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How can I make my Mac terminal look like the screenshot below? The input line is cool and seems useful.

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You mean the prompt line? That is done by setting the PS1 environment variable in the .bashrc file (or .bash_profile) in your home directory.

See: http://beckism.com/2009/02/better%5Fbash%5Fprompt/

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lynda.com has a decent lesson on configuring BASH profiles in their Mac UNIX video tutorial. it's not free, but the OP might find it interesting – username Oct 15 '11 at 11:22

It seems that the guy in the picture you sent uses Rails and GIT. If you are using git, you should download GIT Bash Completition to and change your .bash_profile, including this 2 lines:

source ~/.git-completion.bash
export PS1='\[\033[38m\]\u@\h\[\033[01;34m\] \w \[\033[31m\]`git branch 2> /dev/null | grep \* | head -1 |  sed "s/\* //g" | awk "{ print \"(\" \\\$1 \")\" }"`\[\033[29m\]$\[\033[00m\] '

With this you will have a nice prompt, which tells you what branch you are.

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Actually the Git completion file provides a ready-made item to export into PS1. They suggest this, for example, PS1='[\u@\h \W$(__git_ps1 " (%s)")]\$ ' – Telemachus Aug 27 '09 at 14:20

You can have this UI and a lot more functionalities if you install ITerm(https://www.iterm2.com). It is a terminal emulator for MAX OS and has some advanced features.

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