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A collection of ZSH frameworks, plugins, themes and tutorials.

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A collection of ZSH frameworks, plugins, tutorials & themes inspired by the various awesome list collections out there.

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These frameworks make customizing your ZSH setup easier.

You can find some interesting performance timing comparisons of various frameworks in the following locations.

alf (猸104)

Alf is an out of this world super fast and configurable framework for ZSH; it's modeled after Prezto (猸14k) and Antigen (猸7.8k) while utilizing Oh-My-Zsh under the covers; and offers standard defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, automated updates and installable prompt themes and plugins.

ansible-role-zsh (猸308)

ansible-role-zsh is an ansible role with zero-knowledge installation. It uses antigen (猸7.8k) to manage bundles and oh-my-zsh. Can load bundles conditionally. By default it includes the powerlevel9k theme, autosuggestions, syntax-highlighting and fzf-widgets (猸85) and fzf-marks (猸464). Fully customizable.

ant-zsh (猸31)

Ant-zsh is a tiny and lightweight ZSH configuration environment for special customization needs. It includes plugins, themes and a basic convenient setup.

antibody (猸1.7k)

Antibody is a faster and simpler antigen (猸7.8k) written in Golang. More details are available at


Antidote is a ZSH plugin manager made from the ground up thinking about performance.

It is fast because it can do things concurrently, and generates an ultra-fast static plugin file that you can include in your ZSH config.

It is written natively in ZSH, is well tested, and picks up where Antibody (猸1.7k) left off.

antigen-hs (猸205)

antigen-hs is a replacement for antigen (猸7.8k) optimized for a low overhead when starting up a zsh session. It will automatically clone plugins for you.

antigen (猸7.8k)

Antigen is a small set of functions that help you easily manage your shell (ZSH) plugins, called bundles. The concept is pretty much the same as bundles in a typical vim+pathogen setup. Antigen is to ZSH, what Vundle is to vim. Antigen can load oh-my-zsh themes and plugins and will automatically clone them for you.

ax-zsh (猸17)

Ax-ZSH is a modular configuration system for ZSH. It provides sane defaults and is extendable by plugins.

Ax-ZSH integrates well with Powerlevel10k (猸40k) and other extensions, including plugins compatible with oh-my-zsh.

deer (猸3)

A minimalist ZSH plugin manager.

dotzsh (猸223)

Dotzsh strives to be platform and version independent. Some functionality may be lost when running under older versions of ZSH, but it should degrade cleanly and allow you to use the same setup on multiple machines of differing OSes without problems.

fresh (猸1.2k)

fresh is a tool to source shell configuration (aliases, functions, etc) from others into your own configuration files. We also support files such as ackrc and gitconfig. Think of it as Bundler for your dot files.


miniplug is a minimalistic plugin manager for ZSH.


oh-my-zsh is a community-driven framework for managing your ZSH configuration. Includes 120+ optional plugins (rails, git, macOS, hub, capistrano, brew, ant, macports, etc), over 120 themes to spice up your morning, and an auto-update tool that makes it easy to keep up with the latest updates from the community.

PMS (猸9)

PMS allows you to manage your shell in a way to that helps decrease setup time and increases your productivity. It has support for themes (change the way your shell looks), plugins (adds functionality to your shell), and dotfile management.

The PMS framework also allows you to use the same framework in different shells. Use ZSH on your personal laptop, and use bash on remote servers. Wanna try fish? Go ahead, try out different shells.

prezto (猸14k)

Prezto enriches the ZSH command line interface environment with sane defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, and prompt themes. There are some prezto (猸14k)-specific plugins at (猸119).

pumice (猸8)

Pumice is a lightweight plugin manager for ZSH.

sheldon (猸784)

A fast, configurable, shell plugin manager.

shplug (猸19)

An easy solution for managing your shell environments. Works with both bash and zsh. Makes it easy to sync your environment across multiple machines with a git repository.

Toasty (猸11)

Toasty is a ZSH framework made to facilitate management, not dictate it.

uz (猸10)

A ZSH micro plugin manager.

yazt (猸1)

Yazt is a simple ZSH theme manager in maintence that is compatible with nearly everything. You can use prompts in plugins, mix 'n' match two themes, with a few modifications, you can even use it in bash.

yzsh (猸0)

yzsh is a simple ZSH framework for managing plugins, themes, functions, aliases and environment variables.

zap (猸783)

zap is a minimal ZSH plugin manager.

zapack (猸7)

zapack is a basic fast minimal ZSH plugin loader.

zcomet (猸172)

zcomet is a minimalistic ZSH plugin manager that gets you to the prompt surprisingly quickly without caching (see the benchmarks). In addition to loading and updating plugins stored in git repositories, it supports lazy-loading plugins (further reducing startup time) as well as downloading and sourcing code snippets.

zeesh (猸43)

Zeesh is a cross-platform ZSH framework. It's similar to, but incompatible with, oh-my-zsh. It has a modular plugin architecture making it easy to extend. It has a rich set of defaults, but is designed to be as lightweight as possible.

zgem (猸10)

zgem is a plugin manager for ZSH that supports loading and updating plugins and themes from git, http and local files.

zgen (猸1.5k)

Zgen is a lightweight plugin manager for ZSH inspired by Antigen (猸7.8k). The goal is to have minimal overhead when starting up the shell because nobody likes waiting. It is currently not being actively maintained and I recommend you use the zgenom (猸303) fork instead, which is actively maintained and extended.

zgenom (猸303)

A lightweight plugin manager for ZSH that is a fork that extends the brilliant zgen (猸1.5k) and provides more features and bugfixes while being fully backwards compatible.

To keep loading fast during new terminal sessions, zgenom generates a static init.zsh file which does nothing but source your plugins and append them to your fpath.

This minimizes startup time by not having to execute time consuming logic (plugin checking, updates, etc) during every shell session's startup. The downside is that you have to refresh the init script manually with zgenom reset whenever you update your plugin list in your .zshrc.

Zgenom can load oh-my-zsh-compatible and prezto (猸14k)-compatible plugins and themes, and will automagically git clone plugins for you when you add them to your plugin list.

ZI (猸597)

ZI is a Swiss Army Knife for ZSH. Formerly known as zplugin andzinit. ZI - Wiki Pages.

Bonus: you can use zi-console (猸10) to view and change the state of the ZSH session (e.g.: list and unload plugins) and to delete the plugins and snippets from the disk.

zilsh (猸32)

zilsh is a ZSH config system that aims to appeal more to power-users and follow the simplistic approach of vim-pathogen.

zim (猸3.3k)

Zim is a ZSH configuration framework with blazing speed and modular extensions.

Zinit (猸2.1k)

Zinit is an innovative and probably (because of the Turbo) the fastest plugin manager with support for:

The project is very active 鈥 currently > 3100 commits.

zinit-4 (猸14)

This is Zinit 4 from the original author, who once removed the Zinit (猸2.1k) repo from GitHub. This spawned a community-driven zdharma-continuum organization that revived all of psprint's ZSH projects. Its main innovations from the @zdharma-continuum fork are:

These are the most visible changes, but there are more (like e.g.: support for compiling with libraries from previously built projects/$ZPFX).

zit (猸24)

zit is a plugin manager for ZSH. It is minimal because it implements the bare minimum to be qualified as a plugin manager: it allows the user to install plugins from git repositories (and git repositories only, that's why the name), source plugins and update them. It does not implement fancy functions like cleanup of removed plugins, automatic compilation of installed plugins, alias for oh-my-zsh/prezto/other ZSH frameworks, building binaries, $PATH manipulation and others.

zlugin (猸2)

zlugin is a very lightweight ZSH plugin manager.

znap (猸1.1k)

鈿nap is a light-weight plugin manager & git repository manager for ZSH that's easy to grok. While tailored for ZSH plugins specifically, Znap also functions as a general-pupose utility for managing git repositories.

Znap can:

zoppo (猸33)

Zoppo is the crippled configuration framework for ZSH. As an Italian saying goes: "chi va con lo zoppo, impara a zoppicare", we realized we were walking with a cripple and are now going to become crippled ourselves.

zpacker (猸2)

Zpacker is a lightweight ZSH plugin & theme management framework.

zpico (猸1)

The minuscule ZSH package manager. No frills, no bloat, just 2 kB of 100% ZSH code, providing complete package management for your ZSH environment.

ZSH package managers are abundant, but most are bloated, slow or have excessive requirements. On top of that, more than a few have been abandoned for years. Zpico does not seek to be the best of the best, rather to balance functionality against a tiny, fast footprint.

zplug (猸5.6k)

馃尯 Zplug is a next-generation ZSH plugin manager.

zpm (猸307)

zpm ( ZSH Plugin Manager ) is a plugin manager for ZSH which combines the imperative and declarative approach. At first run, zpm will do complex logic and generate a cache, after that will only use the cache, so it makes this framework very fast.

zr (猸171)

zr is a quick, simple ZSH plugin manager written in Rust and easily installable with cargo install zr.

Focuses on security and hardening of local system. Requires fzf (猸55k)

zshing (猸7)

zshing is a ZSH plugin manager similar to Vundle/Vim and allows you to...

zsh-dot-plugin (猸0)

Customize your .zshrc with only ~21 lines of code. Based on zsh-unplugged (猸253).

zshPlug (猸0)

zshPlug is a minimalist plugin manager heavily based on zap (猸783).

ztanesh (猸267)

Ztanesh aims to improve your UNIX command line experience and productivity with the the configuration provided by the ztanesh project: the tools will make your shell more powerful and easier to use.

ztheme (猸3)

ztheme is a small and fast theme engine for ZSH.

ztupide (猸6)

A simple and fast ZSH plugin manager. It uses zcompile and async loading to speed up your shell startup time.

zulu (猸150)

Zulu is a environment manager for ZSH 5 or later, which aims to make it easy to manage your shell without writing any code.


This section is for full setup dropins - they aren't frameworks, but they're not simple plugins/themes either.




If you're on a Mac, the zsh that comes with it is usually pretty stale. You can use brew install zsh to update it.

Many of the themes here use special glyphs for things like displaying a branch icon. You'll need to use a Nerd Font (猸48k) or a Powerline-compatible font in your terminal program or you'll see ugly broken boxes where the symbols should be.

Here are a few good sources for Nerd Fonts and Powerline-compatible fonts:


Generic ZSH





Zinit (n茅 zplugin)

ZSH on Windows

superconsole (猸77) - Windows-only



These plugins add tab completions without adding extra functions or aliases.


If you're using Antigen (猸7.8k), you can test these themes in a running ZSH with antigen theme githubuser/repo. If you're using zgenom (猸303), add them to your init.zsh with zgenom load githubuser/reponame.


Some of the themes listed here require Powerline-compatible fonts, here are a few:


I recommend zgenom (猸303) if you don't already have a preferred ZSH framework. It adds minimal overhead during shell session startup because it generates a load script only when you change your plugin list, and that load script is sourced during startup instead of being recalculated every time.

Antigen (猸7.8k)

Most of these plugins can be installed by adding antigen bundle githubuser/reponame to your .zshrc file. Antigen will handle cloning the plugin for you automatically the next time you start zsh. You can also add the plugin to a running ZSH with antigen bundle githubuser/reponame for testing before adding it to your .zshrc.

dotzsh (猸223)

  1. Clone new plugins into .zsh.local/modules
  2. Load the plugin module in .zshrc
  3. Open a new ZSH terminal window or tab


  1. cd ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins
  2. git clone repo
  3. Add the repo to your plugin list

Prezto (猸14k)

  1. Clone the plugin into your prezto modules directory
  2. Add the plugin to your .zpreztorc file
  3. Open a new terminal window or tab

Zgen (猸1.5k)

Zgen is not being actively maintained. I recommend that you switch to the Zgenom (猸303) fork, which is.

Zgenom (猸303)

Most of these plugins can be installed by adding zgenom load githubuser/reponame to your .zshrc file in the same function you're doing your other zgenom load calls in.

Zgenom will automatically clone the plugin repositories for you when you do a zgenom save.

zplug (猸5.6k)

Most of these plugins can be installed by adding zplug "githubuser/reponame" to your .zshrc file.

zpm (猸307)

Most of these plugins can be installed by adding zpm load "githubuser/reponame" to your .zshrc file.

Writing New Plugins and Themes

I've documented some recommendations for writing new plugin and themes here (猸14k).

There is also a more detailed Zsh Plugin Standard.

Other Resources

ZSH Tools

Other Useful Lists

Find other useful awesome-* lists at the awesome collection (猸278k)

Other References


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