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Re: How do I make 5.8 the login shell???

> Is there a trick to installing 5.8,  I downloaded the tarball,
decompressed it, then did a ./configure and a make followed by “make

Hi Frank!

I'm guessing that zsh 5.7.1 is located at /bin/zsh and 5.8 is located at

If you want to use 5.8 as your login shell,  there are two things you need
to do.

First, you **must** add /usr/local/bin/zsh to /etc/shells

You can do this by typing:

sudo pico /etc/shells

and then pasting the line in, and then saving the file (control+X and then

Second, use `chsh -s` to change your login shell by entering this in

chsh -s /usr/local/bin/zsh

You will be prompted to enter your Mac's login password.

(Note: on the Mac, you can also:

1. go to System Preferences > Users & Groups

2. Click on the 'lock' icon and enter your password

3. Control+Click (or right click) on your user in the left-hand column

4. Select "Advanced Options" which will appear when you do so

>From there you can change your login shell. Obviously `chsh -s` is a bit
easier, but it's good to know your options.

## There is another option

If you don't want to deal with any of that, there is another way. You can
tell Terminal.app to use a different shell than your login shell. Open
Terminal's preferences, go to "General" and then "Shells open with" and you
can change it to /usr/local/bin/zsh

Screenshot might make it more clear:


I hope this helps!

~ Tj

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