I am currently using Zsh + Prezto for my scripting shell configuration. I have been using the sorin theme but am a little dissatisfied with it. I'd like to switch to the paradox theme!

It is supposed to look like this:


I'm having some trouble doing that. When I switch to the theme, the symbols aren't able to load, so I get a prompt that looks like this:


Notice the boxed question marks where there should be an edge border for the background or a branch symbol for the git branch. (Take a look at the paradox theme preview here).

I've seen here that I should install Powerline patched fonts for the symbols to load in correctly. However, as I'm somewhat unfamiliar with the process, I would love some help installing it into my Linux machine.

In the documentation, it notes I should install via pip. When I run pip install --user powerline-status, my prompt is still unable to display the symbols the way it should look.

What else must I do, after running the installation, to display this prompt correctly?

I am using a MacBook Pro with El Capitan


I've just done it for myself, do the following :

Run ./install.sh to install all Powerline Fonts then go to your terminal prefences, change the non-ascii fonts by 'Anonymous Pro'.

Reload your terminal to be sure changes are acknowledged by your system, then just try this command : echo "\ue0b0 \u00b1 \ue0a0 \u27a6 \u2718 \u26a1 \u2699", you should get the following : enter image description here

Enjoy your new prompt

  • I have a similar issue, the arrows are not appearing. Can you tell me where you run the install.sh and where to find Anonymous Pro (I couldn't find it in my iterm) – AKFourSeven Jan 5 '16 at 14:06
  • Ok I managed to find out the answers, by downloading the powerline font on github (github.com/powerline/fonts) you then run the sh and proceed as you said and everything works like a charm, thnak you!! – AKFourSeven Jan 5 '16 at 14:48
  • Glad to hear your issue is solved, please upvote my answer if it helped you ;) – malikba Jan 5 '16 at 17:10
  • yep forgot to do that sorry !! – AKFourSeven Jan 6 '16 at 9:49

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