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Please note that this installation does not have WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). I always use a terminal from VS Code, so I don't need to change Windows (alt + tab) every time I need to do a command task.


  1. ZSH on Windows installation that requires us to:
    1. Install Cygwin on Windows
    2. Set Up ZSH as the default terminal for Windows
  2. Set up ZSH as the default terminal for VS Code
  3. Install oh-my-zsh for ZSH on Windows

1. ZSH on Windows installation

First, download the Cygwin installer based on your Windows system (32bit or 64bit). Then, run it to install on your Windows.

In the installation process, you should make sure that the installation folder is c:\\cygwin64.

When the select packages screen is prompted, you should find wget by typing directly on the search input form or change to change to category view → expand (+) all → expand (+) web → find wget → from the new column, select the latest version → next.

After the Cygwin installation, we will set up Windows Terminal to use Cygwin bash as the default Windows Terminal.

To do so, you must open the setting.json in your Windows Terminal. Or open it from the setting screen.

// the rest configuration goes above...
  "defaultProfile": "{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44ba}",
  "profiles": {
    "defaults": {
    "list": [
        "commandline": "powershell.exe",
        "guid": "{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44bf}",
        "hidden": false,
        "name": "Windows PowerShell"
        "commandline": "C:/cygwin64/bin/bash.exe /bin/xhere /bin/zsh",
        "guid": "{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44ba}",
        "hidden": false,
        "name": "Cygwin ZSH"
// the rest configuration goes below...

If you reopen the terminal, you should now use Cygwin's bash. You can check by running the command echo $SHELL to see what current is the command line.

Next, we will then use wget to install apt-cyg.  Then use this apt-cyg to install zsh to the Cygwin.

To do so, on the terminal, run these commands:

wget rawgit.com/transcode-open/apt-cyg/master/apt-cyg
install apt-cyg /bin
apt-cyg install zsh git gdb dos2unix openssh chere vim

Relaunch the terminal, then try to check the version of the ZSH by running the command zsh --version, the version should be shown.

We are done installing Cygwin and ZSH on the Windows terminal. Let's make the ZSH to be the default terminal for VS Code.

2. Set up ZSH as the default terminal for VS Code

As I said earlier, I do this step because I enjoy running commands from VS Code. If you don't want, skip this part and move to the oh-my-zsh installation step.

2.1 Cygwin Terminal Profile Integration

First, open the setting.json of your VSCode. Make sure you have this code:

2.2 Add VS Code Plugin into Cygwin

To add the VS Code plugin, you open the


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