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Awesome dotfiles

A curated list of dotfiles resources. Inspired by the awesome list thing.




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Find dotfiles repos

There are many great dotfiles repos out there, each containing their own inspiration and gems. I think one of the best ways to go through them is by searching 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/or including scripts to manage dotfiles/plugins.


Bash itCommunity bash framework.Autocompletion, themes, aliases, custom functions. Well-structured framework.
Mathias’s dotfilesSensible hacker defaults for macOSLots of goodness here, great collaborative community effort.
Maximum AwesomeConfig files for vim and tmuxVim, tmux. Built for Mac OS X.
dev-setupMac OS X development environment setupExtensive setup of developer tools on OS X.
webpro's dotfilesmacOS dotfilesBash, Homebrew, Brew Cask, Git, Node.js, Hammerspoon.
Overbryd's dotfilesmacOS 0-100 bootstrapmacOS defaults, Bash, Homebrew, Casks, Git, Vim
rootbeersoup's dotfilesEffortless Bash, Vim and macOS configurationA curl | sh installer and a Makefile offer portable and effortless setup for either permanent or temporary configuration.


thoughtbot dotfilesSet of vim, zsh, git, and tmux configuration filesZsh, vim, tmux, git, homebrew. Uses rcm.
oh-my-zshCommunity-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration.Includes 200+ optional plugins (rails, git, OSX, hub, capistrano, brew, ant, php, python, etc), over 140 themes to spice up your morning, and an auto-update tool.
PreztoThe configuration framework for Zsh.Enriches the command line interface environment with sane defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, and prompt themes.
YADRThe best vim, git, zsh plugins and the cleanest vimrc you've ever seenHomebrew, zsh, git, vim, and more. Active repository.
holman does dotfilesholman does dotfilesOrganized well around topics. Author wants it to work for everyone.
antigenPlugin manager for zsh, inspired by oh-my-zsh and vundle.Antigen is a small set of functions that help you easily manage your shell (zsh) plugins. Antigen is to zsh, what Vundle is to vim.
Dries's dotfilesSimplified approach to dotfiles for macOSZsh, Oh My Zsh, macOS, Homebrew, Mackup
sobolevn's dotfilesDotfiles for the developer happinessZsh, Brew, Sublime, Python, Node, Elixir


oh-my-fishCommunity Fish framework.Includes many plugins and themes, with installation, auto-update, and scaffolding tools.
Paul's dotfilesAbundant dotfiles with a plethora of cool custom functionsFish, macOS, Homebrew, Custom Shell functions
rkalis's dotfilesWell-maintained dotfiles featuring Fish, repository management and HammerspoonFish, macOS, Homebrew, Repository management, Hammerspoon


  • Ansible - Radically simple configuration-management, application deployment, task-execution, and multinode orchestration engine.
  • chezmoi - Manage your dotfiles securely across multiple machines.
  • dotbot - Tool that bootstraps your dotfiles.
  • dotdrop - Save your dotfiles once, deploy them everywhere.
  • dotfiles - Tool to make managing your dotfile symlinks in $HOME easy.
  • Ellipsis - A package manager for dotfiles.
  • fresh - Keep your dotfiles fresh. Fresh is a tool to source shell configuration (aliases, functions, etc) from others into your own configuration files.
  • GNU Stow - Symlink farm manager which takes distinct packages of software and/or data located in separate directories on the filesystem, and makes them appear to be installed in the same place.
  • homeshick - Git dotfile synchronizer written in Bash.
  • homesick - Your home directory is your castle. Don't leave your dotfiles behind (article).
  • mackup - Keep your application settings in sync (OS X/Linux).
  • rcm - rc file (dotfile) management
  • SaltStack - Intelligent orchestration for the software-defined data center (article).
  • themer - Manage and generate themes across your development tools from within your dotfiles.
  • vcsh - Version Control System for $HOME, multiple Git repositories in $HOME.
  • yadm - Tool for managing a collection of files across multiple computers, using a shared Git repository and some additional features.


  • Cider - Hassle-free bootstrapping with Homebrew.
  • dockutil - Command line tool for managing dock items
  • mas - Mac App Store command line interface


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