fz VS zsh-syntax-highlighting

Compare fz vs zsh-syntax-highlighting and see what are their differences.


Cli shell plugin, the missing fuzzy tab completion feature for the z jump around command. (by changyuheng)
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fz zsh-syntax-highlighting
1 65
382 16,649
- 2.5%
0.0 0.0
over 1 year ago about 2 months ago
Shell Shell
Mozilla Public License 2.0 BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.


Posts with mentions or reviews of fz. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-25.
  • Zsh Plugins Commit TOP
    102 projects | dev.to | 25 Dec 2021
    fz : - Seamlessly adds fuzzy search to z's tab completion and lets you easily jump around among directories in your history.


Posts with mentions or reviews of zsh-syntax-highlighting. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-03.
  • Why Oh My ZSH is so cool?
    4 projects | dev.to | 3 Mar 2023
    Syntax highlighting
  • ZSH + Oh My ZSH! on Windows with WSL
    4 projects | dev.to | 3 Mar 2023
    git clone https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions.git ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-autosuggestions git clone https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting.git ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting
  • Wrote a "plugin manager" shell function. Any ideas for improvement?
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/zsh | 13 Feb 2023
    if (($+commands[git])); then use_plugin() { local root_dir="${XDG_DATA_HOME:-$HOME/.local/share}/zsh/plugins" local plugin_name=${1:t} # grabbing the 5th field works for a Github url, not necessarily for every url. local plugin_dir=$root_dir/${1//[/:]/_} if ! [[ -d $plugin_dir ]] echo $EPOCHSECONDS > $plugin_dir/update_timestamp # don't continue if cloning failed git clone --depth 1 "$1" "$plugin_dir" || return local timestamp read -r timestamp < $plugin_dir/update_timestamp if ((EPOCHSECONDS - timestamp > 864000)); then # don't update timestamp if pull failed git -C $plugin_dir pull && echo $EPOCHSECONDS > $plugin_dr/update_timestamp # Match common source filenames local file for file in ($plugin_name|${plugin_name:l}).(plugin.zsh|zsh|zsh-theme)(N); do source $plugin_dir/$filename && break done } use_plugin 'https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions' use_plugin 'https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting' fi
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/zsh | 13 Feb 2023
    use_plugin 'https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions' use_plugin 'https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting' ```
  • How to get zsh-autosuggestions and zsh-syntax-highlighting working when installed with xbps?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/voidlinux | 29 Jan 2023
    So I chose to install https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions and https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting using xbps. Do I need to do anything else to get them working?
  • Why should I care wether my shell is POSIX compliant?
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/archlinux | 25 Jan 2023
    use zsh with the autosuggestions and syntax-highlighting plugins if you want a posix shell with the same features as fish.
  • zsh highlighting makes environment variables invisible when input starts with "$"
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/zsh | 17 Jan 2023
    $LS_COLORS isn't used to color environment variables, the main highlighter of zsh-syntax-highlighting colors them.
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/zsh | 17 Jan 2023
    So, I am using oh-my-zsh, and have sourced zsh-syntax-highlighting as a super useful plugin. I am working in Ubuntu using zsh version 5.9.
  • What's your preferred shell &amp; why?
    13 projects | reddit.com/r/archlinux | 22 Oct 2022
    https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions
  • Only me?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/neovim | 16 Oct 2022
    What’s the benefit of this over the much more popular zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting

What are some alternatives?

When comparing fz and zsh-syntax-highlighting you can also consider the following projects:

fast-syntax-highlighting - (Short name F-Sy-H). Syntax-highlighting for Zshell – fine granularity, number of features and multiple shipped themes.

ohmyzsh - 🙃 A delightful community-driven (with 2,100+ contributors) framework for managing your zsh configuration. Includes 300+ optional plugins (rails, git, macOS, hub, docker, homebrew, node, php, python, etc), 140+ themes to spice up your morning, and an auto-update tool so that makes it easy to keep up with the latest updates from the community.

zsh-autosuggestions - Fish-like autosuggestions for zsh

ble.sh - Bash Line Editor―a full-featured line editor written in pure Bash! Syntax highlighting, auto suggestions, vim modes, etc. are available in Bash interactive sessions!

powerlevel10k - A Zsh theme

starship - ☄🌌️ The minimal, blazing-fast, and infinitely customizable prompt for any shell!

tmux-resurrect - Persists tmux environment across system restarts.

antibody - The fastest shell plugin manager.

ansible-role-zsh - Setup antigen with oh-my-zsh, powerlevel10k theme, fzf, autosuggestions, syntax-highlighting

spaceship-prompt - :rocket::star: Minimalistic, powerful and extremely customizable Zsh prompt

zsh-autocomplete - 🤖 Real-time type-ahead completion for Zsh. Asynchronous find-as-you-type autocompletion.

ripgrep - ripgrep recursively searches directories for a regex pattern while respecting your gitignore