Powerline is a statusline plugin for Vim, and provides statuslines and prompts for several other applications, including zsh, bash, tmux, IPython, Awesome, i3 and Qtile.
Add the following to your ~/.bashrc:
powerline-daemon -q POWERLINE_BASH_CONTINUATION=1 POWERLINE_BASH_SELECT=1 . /usr/share/powerline/bindings/bash/powerline.sh
Close and reopen your terminal and it should be working. If not, check the Powerline bash prompt usage instructions to ensure that it has not changed.
You can also enter:
if you don't want to close and re-open your terminal.
Add the following to your ~/.zshrc:
powerline-daemon -q . /usr/share/powerline/bindings/zsh/powerline.zsh
ZSH_THEME="oh-my-zsh theme"line in your ~/.zshrc. Similarly if you're using grml-zsh-config, don't forget to insert
prompt offbefore the above addition.
Add the following to your ~/.tmux.conf:
let g:powerline_pycmd="py"to your
/usr/share/vim/vimfiles/plugin, which vim is configured to check by default, meaning this will install Powerline in vim for all users and may require additional configuration. If this is not intended, consider either using a vim plugin manager, or installing the package and adding
set rtp+=/usr/share/powerline/bindings/vimto your
The official Powerline documentation refers to
powerline_root, which for Arch Linux is the following:
To customize Powerline, copy a default configuration to
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/powerline/.... Then edit the file to your liking.
Example to customize Powerline for tmux:
$ mkdir -p ~/.config/powerline/themes/tmux/ $ cp /usr/lib/python3.9/site-packages/powerline/config_files/themes/tmux/default.json ~/.config/powerline/themes/tmux/default.json
- Install from the official repositories
- Please refer to the Powerline installation guide for additional python-pip instructions
Using a vim plugin manager
There are many vim plugin managers available which are able to install and update Powerline, assuming you are using a version of vim with Python support or you install AUR, add the following to your
call plug#begin('path/to/vim/plugins/directory') Plug 'powerline/powerline' call plug#end()
path/to/vim/plugins/directory with the actual directory, such as
~/.local/share/nvim/plugged for Neovim, and run the vim-plug command
:PlugInstall within vim. This will download Powerline from the Powerline GitHub page to the specified plugin directory and add it to vim.
A reduced set of fonts for the text console are available inAUR.
There is currently one known alternative to Powerline - Vim-airline. It is a part of and can be installed separately as . Optionally, install .
Fonts: glyphs missing
If you installed locale is set. Restart your session to see the changes.but you notice missing glyphs, make sure your