In this article, we will guide you through the process of uninstalling Oh My Zsh. Oh My Zsh is an open-source, community-driven framework for managing your Zsh configuration. It comes bundled with a ton of helpful functions, helpers, plugins, themes, and a few things that make you shout, “Oh My ZSH!”.
Despite its usefulness, there may be instances where you’d want to uninstall it. The process is straightforward and can be done with a few simple commands.
To uninstall Oh My Zsh, open your terminal, change the permissions of the
uninstall.sh file using the command
sudo chmod 777 ~/.oh-my-zsh/tools/uninstall.sh, and then execute the uninstallation script by running
~/.oh-my-zsh/tools/uninstall.sh. Confirm the uninstallation when prompted and Oh My Zsh will be removed from your system.
Before we begin, ensure you have access to a terminal and have Oh My Zsh installed on your system.
Uninstalling Oh My Zsh
Step 1: Open your Terminal
The first step in uninstalling Oh My Zsh is to open your terminal. This can be done by searching for “Terminal” in your system’s search bar or by using a keyboard shortcut.
Step 2: Change the Permissions of the
To run the uninstallation script, you need to change the permissions of the
uninstall.sh file. This can be done by running the following command:
sudo chmod 777 ~/.oh-my-zsh/tools/uninstall.sh
In this command,
sudo allows you to run commands with administrative privileges.
chmod changes the permissions of a file, and
777 gives read, write, and execute permissions to the user, group, and others.
~/.oh-my-zsh/tools/uninstall.sh is the path to the uninstallation script.
Step 3: Execute the Uninstallation Script
After changing the permissions, you can execute the uninstallation script by running:
This command runs the
uninstall.sh script, which will remove Oh My Zsh from your system.
During the uninstallation process, you will be prompted with the following message:
Are you sure you want to remove Oh My Zsh? [y/N]
To confirm the uninstallation, type
y for “yes” and press
Enter. This will restore your previous bash or zsh configuration and remove the
If you encounter any issues with the above method, you can try the alternative methods mentioned below:
Method 1: Run the
.sh File Directly
You can run the
uninstall.sh file directly by using the
source command reads and executes commands from the file specified as its argument in the current shell environment.
Method 2: Run the
uninstall.sh Script with
Alternatively, you can use the
sh command to run the
sh command invokes the Bourne shell or a compatible shell.
Uninstalling Oh My Zsh is a straightforward process that involves running a few commands in your terminal. If you encounter any issues, refer to the Oh My Zsh README or seek help from the community.
Remember, we’ll miss you, but we want to make this an easy breakup!
Yes, you can uninstall Oh My Zsh manually by removing the
~/.oh-my-zsh/ folder and restoring your previous bash or zsh configuration.
No, uninstalling Oh My Zsh will not delete your customizations. It will only remove the framework and restore your previous configuration.
Yes, you can reinstall Oh My Zsh after uninstalling it by following the installation instructions provided on the Oh My Zsh GitHub page.
Yes, uninstalling Oh My Zsh will remove all the plugins and themes that were installed through Oh My Zsh. However, you can manually reinstall them if needed.
Yes, you can use Oh My Zsh on Windows by installing a compatible terminal emulator such as Git Bash, Cygwin, or Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
Oh My Zsh is specifically designed for Zsh, but you can use it with other shells like bash or fish by changing your default shell to Zsh.
You can check if Oh My Zsh is installed by opening your terminal and running the command
echo $ZSH_VERSION. If it returns a version number, Oh My Zsh is installed.
No, uninstalling Oh My Zsh will not affect your command history. It only removes the framework and restores your previous configuration.
Yes, Oh My Zsh works perfectly fine on macOS. You can install it using the installation instructions provided on the Oh My Zsh GitHub page.
Yes, you can customize the Oh My Zsh theme by editing the
ZSH_THEME variable in your
.zshrc file. There are various themes available to choose from or you can create your own.