TL;DR I am the author of Promptastic. Promptastic is free and open-source and hosted on GitHub

Promptastic is a flavored prompt for Bash shell which provides info about the running system and environment in a fancy colored output. It works under Mac OS X and Linux.

Promptastic icon

Promptastic is heavily inspired by Powerline and Powerline-shell which I have been using for a long time and realized that the former is complicated to install, slightly bloated and more suitable for Vi users, while the latter is unmaintained and a bit buggy.


Promptastic screenshot

  • shows the name of the logged user, the host name, the current directory path and the time;
  • provides a feedback if the current directory is read-only or is not a valid path;
  • warns if the last command exited with a failure code;
  • displays the number of active jobs;
  • reveals the name of the active Python virtualenv environment;
  • presents details about the current Git branch and the status of the staging area and commit;
  • adds a special label in case of SSH connection;
  • any feature can be enabled/disabled via a config file;
  • colored output: there are a bunch of themes to choose from and new themes can be easily created;
  • simple and automatic installation procedure;
  • written in Python.

More details and screenshot in Promptastic is FOSS and its codebase is hosted on GitHub.

Key Technologies

Key technologies used in Promptastic:

  • Python
  • Bash shell scripting
  • Git, GitHub