Install and configure iTerm2

  1. Download iTerm2 from
  2. Double click the downloaded ZIP file to extract the application,
  3. Move the iTerm application to Applications.

iTerm2 configuration

Install Oh My Zsh

Oh My Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration.

  • Install it with
    sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"

More info at

Use .bashrc for configuration

When you start iTerm, it reads its own config file, ~/.zshrc To keep using the standard ~/.bashrc config file

  • Add this to the end of the ~/.zshrc file:
    source ~/.bashrc

Enable unlimited scroll back

  1. Start iTerm2 and open the preferences window by pressing ⌘, (command-comma)
  2. On the Profiles, Terminal tab click the Unlimited scrollback check box.

Set the highlight color

By default the highlighted text just a little different from the rest. When we search for something, it is hard to notice the found text.

To change the highlighted text color

  1. Start iTerm
  2. In the iTemr2 menu select Preferences…
  3. On the Profiles, Colors tab set the color of the Selection to red, and Selected Text to black.

To start iTerm2 from Finder

This is configured automatically when you install iTerm:

  1. Open Finder and navigate to the location you want to work in,
  2. Right click a folder to work in that folder or a file to work in the current folder
  3. Select ServicesiTerm2 in Finder

 Meslo Powerline font

  • Import the Meslo Powerline font with the following bash command:
    git clone && cd fonts && ./
  • Select the font in iTerm2
    • Press ⌘, (command-comma) to open the Preferences window
    • Select Profiles
    • On the Font section of the Text tab click the Change Font button
    • Select the “Meslo LG L for Powerline”, “Regular”, “12pt”

Make the prompt shorter

to remove your username@computername from the prompt

  • Edit the ~/.bashrc file
  • Add the following line

Colored prompt

To color the prompt:

  • Make sure Oh My Zsh is installed as described above
  • Edit the ~/.bashrc file and set the ZSH_THEME to ZSH_THEME=”agnoster”

More configuration suggestions are at

Information on how terminals read settings at

Not necessary anymore, for reference only

Set case-insensitive tab completion. This is the default, not necessary.

Add these lines to the ~/.zshrc file

# Set case insensitive comparison when lower case letters are typed.
# Upper case typed letters only match upper case file names
zstyle ':completion:*' matcher-list 'm:{a-z}={A-Za-z}'
autoload -Uz compinit && compinit

“Solarized” color scheme is already installed, these steps are not necessary anymore

  1. Download the color scheme to the Desktop with the following Bash command:
    curl -o ~/Desktop/solarized.itermcolors
  2. Import the color scheme to iTerm2
    • Press ⌘, (command-comma) to open the Preferences window
    • Select Profiles
    • In the lower right corner of the Colors tab click the Color Presets… drop down
    • Select Import
    • On the Desktop select the downloaded solarized.itermcolors file
    • In the  Color Presets… drop down select Solarized Dark

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  1. Hi, i run c, c++ and java in vim(iTerm2) or emacs, the problem I have is that none of the codes wait for user input then necessery, it doesn’t happen in IDEs. I cannot find answer to this problem. Can you help…

    1. Hi Rob,

      I personally never experienced this, maybe someone has a suggestion…


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