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The most common Quake-style terminal in Gnome seem to be Guake and Tilda, but they can't split to show several shells in single tab like Yakuake can. Is there any alternative which can do so?

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! The question you have posted does not fall in the scope of questions discussed here. Please refer to the FAQ to see what kind of questions you can ask here. Regards, – Ringtail Apr 5 '12 at 8:08
@BlueXrider Why do you think this is offtopic? – Oli Apr 5 '12 at 8:31
They're all terminal emulators for's not specific to ubuntu IMHO... – Ringtail Apr 5 '12 at 8:38
Have you solved this issue? – pl1nk Jun 24 '12 at 22:38

Try Guake with tmux to get the splitting feature.

For Ubuntu 14.04

Terra can be made to run on Ubuntu 14.04. See this answer for details

For Ubuntu 13.04 and older

Alternatively there is a new experimental project called Terra.

Terra is a GTK+3.0 based terminal emulator with useful user interface, it also supports multiple terminals with splitting screen horizontally or vertically.

Terra Terminal Emulator Screenshot

Quick installation:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ozcanesen/terra-terminal
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install terra

For more information check out the WebUpd8 article.

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+1 for Terra. I have just been looking for terminals with multi-pane support that supports using the mouse (e.g. changing panes by clicking). Terra is the only one I can find – nebffa Mar 14 '14 at 9:05
+1 for Guake with tmux – sergej Feb 15 at 11:20

You can write a small script to make any window bring to the front. Though it is not sliding down from top like in quake it serves the purpose. I'm using terminator as my grid terminal since its very powerful.

The script I'm using for this is given below. So first install terminator and wmctrl then put this script where you keep your scripts and add a shortcut key (eg: Ctrl+`) and your done.

Now when you press Ctrl+` terminator comes to the front and press the same once more, it will go to the back of the other windows.

WIN=$( wmctrl -lGx | grep -i terminator | awk '{print $1}' );
if [[ $WIN == "" ]]
   exit 0
   if [[ -e $TM_STATE ]]
      wmctrl -i -r $WIN -b remove,below
      wmctrl -i -r $WIN -b add,above
      #wmctrl -i -r $WIN -b remove,shaded
      #wmctrl -i -a $WIN 
      rm $TM_STATE
      wmctrl -i -r $WIN -b remove,above
      wmctrl -i -r $WIN -b add,below
      #wmctrl -i -r $WIN -b add,shaded
      touch $TM_STATE
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