Awesome Dotfiles Overview

A curated list of dotfiles resources.

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Awesome dotfiles

A curated list of dotfiles resources. Inspired by the awesome (猸234k) list thing. Note that some articles or tools may look old or old-fashioned, but this usually means they're battle-tested and mature (like dotfiles themselves). Feel free to propose new articles, projects or tools!




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Find dotfiles repos

There are many great dotfiles repos out there, each containing their own inspiration and gems. One way to go through them is to search GitHub for "dotfiles".

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Example dotfiles repos

A collection of the most popular, well-maintained, and collaborative dotfiles repositories & frameworks. Some projects contain just the dotfiles. Others go further by allowing you to easily add your own custom dotfiles, and some include scripts to manage dotfiles and plugins.


Title Description Focus
Bash it (猸13k) Community bash framework. Autocompletion, themes, aliases, custom functions. Well-structured framework.
Mathias鈥檚 dotfiles (猸29k) Sensible hacker defaults for macOS Lots of goodness here, great collaborative community effort.
Maximum Awesome (猸5.7k) Config files for vim and tmux Vim, tmux. Built for Mac OS X.
webpro's dotfiles (猸921) macOS dotfiles Bash, Homebrew, Brew Cask, Git, Node.js, Hammerspoon.
rootbeersoup's dotfiles (猸62) Effortless Bash, Vim and macOS configuration A curl | sh installer and a Makefile offer portable and effortless setup for either permanent or temporary configuration.
Luke's voidrice (猸3.9k) Arch linux dotfile bootstrap Bloatless, often suckless software. Vim config for editing documents in markdown or latex


Title Description Focus
thoughtbot dotfiles (猸7.5k) Set of vim, zsh, git, and tmux configuration files Zsh, vim, tmux, git, homebrew. Uses rcm (猸2.9k).
oh-my-zsh Community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration. Includes 200+ optional plugins (rails, git, OSX, hub, capistrano, brew, ant, php, python, etc), over 140 themes to spice up your morning, and an auto-update tool.
Prezto (猸13k) The configuration framework for Zsh. Enriches the command line interface environment with sane defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, and prompt themes.
Dries's dotfiles (猸1.8k) Simplified approach to dotfiles for macOS Zsh, Oh My Zsh, macOS, Homebrew, Mackup
sobolevn's dotfiles (猸551) Dotfiles for the developer happiness Zsh, Brew, Sublime, Python, Node, Elixir


Title Description Focus
oh-my-fish (猸9.1k) Community Fish framework. Includes many plugins and themes, with installation, auto-update, and scaffolding tools.
Paul's dotfiles (猸4k) Abundant dotfiles with a plethora of cool custom functions Fish, macOS, Homebrew, Custom Shell functions
rkalis's dotfiles (猸214) Well-maintained dotfiles featuring Fish, repository management and Hammerspoon Fish, macOS, Homebrew, Repository management, Hammerspoon


Title Description Focus
.dots (猸63) New and upgraded dotfiles, now with Ansible! Completely automated desktop setup, configuration and maintenance using Ansible
sloria's dotfiles (猸137) sloria's dotfiles as Ansible roles Sets up a full local development environment with a single command




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