Install Powerline-Shell on Nvidia Jetson


A beautiful and useful prompt generator for Bash, ZSH, Fish, and tcsh:

-Shows some important details about the git/svn/hg/fossil branch
-Changes color if the last command exited with a failure code
-If you're too deep into a directory tree, shortens the displayed path with an ellipsis
-Shows the current Python virtualenv environment
-It's easy to customize and extend.

Fortunately, Powerline-Shell is very easy to install on your Nvidia Jetson in just two steps.

  1. Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Nvidia Jetson.
  2. Use Pi-Apps to install Powerline-Shell.


For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Nvidia Jetpack for your specific Jetson (Jetson TX1, Jetson Nano, Jetson TX2, Jetson Xavier, or Jetson Orin).
Powerline-Shell will run on L4T Ubuntu ARM64.

Install Pi-Apps

Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Nvidia Jetson with just a few clicks.

Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:

wget -qO- | bash

Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here:

Install Powerline-Shell

Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install Powerline-Shell.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:

Then click on the Appearance category.

Now scroll down to find Powerline-Shell in the list.

Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install Powerline-Shell for you!

Pi-Apps is a free and open source tool made by Botspot and other contributors. Find out more at