Installing Powerline in Ubuntu 18.04

Powerline is a “statusline plugin for vim, and provides statuslines and prompts for several other applications, including zsh, bash, fish, tmux, IPython, Awesome, i3 and Qtile”. It looks this cool (this is the most simply form):

Poweline for Bash

 

In combination with ZSH, it becomes an extremely powerful -and beautiful- tool.

To quickly install just Powerline for the bash:

sudo apt install powerline powerline-fonts

Add the following at the end of ~/.bashrc:

# Powerline
if [ -f /usr/share/powerline/bindings/bash/powerline.sh ]; then
  powerline-daemon -q
  POWERLINE_BASH_CONTINUATION=1
  POWERLINE_BASH_SELECT=1
  source /usr/share/powerline/bindings/bash/powerline.sh
fi

Sorting the fonts:

mkdir -p ~/.fonts
wget https://github.com/powerline/fonts/raw/master/LiberationMono/Literation%20Mono%20Powerline.ttf -O ~/.fonts/Liberation\ Mono\ Powerline.ttf
wget https://github.com/powerline/fonts/raw/master/LiberationMono/Literation%20Mono%20Powerline%20Bold.ttf -O ~/.fonts/Liberation\ Mono\ Powerline\ Bold.ttf
wget https://github.com/powerline/fonts/raw/master/LiberationMono/Literation%20Mono%20Powerline%20Italic.ttf -O ~/.fonts/Liberation\ Mono\ Powerline\ Italic.ttf
wget https://github.com/powerline/fonts/raw/master/LiberationMono/Literation%20Mono%20Powerline%20Bold%20Italic.ttf -O ~/.fonts/Liberation\ Mono\ Powerline\ Bold\ Italic.ttf
fc-cache -vf ~/.fonts

Now, reload the terminal:

source ~/.bashrc

Done!

2 Replies to “Installing Powerline in Ubuntu 18.04”

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for your topic !
    powerline-fonts does not exist in officials repo

    see an extract (in french, sorry)

    “`fpicard  ~  cat /etc/*release*
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=18.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=bionic
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS”
    NAME=”Ubuntu”
    VERSION=”18.04.1 LTS (Bionic Beaver)”
    ID=ubuntu
    ID_LIKE=debian
    PRETTY_NAME=”Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS”
    VERSION_ID=”18.04″
    HOME_URL=”https://www.ubuntu.com/”
    SUPPORT_URL=”https://help.ubuntu.com/”
    BUG_REPORT_URL=”https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/”
    PRIVACY_POLICY_URL=”https://www.ubuntu.com/legal/terms-and-policies/privacy-policy”
    VERSION_CODENAME=bionic
    UBUNTU_CODENAME=bionic
     fpicard  ~  sudo apt install powerline-fonts
    Lecture des listes de paquets… Fait
    Construction de l’arbre des dépendances
    Lecture des informations d’état… Fait
    E: Impossible de trouver le paquet powerline-fonts
    fpicard  ~ “`

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