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This page covers items to setup my terminal on Windows.

The terminal I use is powershell running on windows terminal installed using winget.

I customize the terminal using oh-my-posh, and install font and theme.


One thing I'd like to highlight before going any further is about $PROFILE file. It's the powershell init config file like ~/.bashrc and ~/.zshrc. The file location can be confirmed by echo $PROFILE.


Here is what I have as of Feb 2024.

# utf-i
[Console]::OutputEncoding = [System.Text.Encoding]::GetEncoding('utf-8')

# aws

# alias
set-alias posh oh-my-posh
set-alias v nvim
set-alias grep select-string
set-alias vim nvim
set-alias less 'c:\program files\git\usr\bin\less.exe'
set-alias ll ls
set-alias which get-command
function git-status { git status }
set-alias -name gs -value git-status
function ls-simple { get-childitem | format-wide }
set-alias -name l -value ls-simple

# replace cd
rm Alias:cd
function cd
    if ($args.Length -gt 0)
        Set-Location $args[0]
        Set-Location $HOME

# oh-my-posh
oh-my-posh init pwsh --config 'C:\Users\{username_here}\AppData\Local\Programs\oh-my-posh\themes\takuya.omp.json' | Invoke-Expression

echo ""
echo "See `$PROFILE file for the start-up script (run cat `$PROFILE)."
echo "Run winget list and winget upgrade (--all, --include-unknown) to manage packages using winget."
echo "Run scoop list and scoop update (-a) to manage packages using scoop."
echo "Run python -m pip list (-o to check outdated) and install -U to check and upgrade packages."
echo ""


And one more thing to highlight is about environment variable.

Run dir env: to print available ones. See powershell document for more information.

To see USERNAME environment variable, run $env:username.

Windows Terminal

[[Windows Terminal]]

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.


First get [[Winget]] to install windows terminal. Winget is the package manager for Windows, and is part of App Installer. Go ahead and install App Installer first.

Windows Package Manager winget command-line tool is available on Windows 11 and modern versions of Windows 10 as a part of the App Installer.

After the installation is complete, winget command is available on powershell terminal.

Basic usage:

  • winget search terminal
  • winget install Microsoft.WindowsTerminal
  • winget uninstall Microsoft.WindowsTerminal
  • winget list
  • winget upgrade
  • winget upgrade --all --include-unknown
  • winget --help
  • winget install Microsoft.WindowsTerminal

install windows terminal using winget

Launch powershell and run winget search terminal to find the right package. winget install Microsoft.WindowsTerminal to actually install one. Make sure the package source is labeled as "winget".

Run wt to run. Windows-key + R, then wt will work, and typing wt on powershell will also work.

customizing windows terminal

A good guide by Microsoft is available here.

  1. install theme engine
  2. install font
  3. install color scheme


Install oh-my-posh, a theme engine using winget.

A prompt theme engine for any shell.

# install
winget install JanDeDobbeleer.OhMyPosh -s Winget

# update
winget upgrade JanDeDobbeleer.OhMyPosh -s winget

# modify execution policy as needed
set-executionpolicy remotesigned


Install font using oh-my-posh command. This must run on admin powershell. Install Nerd Font.

Nerd Fonts patches developer targeted fonts with a high number of glyphs (icons). Specifically to add a high number of extra glyphs from popular ‘iconic fonts’ such as Font Awesome, Devicons, Octicons, and others.

oh-my-posh font install Meslo
oh-my-posh font install Noto

Navigate to settings > powershell > appearance > font face, and select a font.

posh theme

# theme folder location

# theme showcase on powershell
# this command also shows instruction on how to apply the theme

Edit $PROFILE file to set oh-my-posh theme when launching terminal.

oh-my-posh init pwsh --config "$env:POSH_THEMES_PATH\takuya.omp.json" | Invoke-Expression

color scheme

Search for "Cattpuccin Frappe" and click "Get theme" to copy color scheme json to clipboard. Navigate to settings > color scheme, and find "open json file" button on bottom left, click open to edit the color scheme file. Add the copied json in schemes list, and the file should look something like this.

And once the file is updated, navigate to settings > powershell > appearance > color scheme, and select added color scheme.

            "cyan": "#008080",
            "foreground": "#C0C0C0",
            "green": "#008000",
            "name": "Vintage",
            "purple": "#800080",
            "red": "#800000",
            "selectionBackground": "#FFFFFF",
            "white": "#C0C0C0",
            "yellow": "#808000"
            "background": "#303446",
            "black": "#51576D",
            "blue": "#8CAAEE",
            "brightBlack": "#626880",
            "brightBlue": "#8CAAEE",
            "brightCyan": "#81C8BE",
            "brightGreen": "#A6D189",
            "brightPurple": "#F4B8E4",
            "brightRed": "#E78284",
            "brightWhite": "#A5ADCE",
            "brightYellow": "#E5C890",
            "cursorColor": "#F2D5CF",
            "cyan": "#81C8BE",
            "foreground": "#C6D0F5",
            "green": "#A6D189",
            "name": "catppuccin-frappe",
            "purple": "#F4B8E4",
            "red": "#E78284",
            "selectionBackground": "#626880",
            "white": "#B5BFE2",
            "yellow": "#E5C890"
    "startOnUserLogin": true,
    "theme": "dark",
    "themes": []


A command-line installer for Windows

Quick installation commamnds:

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser
Invoke-RestMethod -Uri | Invoke-Expression

How to use scoop:

  • scoop --help
  • scoop list
  • scoop update
  • scoop update -a

I have things like 7zip, curl, jq, nodejs, neovim, gcc, and etc. installed using scoop before I setup WSL2.