The Ultimate Mac, Vim, and Tmux setup


I grew up using Macs, was forced back to Windows for a job, worked on Ubuntu for a while, and now have finally landed back in the Mac realm. After having been around the block on just about every platform, I can safely argue that Mac’s are better for a developer who’s serious about Linux but doesn’t want to sacrifice a quality UI.

One of the hardest things about setting up a new box is figuring out all the quirky setup nuances that make your box shine. This post is the chronicle of my most recent, most ultimate setup yet.

This was all performed on a fresh MacBook Air, but really anything running Mavericks works.


Getting Started


Start by downloading and install iTerm, Alfred, Homebrew, and Solarized (imported into iTerm2 from this file). Once you have that done, setup your iTerm2 profile to use your newly imported Solarized Dark theme. Also make sure your “Report terminal type” is set to xterm-256color. Then let’s keep going on the installation by hopping into iTerm2 and running some shizz.

Homebrew installs stuff in /usr/local/bin so let’s add it to our path by modifying ~/.bashrc and ~/.zshrc this might not be required

echo PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:$PATH | tee -a ~/.bashrc ~/.zshrc

Install zsh, vim, tmux, and something to connect your Mac’s clipboard to Vim:

brew install zsh tmux vim reattach-to-user-namespace

Tell your mac to permit your custom shell:

echo /usr/local/bin/zsh | sudo tee -a /etc/shells

Change your default shell:

chsh -s /usr/local/bin/zsh $USER

Move a folder to account for some Mac bug:

sudo mv /etc/{zshenv,zshrc}

Install oh-my-zsh:

curl -L | sh

Install jVim to your home directory:

git clone ~/.jvim
cd ~/.jvim
git submodule update --init --recursive
./ bonus

Restart iTerm2.

Install some more stuff with brew:

brew install vim tmux reattach-to-user-namespace

Fire up Tmux:


Setup vim:

# ignore errors for now


To be honest, I started writing this article several months ago and never finished it. I suspect these steps are correct, but your mileage may vary.