One of the biggest advantages of using
zsh are the plugins and functions that you can use to amplify your terminal powers. I’ve been using
oh-my-zsh to manage my
zsh configuration, and recently I started using
zplug to manage all of the plugins and customizations I use.
A next-generation plugin manager for zsh
zplug offers an intuitive and fast way to manage everything I rely on when using
zsh. I’ve gone so far as to use it as the main form of loading plugins and other customizations for
zsh. I’ll show you a brief overview of how I manage the plugins I use.
You can install
zplug by running the following script.
curl -sL --proto-redir -all,https https://raw.githubusercontent.com/zplug/installer/master/installer.zsh | zsh
Once installed I make sure to update my
.zshrc with a
zplug section that will load all of the necessary customizations I want.
Loading oh-my-zsh plugins
I still borrow from the vast array of plugins and functions the
oh-my-zsh community has provided to the world.
# Load oh-my-zsh plugins zplug "plugins/brew", from:oh-my-zsh zplug "plugins/docker", from:oh-my-zsh zplug "plugins/docker-compose", from:oh-my-zsh zplug "plugins/git", from:oh-my-zsh zplug "plugins/github", from:oh-my-zsh zplug "plugins/osx", from:oh-my-zsh
I use the dracula theme, and loading it is a simple as:
# Load theme file zplug "dracula/zsh", as:theme
After adding the
zplug section to my
.zshrc I make sure to add the following to the end of that section, so that
zplug makes certain to install all of the plugins I’ve specified.
# Install plugins if there are plugins that have not been installed if ! zplug check --verbose; then printf "Install? [y/N]: " if read -q; then echo; zplug install fi fi
Finally, you can add the following so the plugins can be sourced and added to the
# Then, source plugins and add commands to $PATH zplug load