A Walk Through of My Terminal Setup

Friday, Apr 24, 2020 2 minute read Tags: random

Recently, I blogged about how I setup a Windows dev environment in which I talked about some of the specific tools I install to get things working on both PowerShell and WSL2.

On the back of it I was asked if I could show it off in action so I did a couple of quick videos where I walk through some of the setup that I have.

WSL2 + VS Code

In this video I show off the basics of how I setup and use tmux, which is a terminal multiplexer. Basically, this allows me to do a lot of really powerful things from the terminal such as split panes, run nested windows (kind of like tabs) and show some useful information about my machine. I also off the VS Code Remote WSL extension which I use to do the majority of my work.

tmux URL View Plugin

I did this video mainly because I was finding a particular tmux plugin, urlview, so amazingly productive I just had to show it off. The plugin scans the terminal output for URLs and then will give you a list of them to launch into a browser (which I configure to be MS Edge back in Windows). I find it super handy if you're working with forks of GitHub repos as I can, with a few keystrokes, launch into the ‘New Pull Request’ screen one I push changes to my fork!

Wrap Up

Like many of us, I'm starting to play around with streaming and other forms of “snackable” video content, so if there's anything you've been wondering about how I do dev, or any tools you've seen my show off in presentations that you want to know more about, do reach out and let me know as I'm happy to throw together a video that covers it off.