Loading Plugins From Private Repositories And Not Only#

Introduction#

In order to install and load a plugin whose repository is private - i.e.: requires providing credentials in order to log in – use the from'' ice in the following way:

zinit ice from"psprint@github.com"
zinit load psprint/fsh-auto-themes

Explanation#

The point is that when the from'' ice isn't one of gh, github, gl, gitlab, bb, bitbucket, nb, notabug, gh-r, github-rel then it is treaten as a domain name and inserted into the domain position into the clone url. I.e.: the following (more or less) git clone command is being run:

git clone https://{from-ice-contents}/user/plugin

In order to change the protocol, use the proto'' ice.

Summary#

By using this method you can clone plugins from e.g. GitHub Enterprise or embed the passwords as plain text in .zshrc.

On The FSH-Auto-Themes Plugin#

The plugin used in the example really exists and really is private. It's available to my sponsors. The plugin README is available here. My GitHub sponsors page – if you're interested in receiving the benefit: here.