Zsh Plugin managers

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on reddit.com/r/zsh

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  • antibody

    The fastest shell plugin manager.

    Antibody was mothballed. The author now points to other Zsh plugin managers as having caught up in speed to Antibody. See https://github.com/getantibody/antibody#maintenance-mode

  • zinit

    Flexible and fast Zsh plugin manager with clean fpath, reports, completion management, Turbo, annexes, services, packages.

    I know the official documentation https://github.com/zdharma/zinit

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  • sheldon

    :bowtie: Fast, configurable, shell plugin manager

    I’ve been using sheldon for the past few months and been pretty happy with it. It seems plenty fast enough and the most obscure the verbiage gets is the toml config file.

  • zplug

    :hibiscus: A next-generation plugin manager for zsh

    I've been using zplug for a while now. Pretty happy with it. Some people say it's slower, but it's not been enough to be an annoyance.

  • zinit

    Flexible and fast Zsh plugin manager with clean fpath, reports, completion management, Turbo, annexes, services, packages. (by black7375)

    Check my document https://github.com/black7375/zinit

  • asdf

    Extendable version manager with support for Ruby, Node.js, Elixir, Erlang & more

    Asdf is pretty awesome https://github.com/asdf-vm/asdf

  • pz

    The fast, native, Zsh plugin manager [Moved to: https://github.com/mattmc3/antidote] (by mattmc3)

    Author of the PZ plugin manager here - I used zgen for a long time and it was always super fast, but the author seems to have totally disappeared. Zinit was fast, but complicated as you mentioned. I used antibody for awhile, but the author deprecated it. I switched to Znap but it was unstable at the time and not super fast.

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NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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