Awesome Dotfiles Awesome

A curated list of dotfiles resources. Inspired by the awesome list thing. Note that some articles or tools may look old or old-fashioned, but this usually means they're battle-tested and mature (like dotfiles themselves). Feel free to propose new articles, projects or tools!




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Using specific tools

Find dotfiles repos

There are many great dotfiles repos out there, each containing their own inspiration and gems. One way to go through them is to search GitHub for "dotfiles".

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Example 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 some include scripts to manage dotfiles and plugins.


Title Description Focus
Bash it Community bash framework. Autocompletion, themes, aliases, custom functions. Well-structured framework
Mathias’s dotfiles Sensible hacker defaults for macOS 🔧 .files, including ~/.macos — sensible hacker defaults for macOS
webpro's dotfiles macOS dotfiles Bash, Homebrew, Brew Cask, Git, Node.js, Hammerspoon.
rootbeersoup's dotfiles Effortless Bash, Vim and macOS configuration A curl | sh installer and a Makefile offer portable and effortless setup for either permanent or temporary configuration.


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. Oh My Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your Zsh configuration
Prezto The configuration framework for Zsh. Enriches the command line interface environment with sane defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, and prompt themes.
Dries's dotfiles Simplified approach to dotfiles for macOS Zsh, Oh My Zsh, macOS, Homebrew, Mackup
sobolevn's dotfiles Dotfiles for the developer happiness macOS, zsh, brew, vscode, codespaces, python, node, elixir
yutkat's dotfiles Well-maintained dotfiles that use CI to test and measure startup speeds. Zsh, Neovim, Wezterm, swaywm working on Arch/Ubuntu/Fedora Linux.
Luke's voidrice My dotfiles (deployed by LARBS) Zsh, vim/nvim, zsf


Title Description Focus
oh-my-fish The Fish Shell Framework Core infrastructure to allow you to install packages to extend/modify your shell
Paul's dotfiles paul's fish, bash, git, etc config files. good stuff. Fish, macOS, Homebrew, Custom Shell functions
rkalis's dotfiles Well-maintained dotfiles featuring Fish, repository management and Hammerspoon Fish, macOS, Homebrew, Repository management, Hammerspoon


Title Description Focus
.dots New and upgraded dotfiles, now with Ansible! Completely automated desktop setup, configuration and maintenance using Ansible
sloria's dotfiles sloria's dotfiles as Ansible roles Sets up a full local development environment with a single command




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