Hello and welcome to my tutorial on how to further customize your iTerm. This tutorial follows my previous tutorial on how to customize the colors and background of iTerm to make it more visually pleasing.
In this tutorial we are going to change our prompt to have an emoji instead of a dollar sign ($), which can be seen in the following screenshot.
When we left off in the last tutorial we ended up with a terminal window similar to this:
Let’s do that change thing!
The first thing you’re going to want to do is open your
bash profile. I’m also assuming you have one made already
are, at least, mildly aware that it exists. Open up iTerm
and navigate to your root directory. If terminal hasn’t
opened in your root directory the easiest way to get
there is to type
cd in and push enter.
From your root directory, open up your bash profile in
Text Edit, the built in Apple text editor. The simple way
to do this is to type:
in your terminal. You should get something like the
In this file you’re going to look for
\$. For me it was
at the bottom of the file. You can also find it doing a
Once you find it, highlight the leading escape
$. Then open up the Apple special characters
^ ⌘ Space or by finding it at the bottom of
the edit menu.
This will open up the built Apple menu with special characters and emoji. Here you can select any emoji you’d like, but, obviously, pizza is the best emoji and it’ll be the one I’ll be selecting.
Your bash profile should now have your emoji in it!
I highly recommend adding a space or two after the
emoji, otherwise you may end typing inside the emoji.
Also, the reason I recommend using Apple’s TextEdit is because if you ended up using Atom or another text editor, you’re emoji might end up look like the following:
Open a new tab or iTerm window and it should look as awesome as this: