I just saw in a video a Mac terminal app with a feature I would really like to have in elementary OS default Terminal app.


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The prompt (little left arrow) is located below the line that displays the info (user and location). This is particularly useful when the folder one is located into, has a rather long name.

Can this be achieved at all with elementary's Terminal app?


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Follow these instructions and will have a very similar result (take a look at the screenshot):

$ sudo apt-get install zsh
$ sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh)"
$ curl -o - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/denysdovhan/spaceship-zsh-theme/master/install.sh | zsh

Open your ~/.zshrc file in an editor. Change theme (probably line 8) to "spaceship": "ZSH_THEME="spaceship"

Reload your terminal:

$ source ~/.zshrc

More info for zsh here: https://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh

More themes and their installation can be found here: https://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/wiki/External-themes

There are many of them. Maybe you find a better one.

After doing this your default shell ist 'zsh'. Follow uninstall instructions if you want to go back to bash!

  • Thank you mazienho. I believe you are right, and although the theme does not look exactly like the screen-capture, it look very similar. Cheers.
    – Gabriel
    Jul 21, 2016 at 17:35

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