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I develop code. I use terminal alot. I use many terminal windows alot. I hate how tabs look.

Any useful applications that allow for multiple terminal use, and streamline my development. allow me to keep multiple terminals in focus?

Please and thank you.

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up vote 34 down vote accepted

Try Terminator. It allows you to split the terminal window (You can also have tabs and separate windows).

simple terminator usage

You can install terminator from your current terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get install terminator

Or you can search 'terminator' in Ubuntu Software Centre (or Synaptic).

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Um, wow! Holy crap Terminator is awesome! – jathanism Aug 18 '10 at 20:52
Holy crap I was about to post the same answer. Once you see the terminator you never go back to the puny gnome-terminal. – Dmitriy Likhten Aug 18 '10 at 21:17

Both screen and byobu (which is just screen with some neat extras) allow you to use multiple windows within one session. For me they're must-have applications when I'm connecting via SSH.

See for more information on how to use screen.

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Screen is the best option if you don't like terminal tabs. – Marco Ceppi Aug 18 '10 at 17:57

Yakuake is like Guake + Terminator: you get multiple tabs and split screen terminals, all in a quake drop-down. But it's a KDE application so if you're using Gnome, I would say Guake.

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I also (in addition to terminator) use Guake sudo apt-get install guake. It is a quake-like console tool which is basically a tabbed terminal except it pops out when you press F12 and closes when you lose focus (if you configure it that way). I love it.

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I don't see what the problem is. I just opened 5 terminal windows at the same time, no problem, by hitting ctrl+shift+n with the terminal open, or going to File > Open Terminal. I haven't done anything that would affect the terminal... This is pretty much right out of the box. Are you using 10.4?

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Yeah, I'm not crazy... ways to run a terminal See the "More Ways to Run a Terminal" section. – Daniel Aug 18 '10 at 17:29
just be quite. :) – myusuf3 Aug 18 '10 at 17:47
I see... You want to use multiple terminal instances within one window. Uh... Why? What's the problem with multiple windows? – Daniel Aug 19 '10 at 2:00

Just some alternatives out there:

Try a different terminal. I use urxvt-unicode (package name) and it has a much better tab layout/look imo.

Here's a page with a sample screenshot of the tabs in the upper corner:

Secondly, you might consider a tiling window manager at some point. I'm a huge fan. You don't have to worry about laying out all those different terminals and just add/remove as you need them. I'm using AwesomeWM, but Xmodad is another really good one.

Quick youtube of someone using it:

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If what you want is to have many ssh/telnet connections to some machines, please, ty PAC ( link text

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Mutiplexing the terminal?

  1. sudo apt-get install guake
  2. sudo apt-get install tmux
  3. Open guake by pressing F12.
  4. Right click on the dropping window and then select Preferences
  5. Select usr/bin/tmux in the only one select box.
  6. In my case, I have to close and re-open guake.

So now you have guake with multiple window display and several other tools.

crtl+b and then % for vertical splitting. ctrl+b and then " for horizontal splitting.

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