With more than 43,000 stars, Oh My Zsh is the most popular productivity tool showcased on GitHub. This open source framework for managing a Z shell configuration is aimed at developers working with the command line.
“What I did was [put] together a collection of some scripts and shortcuts and tools I’ve collected for a couple years and put them together into an organized framework,” Oh My Zsh creator Robby Russell said.
Oh My Zsh now has more than 1,000 contributors and includes more than 200 optional plugins for Rails, Git, Brew, PHP, Python, and other technologies.
“Once installed, your terminal shell will become the talk of the town or your money back,” says Oh My Zsh’s documentation, tongue in cheek, as the tool is free. Users can choose from roughly 140 themes for customizing their CLI, including various colors and organization options. Dating back to 2009, Oh My Zsh requires OS X or Linux and Zsh 4.3.9 or a more recent version.
“It basically took me about two days to write the first version,” Russell says. A big focus has been on keeping it simple for people new to working in a command-line environment, but there is always room for improvements in performance. Russell, who works for web developer Planet Argon, is seeking additional maintainers for the project.