Scott Hanselman

Take your Windows Terminal and PowerShell to the next level with Terminal Icons

April 06, 2021 Comment on this post [32] Posted in Win10
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I'm having a blast customizing my terminal and making my prompt awesome.

I thought it was lovely when I added Oh my Posh 3. But now that I've seen Kayla Cinnamon's terminal MINE IS HIDEOUS!

Windows Terminal Pretty Prompt

Ok, what can we add? MOAR ICONS.

Turns out that Brandon Olin from StackOverflow has created a Terminals Icons package that is *chefs kiss*. Go give this man 1000 stars, please.

Given I'm using the completely overpowered "caskaydiacove nf" Nerd Font Variant of the lovely Cascadia Code font, I've got all the icons I need ready to go!

I just install. (I'm using PowerShell 7 from the Windows Store, but remember PowerShell is cross platform):

PS> Install-Module -Name Terminal-Icons -Repository PSGallery

And then add one line to my $profile (edit with "code $profile"):

Import-Module -Name Terminal-Icons

Now look at a directory, use dir, ls, or get-childitem, it doesn't matter...AND BEHOLD:

Lovely PowerShell with Directory Icons

Thanks Brandon and Kayla! Great stuff! What customizations have YOU made?


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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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April 09, 2021 7:42
Be careful with the CaskaydiaCove NF font. I didn't find its original source and license, but according to https://en.m.fontke.com/font/64992431/licence/ it is prohibited to use commercially. Unfortunately nerdfonts.com also doesn't mention the license of the fonts anywhere.
April 09, 2021 8:25
Hey Scott,

Thanks for sharing! I've been using Oh-my-posh for some time, and really enjoy the additional visual aid it gives me, specifically when I'm navigating my local git repos.

With the addition of more icons like these, I can already see the improved readability when jumping between terminal tabs and folders. 🚀💻

I've shared your post with some friends who I know will appreciate it!

All the best,
Tobias.
April 09, 2021 15:41
Thanks for this post Scott.
My terminal was overdue for a complete overhaul
Now it looks more useful and easy on my eyes.
April 09, 2021 15:43
Seems to slow down dir on my PC, but it does look neater.

For people with draconian policies on their work PCs that restrict running as admin you can install with CurrentUser scope:

PS> Install-Module -Name Terminal-Icons -Repository PSGallery -Scope CurrentUser
April 09, 2021 16:42
I wish Windows Terminal would become cross platform :-(
I realize there are dependencies like C++/WinRT, XAML Islands (UWP XAML) for our UI. and using DX/DWrite for the text renderer. Hope Kayla/Windows Terminal team would take a serious look at it.
April 10, 2021 6:24
Hi Scott,
thanks for sharing!

Do you have an alternative Font (cascadia code style) without ligatures, just PL?

thanks
April 10, 2021 8:05
Hi Scott,

I got Cascadia Code PL (2102.25) installed and also the Terminal-Icons module. However the powerline glyphs are rendered as squares on my terminal. What could be missing?

Love your love towards the terminal.

Uchitha.
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April 13, 2021 20:39
I got Cascadia Code PL (2102.25) installed and also the Terminal-Icons module. However the powerline glyphs are rendered as squares on my terminal. What could be missing?


@Uchitha Ranasinghe, please get and install Nerd Fonts from https://www.nerdfonts.com/. The equivalent for Cascadia Code should be Caskaydia Cove.
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April 13, 2021 22:55
Working on 5 different physical and virtual machines daily, VI wins and I do not worry about customizing my workspace.

A simple C:\mytools directory copy lands all my no-install needed tools and the rest is plain Windows.

Ian
April 14, 2021 8:13

@Uchitha Ranasinghe, please get and install Nerd Fonts from https://www.nerdfonts.com/. The equivalent for Cascadia Code should be Caskaydia Cove.


Let me just add that the "magic string" that you need to set the terminal fontFace property to is "CaskaydiaCove NF", case sensitive.

@Scott Thanks for making me like my terminal ;-)
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