Install Powerline-Shell on Raspberry Pi


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 Raspberry Pi in just two steps.

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


For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which is currently version Bullseye.
Raspberry Pi OS has 32-bit and 64-bit variants, both of which will run on most Raspberry Pi computers, including the Pi 3 and the Pi 4.
Powerline-Shell will run on either PiOS 32-bit or 64-bit.

Install Pi-Apps

Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Raspberry Pi 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