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Zsh IMproved FrameWork

What is Zim?

Zim is a Zsh configuration framework with blazing speed and modular extensions.

Zim is very easy to customize, and comes with a rich set of modules and features without compromising on speed or functionality!

What does Zim offer?

If you're here, it means you want to see the cool shit Zim can do. Check out the available modules!

Below is a brief showcase of Zim's features.


For a speed comparison between Zim and other frameworks, see this wiki entry.


To preview some of the available themes, check the themes wiki page.

Fish-shell history navigation


Syntax highlighting


And much more!

Zim has many modules! Enable as many or as few as you'd like.


Installing Zim is easy:

  • With curl:

    curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/zimfw/install/develop/install.zsh | zsh
  • With wget:

    wget -nv -O - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/zimfw/install/develop/install.zsh | zsh

Open a new terminal and you're done! Enjoy your Zsh IMproved! Take some time to read about the available modules and tweak your .zshrc file.

If you have a different shell framework installed (like oh-my-zsh or prezto), uninstall those first to prevent conflicts.

Manual installation

  1. Start a Zsh shell

  2. Set Zsh as the default shell:

    chsh -s =zsh
  3. Copy https://raw.githubusercontent.com/zimfw/zimfw/develop/zimfw.zsh to ~/.zim/zimfw.zsh.

  4. Add the lines in the following templates to the respective dot files:

  5. Install the modules defined in ~/.zimrc and build the static initialization script:

    source ~/.zim/zimfw.zsh install



Add zmodule calls to your ~/.zimrc file to define the modules to be initialized. The modules are initialized in the same order they are defined. Add:

zmodule <url> [-n|--name <module_name>] [options]

where <url> is the required repository URL or path. The following formats are equivalent: name, zimfw/name, https://github.com/zimfw/name.git.

By default, the module name is the last component in the <url>. Use the -n|--name <module_name> option to set a custom module name.

Repository options

  • -b|--branch <branch_name>: Use specified branch when installing and updating the module. Overrides the tag option. Default: master.
  • -t|--tag <tag_name>: Use specified tag when installing and updating the module. Overrides the branch option.
  • -z|--frozen: Don't install or update the module.

Initialization options

  • -f|--fpath <path>: Add specified path to fpath. The path is relative to the module root directory. Default: functions, if the subdirectory exists.
  • -a|--autoload <function_name>: Autoload specified function. Default: all valid names inside the module's specified fpath paths.
  • -s|--source <file_path>: Source specified file. The file path is relative to the module root directory. Default: the file with largest size matching {init.zsh|module_name.{zsh|plugin.zsh|zsh-theme|sh}}, if any exists.
  • -d|--disabled: Don't use or clean the module.


Added new modules to ~/.zimrc? Run:

zimfw install

Removed modules from ~/.zimrc? Run:

zimfw uninstall

Want to update your modules to their latest revisions? Run:

zimfw update

Want to upgrade ~/.zim/zimfw.zsh to the latest version? Run:

zimfw upgrade

For more information about the zimfw tool, run zimfw with no parameters.


The best way to remove Zim is to manually delete ~/.zim, ~/.zimrc, and remove the initialization lines from your ~/.zshrc and ~/.zlogin.