Install ZSH and ZSH Autosuggestions on Ubuntu Server

When managing an Ubuntu Server, it is essential to equip oneself with the right tools and understand how to use them effectively. One tool that significantly enhances the command-line experience is known as ZSH, paired with ZSH Autosuggestions. This guide will show you how to Install ZSH and ZSH Autosuggestions on Ubuntu Server for a more interactive and productivity-centered usage.

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What is ZSH?

Zsh, or Z Shell, is an extended variant of Bourne Shell that comprises several improvements, including but not limited to, better auto-completions, command-line correction, and an extensive scripting language. When paired with Zsh Autosuggestions, it starts providing suggestions as you type, based on your command history.

Getting Started: Installing ZSH on Ubuntu Server

Before we start, ensure that your server’s package lists are up-to-date by running the command:

sudo apt update

Then, you can install ZSH using the command:

sudo apt install zsh

Once the process is complete, verify your ZSH installation by executing:

zsh --version

This should output the version number of the ZSH installed in your system.

Making ZSH Your Default Shell

To further optimize your command-line experience, it’s recommended to make ZSH your default shell. Use the command:

chsh -s $(which zsh)
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Then, log out and log back in to make these changes active.

Installing ZSH Autosuggestions

Now that ZSH is your default, we can move on to install ZSH Autosuggestions:

Clone the ZSH-Autosuggestions repository into your ZSH custom plugins directory:

git clone ~/.zsh/zsh-autosuggestions
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Next, open your ZSH configuration file with:

nano ~/.zshrc

Locate and modify the ‘plugins’ line as follows:

source ~/.zsh/zsh-autosuggestions/zsh-autosuggestions.zsh
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Save and exit your editor (CTRL+X for nano), and then source your .zshrc:

source ~/.zshrc

With this, you should now have ZSH Autosuggestions working.

Fine-tuning Your ZSH Experience

To further improve and customize your ZSH experience, you can install and utilize Oh My Zsh, a framework for managing your ZSH configuration.

For an optimized terminal experience on Windows, you can also explore Windows Terminal and WSL2. You can find a practical guide on how to install WSL2 with Windows Terminal here.

Wrapping Up

Mastering command-line tools goes a long way in enhancing your productivity when managing an Ubuntu Server. By learning how to install ZSH and ZSH Autosuggestions on Ubuntu Server, you make a significant leap towards an efficient, streamlined, and interactive command-line experience. Happy coding!

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