Let’s look what other commands antidote has available for us!


You can see where antidote is keeping the plugins with the home command:

$ antidote home

Of course, you can remove the entire thing with:

rm -rf $(antidote home)

if you decide to start fresh or to use something else.

If you clear out your plugins, don’t forget to also run:

rm ~/.zsh_plugins.zsh


You can quickly add a plugin to your plugins file with antidote install:

$ antidote install zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions
Bundle 'zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions' added to '/Users/matt/.zsh_plugins.txt'.

If you have an alternate location for your plugins file, you can provide that too:

$ antidote install zsh-users/zsh-history-substring-search ${ZDOTDIR:-~}/myplugins.conf
Bundle 'zsh-users/zsh-history-substring-search' added to '/Users/matt/.zsh/myplugins.conf'.

Don’t forget to reload zsh afterwards to load the plugin you just added!


You can list the plugins you have cloned to your antidote home folder:

$ antidote list                 /Users/matt/Library/Caches/antidote/        /Users/matt/Library/Caches/antidote/
# ...


You can use antidote load in your .zshrc to clone and source everything in your plugins file, which by default is ${ZDOTDIR:-$HOME}/.zsh_plugins.txt:

# .zshrc
# make a static plugins file and source it to load all your plugins
antidote load

It also takes a parameter if you prefer to use a custom plugins file:

# .zshrc
antidote load ${ZDOTDIR:-~}/myplugins.conf


You can see the path being used for a cloned bundle.

$ antidote path ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh

This is particularly useful for projects like oh-my-zsh that rely on storing its path in the $ZSH environment variable:

$ ZSH=$(antidote path ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh)


You can remove a bundle completely by purging it:

$ antidote purge ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh
Removing ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh...

You can also remove all antidote bundles and the static cache file to start fresh:

$ rm -rf $(antidote home)
$ rm ${ZDOTDIR:-~}/.zsh_plugins.zsh


Antidote can update itself, and all bundles in a single pass.

Just run:

$ antidote update
Updating antidote...
Updating f6c4391..7b8d560
Updating all bundles in /Users/matt/Library/Caches/antidote...