsh --version. Expected result: zsh 5.0.8 or more recent.

3)Make it your default shell

chsh -s $(which zsh)

Note that this will not work if Zsh is not in your authorized shells list (/etc/shells) or if you don't have permission to use chsh. If that's the case you'll need to use a different procedure.

4)Log out and log back in again to use your new default shell.

5)Test that it worked with echo $SHELL. Expected result: /bin/zsh or similar.

2.Install and Cofigure powerlevel10k


Powerlevel10k doesn't require custom fonts but can take advantage of them if they are available. It works well with Nerd Fonts, Source Code Pro, Font Awesome, Powerline, and even the default system fonts. The full choice of style options is available only when using Nerd Fonts.

Recommended font: Meslo Nerd Font patched for Powerlevel10k.

Download these four ttf files:

Double-click on each file and click "Install". This will make MesloLGS NF font available to all applications on your system. Configure your terminal to use this font:

  • GNOME Terminal (the default Ubuntu terminal): Open Terminal → Preferences and click on the selected profile under Profiles. Check Custom font under Text Appearance and select MesloLGS NF Regular.

  • Apple Terminal: Open Terminal → Preferences → Profiles → Text, click Change under Font and select MesloLGS NF family.

  • Microsoft Terminal: Open Settings (Ctrl+,), search for fontFace and set value to MesloLGS NF for every profile. If you are using any other terminal click here for the configuration.


Clone the powerlevel10k GitHub repo

git clone --depth=1 ~/powerlevel10k

Source the powerlevel10k theme script in your .zshrc

echo 'source ~/powerlevel10k/powerlevel10k.zsh-theme' >>~/.zshrc

After this exit and reopen your terminal. Now you will see this message.

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This is the Powerlevel10k cofiguration wizard select the options that you like and make your custom prompt !!

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Choose the prompt style that you like.

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Press Y and save your changes.

If you want to change your prompt again just run the following command.

p10k configure

This will take you to the Powerlevel10k configuration wizard.

3.Zsh-autosuggestions and Zsh-syntax-highlighting


Clone the Zsh-autosuggestions repo

git clone ~/.zsh/zsh-autosuggestions

Source the script in your .zshrc

echo 'source ~/.zsh/zsh-autosuggestions/zsh-autosuggestions.zsh'>>~/.zshrc

Then exit and start a new terminal session.


Clone the Zsh-syntax-highlighting repo

git clone

Source the script in your .zshrc

echo 'source ~/zsh-syntax-highlighting/zsh-syntax-highlighting.zsh'>>~/.zshrc

Note the source command must be at the end of ~/.zshrc.

Now exit and start a new terminal session.

And et voilà ! Your terminal is ready! Thank you so much for reading this article and do let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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