Install and Configure Oh My Zsh and use it in VSCode

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If you use the simple Bash Terminal in your OS, you may want to give Zsh a try to use a faster and safer terminal with many more features. The simple Bash that exist in the common dist of Linuxes are not changed over years and just received some security fixes, but the community behind Zsh are improving it everyday and bring new useful plugins.

I use ‘Oh my Zsh’, Oh My Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration.

Screenshot of Oh My ZSH in Yakuake

Installing it is easy, here we go:

First we install zsh itself

sudo apt-get install zsh

And then ‘Oh my Zsh’ framework

Via Curl

sudo sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Or via Wget

sh -c "$(wget -O-"

During installation it will ask you if you want to make it your default terminal and you may answer yes.

Install the requirments:

sudo apt-get install fonts-powerline ttf-ancient-fonts

Configure Oh My Zsh

You can configure Oh My Zsh to change how it update (Automate or asking), Enable/Disable Plugins, Setting Default user etc. Here is part of changes I’ve made, I’ve enabled some plugins and uncommented/changed some settings:

sudo nano ~/.zshrc

export PATH=$HOME/bin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH

zstyle ':omz:update' mode auto
zstyle ':omz:update' frequency 1


 if [[ -n $SSH_CONNECTION ]]; then
   export EDITOR='nano'
   export EDITOR='atom'

Installing Theme

There are many plugins installed by default, but I’ve found this nice theme that comes with some nice features and looks pretty useful, so first we set a ZSH_CUSTOM directory and then download our favorite theme into that:

mkdir $home/.zsh-custom

and set the path in ~/.zshrc file:


and Download it:

sudo wget -P $ZSH_CUSTOM/themes/

And then configure the theme in your ~/.zshrc file:


Change the default terminal in VSCode

Screenshot of OhMyZSH in VSCode

Ok so by now we have installed and configured Zsh and set it as default but still VSCode use the default Bash as the integrated terminal. So we want to change it to Zsh, but there are a problem, VSCode only support monospace fotns and cannot use the power-fonts we have installed. so we have to install some compatible fonts first:

My suggestion is Meslo from nerd-fonts package. You can download it from their repository: nerd-fonts/patched-fonts/Meslo/M/Regular/complete
Just download the mono version and install it via font manager in your OS.

Or if you wish to install it via command line:

git clone [email protected]:ryanoasis/nerd-fonts.git --depth 1
cd nerd-fonts
sudo ./

Now we can configure VSCode to use Zsh, Add the following lines to settings.json of VSCode or find them one by one in settings and apply them:

"terminal.integrated.defaultProfile.linux": "/usr/bin/zsh",
"terminal.integrated.defaultProfile.osx": "/usr/bin/zsh",
"terminal.integrated.fontFamily": "MesloLGM Nerd Font"

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