Powerline on Archlinux

I recently switched from GNU Screen to Tmux. While reviewing random tmux.confs on Github I stumbled onto the screenshot below of tmux & powerline.

Powerline is a statusline plugin for vim, and provides statuslines and prompts for several other applications, including zsh, bash, tmux, IPython, Awesome and Qtile.



An AUR package available for Powerline. However for this document I am going to detail the standard installation.

Powerline Installation

Install python-pip (and if you don’t aleady have it, git):

$ sudo pacman -Sy python-pip git

Install Powerline:

$ su -c 'pip install git+git://github.com/Lokaltog/powerline'

Powerline is installed into: /usr/lib/python3.4/site-packages/powerline

Powerline scripts for bash, tmux, fish etc are located in: /usr/lib/python3.4/site-packages/powerline/bindings

Install the Powerline patched fonts:

$ wget https://github.com/Lokaltog/powerline/raw/develop/font/PowerlineSymbols.otf https://github.com/Lokaltog/powerline/raw/develop/font/10-powerline-symbols.conf
$ sudo mv PowerlineSymbols.otf /usr/share/fonts/
$ sudo fc-cache -vf
$ sudo mv 10-powerline-symbols.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d/

Dotfile Configuration

Edit your various dotfiles to run their powershell configuration scripts.


source /usr/lib/python3.4/site-packages/powerline/bindings/tmux/powerline.conf


if [[ -r /usr/lib/python3.4/site-packages/powerline/bindings/zsh/powerline.zsh ]]; then
  source /usr/lib/python3.4/site-packages/powerline/bindings/zsh/powerline.zsh


if [ -f /usr/lib/python3.4/site-packages/powerline/bindings/bash/powerline.sh ]; then
  source /usr/lib/python3.4/site-packages/powerline/bindings/bash/powerline.sh

Patched fonts are required on remote systems used to connect to your powerline/tmux box. Download and install a patched font for your system. https://github.com/Lokaltog/powerline-fonts


Failure / Nothing works!

Should nothing above work as expected and/or you give up.

Uninstall Powerline:

$ su -c 'pip uninstall powerline'