Awesome dotfiles

A curated list of dotfiles resources. Inspired by the awesome list thing.




Shell startup

Using GNU Stow

Using vcsh & mr

Using Ansible

Dotfiles repos

A collection of the most popular, well-maintained, and collaborative dotfiles repositories & frameworks. Some projects contain just the dotfiles. Others go further by allowing you to easily add your own custom dotfiles, and/or including scripts to manage dotfiles/plugins.


Title Description Focus
Bashstrap Bootstrap for your terminal. A quick way to spruce up OSX terminal. OS X Terminal, prompt, iTerm.
Bash it Community bash framework. Autocompletion, themes, aliases, custom functions. Well-structured framework.
Mathias’s dotfiles .files, including ~/.osx — sensible hacker defaults for OS X Lots of goodness here, great collaborative community effort.
Maximum Awesome Config files for vim and tmux, by Square vimsters. Vim, tmux. Built for Mac OS X.


Title Description Focus
thoughtbot dotfiles Set of vim, zsh, git, and tmux configuration files Zsh, vim, tmux, git, homebrew. Uses rcm.
oh-my-zsh Community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration. Includes 120+ optional plugins (rails, git, OSX, hub, capistrano, brew, ant, macports, etc), over 120 themes to spice up your morning, and an auto-update tool.
Prezto Prezto is the configuration framework for Zsh. Enriches the command line interface environment with sane defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, and prompt themes.
YADR The best vim, git, zsh plugins and the cleanest vimrc you've ever seen Homebrew, zsh, git, vim, and more. Active repository.
holman does dotfiles holman does dotfiles Organized well around topics. Author wants it to work for everyone.
antigen Plugin manager for zsh, inspired by oh-my-zsh and vundle. Antigen is a small set of functions that help you easily manage your shell (zsh) plugins, called bundles.
Eduardo's dotfiles The first JavaScript-based dotfiles powered by Grunt. Zsh, Node.js, Ruby, OS X defaults. Installable from npm.

There are many more great dotfiles repos out there, each containing their own inspiration and gems.

Tip: search for a filename on GitHub, e.g. .gitconfig.