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⚙️ Startify


A plugin that aims at providing what mhinz/vim-startify plugin does but in Zsh. The analogy isn't fully easy to make. vim-startify states - it provides dynamically created headers or footers and uses configurable lists to show recently used or bookmarked files and persistent sessions.


  • Shows recently used files if used by a shell-util command, with the name of the command(s)
  • Shows recently used vim files
  • Show active tmux sessions
  • Show statistics of the most popular aliases in use
  • Show recently visited projects e.g: git repositories, and directories with:
    • Makefile, CMakeLists.txt, configure script
  • Very advanced feature, inherited from zsh-startify's predecessor: z-shell/zaccumulator plugin
  • Show recently ran git commands, with analysis of e.g. recently checked-out branches
  • Can cooperate with any bookmarking plugins to show their bookmarks

Quick start

zsh-startify accumulates data in its history file. To pre-fill it quickly with a few entries (based on the regular history) you can run the __from-zhistory-accumulate command.

Zstyles for Startify

The zstyles used to configure the plugin (add such commands anywhere in the zshrc):

zstyle ":plugin:zsh-startify:shellutils" size 5  # The size of the recently used file list (default: 5)
zstyle ":plugin:zsh-startify:vim" size 5 # The size of the recently opened in Vim list (default: 5)

Install Zsh Startify

The Standard install loads the plugin synchronously, at the time of execution of the zi load … command. The turbo mode loads asynchronously, 0 seconds after the prompt is first displayed.

Standard syntax without turbo mode.

zi ice atload'zsh-startify'
zi load z-shell/zsh-startify