It’s not a secret that the default Windows terminal is extremely painful in use. Afrer a few days of actively use, I realized that I needed to change it on the linux like terminal. This article will describe how to install Z Shell and configure GoLand IDE.

1. Install Cygwin

Cygwin is a large collection of GNU and Open Source tools which provide functionality similar to a Linux distribution on Windows. At first you need to download the installer: x64 or x86. After downloading the executable file, you need to run it through CMD or PowerShell with the following command-line arguments:

Example x64:

.\setup-x86_64.exe -q -P wget,tar,git,lynx

Example x86:

.\setup-x86.exe -q -P wget,tar,git,lynx


This command will run silent Cygwin and packages installation. As alternative you may install it manually, just on the package manager window you need to install these packages: wget, tar, git, lynx.

2. Install package manager

To manage packages in Cygwin we need to install a great tool named apt-cyg. apt-cyg is a Cygwin package manager. It includes a command-line installer for Cygwin which cooperates with Cygwin Setup and uses the same repository. At this step we need to open fresh installed Cygwin and run the following command:

lynx -source > apt-cyg
install apt-cyg /bin

Example use of apt-cyg:

apt-cyg install nano

3. Install Z Shell

The Z shell (Zsh) is a Unix shell that can be used as an interactive login shell and as a command interpreter for shell scripting. Install it with the following command:

apt-cyg install zsh

After that, I recommend you to install Oh My Zsh to easily manage your zsh configuration.

4. Setup terminal

Final step! Start your GoLand IDE and open File -> Settings -> Tools -> Terminal. Into Shell path field copy command listed below:

"C:\cygwin64\bin\sh.exe" -e /bin/xhere /bin/zsh.exe

/!\ Attention! Change cygwin64 folder path to yours if you installed it manually.



Have fun with your new terminal!