Where is .zshrc file located in macOS


If you are using the Zsh shell, the default shell for macOS Big Sur and trying to locate the .zshrc file, you must first know that this file is not created by default, you need to create one, if you think you already created one and want to locate it, here is how you can do that,

  1. Open Spotlight Search,
  2. Type Terminal and open it,
  3. Now type cd ~ to move to your user folder,
  4. Type ls -a, to see all the files,
  5. You should be able to see the .zshrc file, if not you do not have it

You can type just one command to view the files content,

% cat ~/.zshrc

If the file is not present you will get below error!

cat: /Users/code2care/.zshrc: No such file or directory
Location of zshrc fie macOS
Location of zshrc fie macOS

The best way to create this file is by command nano ~/.zshrc

✌️I changed the prompt of Zsh from % to an emoji: 🦋, if you would like to do something similar follow the article: https://code2care.org/zsh/how-to-set-an-emoji-as-zsh-terminal-prompt-macos