This blog post is simply capturing all of the command lines executed for installing zsh on your raspberry pi. These commands were lifted from the urban penguin’s youtube video on zsh pimping your raspberry pi. Watch his video for a full explanation of what each of these command lines does, he explains them far better than I could.

  1. (Optional) sudo apt-get update (update your apt-get cache)
  2. sudo apt-get install zsh
  3. chsh -s $(which zsh)
  4. zsh (optionally, you can log out and log back in to see the new shell's effect)
  5. prompt -l
  6. prompt adam2 (he shuffles through a number of different prompts at this point)
  7. CDPATH="/usr/:/var/" (later this is placed in the ~/.zshrc file)<.li>
  8. cd log
  9. You can find more of his videos on He doesn't cover this in the video, but I would recommend next installing oh-my-zsh as it provides a lot of extra features and themes on top of the base zsh shell.