Install iTerm2

Install from official site and set theme to Solarized Dark theme.

Install Meslo font, or see the rest of the free fonts,


To display symbols correctly:
iterm2 > Profiles > Text > Change Font to "Meslo LG M DZ Regular for Powerline".

Enable word jump:
iterm2 > Profiles > Keys > Load Preset... and select "Natural Text Editing".

Install Zsh

Make sure Zsh is installed with latest version.

$ zsh --version

It should return zsh 5.2 or more recent. If not, install with brew.

$ brew install zsh

Check default shell with echo $SHELL. MacOS default shell is /bin/bash. Find out the file path of zsh installed by brew.

$ which zsh

It should be /usr/local/bin/zsh. Check available shells with cat /etc/shells. If the brew's zsh is not in the list, add it to the list.

$ echo $(which zsh) | sudo tee -a /etc/shells 

Make Zsh the default shell.

chsh -s $(which zsh)

Restart the terminal.

Install Oh My Zsh

Oh-My-Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your ZSH configuration.

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"

To use the theme shown above, set ZSH_THEME="agnoster" to .zshrc.


For shorter prompt style, to remove "[email protected]", set DEFAULT_USER to to the value of whoami in ~/.zshrc.
For syntax highlighting.

brew install zsh-syntax-highlighting

For Zsh completion.

brew install zsh-completions