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The standard initialization sets Oh My Posh' default theme. This configuration is downloaded and kept up-to-date with Oh My Posh' version every time the shell starts.

To set a new config/theme you need to change the --config option of the oh-my-posh init <shell> line in your profile or .<shell>rc script (see prompt) and point it to the location of a predefined theme or custom configuration.

There are two possible values the --config flag can handle:

  • a path to a local configuration file
oh-my-posh init pwsh --config 'C:/Users/Posh/jandedobbeleer.omp.json' | Invoke-Expression
  • a URL pointing to a remote config
oh-my-posh init pwsh --config '' | Invoke-Expression

Get inspirationโ€‹

The Windows and homebrew installers also bundle the predefined configurations (themes). You can use the following way to reference them directly. This will keep them up-to-date and compatible with future updates.

For example, to use the jandedobbeleer theme, alter the init line like this (powershell):

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

Config syntaxโ€‹

The examples below use a local path to the jandedobbeleer theme, adjust the --config value to reflect your use-case.

oh-my-posh init pwsh --config ~/jandedobbeleer.omp.json | Invoke-Expression

Once altered, reload your profile for the changes to take effect.


When the above command gives an error, make sure to create the profile first and add the oh-my-posh init above.

New-Item -Path $PROFILE -Type File -Force

When using oh-my-posh in Windows and the WSL, know that you can share your theme with the WSL by pointing to a theme in your Windows user's home folder.

Inside the WSL, you can find your Windows user's home folder here: /mnt/c/Users/<WINDOWSUSERNAME>.

Adjust a themeโ€‹

Maybe there's a theme you like, but you don't fancy the colors. Or, maybe there's a segment you want to tweak/add, or replace some of the icons with a different one. Whatever the case, read through available options first, by starting with the configuration guide.

You can export the current theme (default, or set via --config) to the format you like (json, yaml, or toml) which can be used to tweak and store as your own custom theme.

oh-my-posh config export --output ~/.mytheme.omp.json

Be careful not to adjust the theme files in their original location as they're updated together with Oh My Posh which will remove your customizations. Always copy, or export them and save the new configuration outside of the Oh My Posh internal themes folder.

Read the docsโ€‹

To fully understand how to customize a theme, read through the documentation in the configuration and segments sections. The configuration section covers the basic building blocks and concepts of Oh My Posh themes, while the segments section covers how to configure each available segment.