The Z shell (zsh) is a powerfull bash compatible shell. It can easily be installed on every Linux or Unix distro.
In this article I will install zsh in FreeBSD and PCBSD and set zsh as the default login shell.
I will show you how to install zsh in both, the ports method and with pkg_add. Use only one of this installation methods.
I recommand the installation with pkg_add because it’s easier and faster:
How to install zsh with pkg_add:
$ pkg_add -r zsh
How to install zsh from ports:
$ cd /usr/ports/shell/zsh
# make install clean
Installation finished. To use the Z shell, type zsh in your terminal.
How to set zsh as your default login shell:
Usually, when you install zsh, you want it to be your default login shell. The login shell can be changed with chsh or usermod:
$ chsh -s /usr/local/bin/zsh mike
$ usermod -s /usr/local/bin/zsh mike
To set aliases, functions or customize your prompt, edit your ~/.zshrc file.