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10 Best Free and Open Source Zsh Configuration Frameworks

Zsh is a Unix shell that can be used as an interactive login shell and as a command interpreter for shell scripting.

Zsh has many strengths such as interactive tab completion, regex integration, automated file searching, advanced shorthand for defining command scope, and a very rich theme engine.

We highly recommend installing a framework with Zsh as it makes dealing with configuration, plugins and themes a lot more straightforward. Frameworks are essentially collections of plugins and themes, which you can enable very easily, without needing to manually configure and make everything work together.

This article recommends our favorite Zsh configuration frameworks. We’ve captured our verdict in a LinuxLinks-style rating chart.

Ratings chart for Zsh Configuration Frameworks

Let’s explore the configuration frameworks in detail. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description including features, together with links to relevant resources.

Zsh Configuration Frameworks
Oh My ZshHugely popular community-driven framework
PreztoEnrichs the command line interface environment
sheldonFast, configurable shell plugin manager
ZapMinimal Zsh plugin manager
zgenLightweight plugin manager for Zsh
ZiSwiss Army Knife for Zsh
ZimUseful modules, themes, and customizability
ZinitFlexible and fast Zshell plugin manager
ZnapEasy-to-use tools for Zsh
zplugPlugin manager for Zsh
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