My must have software after a fresh install

27th of February 2023

Every time I get a new macbook I install the same programs. These are my installation instructions. I wrote this mainly for my use, but could be useful for anyone else.

Install Homebrew

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Install base packages

This are the packages that I first need to configure

brew install git zsh

Enable VIM syntax highlighting

It just makes reading files easier. Create the file ~/.vimrc with the following:

syntax on

Add Git alias

I use these git scripts to simplify my work flow

tree = log --graph --all --decorate --pretty=oneline --abbrev-commit

tree-one = log --graph --decorate --oneline --abbrev-commit

nuke = !git reset --hard && git clean -xdf
reboot = !git reset --hard && git clean -df

Install Dark Theme

I like the Dracula Dark theme for the MacOS terminal

git clone ~/Documents/dracula

  • Then open your terminal and select the Dracula.terminal file.

Install Oh-My-Zsh

First, install the library: sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Then add the plugins:

  • Auto suggestions: git clone ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-autosuggestions
  • Syntax highlighting: git clone ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting

Finally, modify the ~/.zshrc file to have the following content

# Path thingy goes above


plugins=(git git-flow brew colorize zsh-syntax-highlighting zsh-autosuggestions)

source $ZSH/

Install other apps

Finally, I install my most common used libs and apps

brew install ffmpeg mdv tldr tree yarn nvm deno gh imagemagick jq tree

brew install --cask 1password docker google-chrome spotify firefox insomnia fork jetbrains-toolbox visual-studio-code

Windows installation

If I'm installing a new Windows computer, I first install Chocolatey and then run the following command:

choco install 7zip discord Firefox git google-drive steam vlc vscode windirstat

That's all! I'll be updating this file based on my new requirements.