How to set an emoji as Zsh terminal prompt in macOS


Custom Zsh Prompt macOS
Custom Zsh Prompt macOS

It would be so much fun to update the Zsh Shell default prompt from a % sign to something that you like, say an unicode emoji? Well this is possible, all you need to do is set the PROMPT variable in .zshrc file.

By default the .zshrc profile file is not available on macOS, you need to create it, try the below command, it will create the file for you if does not exists.

% nano ~/.zshrc

This will open up the file in nano editor, just add the below lines at the start of the file,

PROMPT='
 🦋 '
Adding custom Prompt to zshrc file
Adding custom Prompt to zshrc file

Now press Ctrl + X to exit and Y to save, and press Enter. Now to reflect these updates, you run the below command,

% source ~/.zshrc

Thats it! You should see the butterfly emoji now as the new Zsh prompt.