The easiest way to install Zellij is through a package for your OS.

If one is not available for your OS, you can download a prebuilt binary or even try Zellij without installing.

Otherwise, you can install it with Cargo.

Rust - Cargo

For instructions on how to install Cargo see here.

Once installed run:

cargo install --locked zellij

If experiencing errors, if installed through rustup, please try running:

rustup update

Binary Download

Binaries are made available each release for the Linux and MacOS operating systems.

It is possible to download the binaries for these on the release page.

Once downloaded, untar the file:

tar -xvf zellij*.tar.gz

check for the execution bit:

chmod +x zellij

and then execute Zellij:


Include the directory Zellij is in, in your PATH Variable if you wish to be able to execute it anywhere.


move Zellij to a directory already included in your [$PATH] Variable.

Compiling Zellij From Source

Instructions on how to compile Zellij from source can be found here.

Third party repositories

Zellij is packaged in some third part repositories. Please keep in mind that they are not directly affiliated with zellij maintainers:

Packaging status

More information about third party installation can be found here.