Get PowerLevel9k — The Most Cool Linux Shell EVER!

“What’s your Shell” is the top asked question I got on my YouTube channel, followed by “Can you please demo how to set it up?” It was so frequently requested, that at some point I simply stopped using it, to skip the question!

So after 2 years, I got un-lazy, and tried to make a demo, which isn’t really good all my videos anyway :)

PowerLevel9k has insane crazy configuration, so the point was mostly like “hey, there is this Shell, isn’t really hard to set it up!”, rather to show features!



This story, actually follows the video!

Install ZSH!

PowerLevel9k is a prompt theme for ZSH, so we need that first!

>_ sudo dnf install zsh

After that, we normally want to set ZSH as our default Shell, with

>_ chsh -s /usr/bin/zsh #SKIP THAT!

But we don’t really need it, since Oh-My-ZSH will do it anyway!

Install Oh-My-ZSH!

Hey, I will give the commands just for reference, but please don’t copy them! Follow the documentation on original project pages!

>_ sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"Oh-My-Zsh on Github

This will do three things

  1. It will write on $HOME/.zshrc
  2. It will set ZSH as default Shell
  3. It will create $HOME/.oh-my-zsh directory that contains OMZ scripts and plugins!

Note that OMZ will ask you for auto-updates every while, so you dont really to worry about that! Also you can force to check for updates by

>_ upgrade_oh_my_zsh

Install PowerLevel9k!

Then it’s time to install PowerLevel9k using the OMZ way!

>_ git clone ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/themes/powerlevel9kPowerLevel9k on Github

Then we set it on $HOME/.zshrc. Open a text editor and set:


Install Nerd Fonts!

PowerLevel9k accepts lots of fonts, but Nerds are the most complete set with lots of glyphs! Get whatever font you like, but on the video above I picked Hack

Install them with GNOME Fonts App, that basically moves them on $HOME/.local/share/fonts , pick them on Tilix, and on .zshrc add:


Customize the Prompt a Bit!

PowerLevel9k has crazy customization options, so you need to check on their wiki, but for the video I went just with:


Which is very explanatory, what each option does!

A Hint!

To see fonts glyphs and Unicodes this is a very nice webApp! Im using it on video at 5:04

Create a Custom Segment!

PowerLevel9k has an insane lots out of box segments, but if we want to add a custom one, in this case just our distro logo we can do

POWERLEVEL9K_CUSTOM_FEDORA_ICON="echo <unicode logo icon> "

And then add the segment on the prompt

POWERLEVEL9K_LEFT_PROMPT_ELEMENTS=(custom_fedora_icon context dir vcs)

$CONTEXT displays username/hostname

$DIR displays the current working directory, that we can even trim path if we want!

$VCS displays the Git status in case we are inside a Git repository

For the context there are segments like {battery, background_jobs, ip and lots more}

To check for available colors (background/foreground)

>_ for code ({000..255}) print -P -- "$code: %F{$code}This is how your text would look like%f"

We can colorize any segment we want, and we can even override any icons we want! anyway, check on their Github!




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