I'm trying to setup a multiple line PS1, for zsh, but \n doesn't was parsed by zsh,

PS1="%~\n %> "

How should I set it up?

secondline "


PS1=$'Hi Joe,\nwhat now?%# '

Taken from FAQ, item 3.13


Use $'\n'

For example,

PROMPT="firstline"$'\n'"secondline "


PROMPT="firstline${NEWLINE}secondline "
  • Worked just like I needed it too. – Justin May 12 '15 at 17:09
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    using NEWLINE makes it a lot easier to edit the prompt – cmcginty Dec 12 '15 at 3:20
  • What's the difference between PS1 and PROMPT variable? – Didier A. Feb 26 '16 at 2:26
  • @DidierA. PROMPT, and PROMPT2-4 are aliases of PS1-4 respectively, except that the PROMPT aliases "[do] not exist when the shell initializes in sh or ksh emulation mode." – Victor Oct 27 '17 at 10:43

Like this (I know, looks awkward):

 %> "

I know this is an old question, but I was looking for this as well. If you load prompinit (autoload -Uz promptinit && promptinit) you get the option for free: $prompt_newline which is $'\n%{\r%}'.

On a Debian system you can find the source code in /usr/share/zsh/functions/Prompts/promptinit and/or https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh/blob/master/Functions/Prompts/promptinit

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