How can I have zsh as my default shell?

Everybody on the system has to use bash as login shell, because this allows us to put a standard configuration into each account. This remains the default shell of a User.

But don't worry, it's no problem to change the shell for all further operations after the login.

  1. Create a backup of your ~/.bashrc, as it will be replaced to start zsh and not do anything else

    cp ~/.bashrc ~/.bashrc.bak
  2. Replace the content of ~/.bashrc with the following commands:

    if [[ $- == *i* ]]; then
        # This is an interactive shell
        if [[ "${0}" == "-bash" || "${0}" == "bash" ]]; then
            # This is bash and a login or non-login shell
            if [[ -x /bin/zsh ]]; then
                # zsh is present and executable
                export SHELL=/bin/zsh
                exec /bin/zsh

/!\ This only replaces bash with zsh for interactive shells, make sure you adapt your cronjobs and scripts yourself in case you want to use zsh there.


FAQ/ZshAsDefaultShell (last edited 2021-06-15 08:35:56 by stroth)