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Are there any terminals that can serve as an alternative to gnome-terminal. Do these alternatives have other/extra features ?

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@private If you know any other alternatives to Ubuntu terminal , please add it here. That may be helpful to others in future. – Raja Sep 4 '13 at 14:27
Dude, what's wrong with xterm? – Simon Richter Sep 4 '13 at 17:17

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Feel free to edit in info on features and/or maintenance.

There is a blog post at omgubuntu that lists five alternatives to gnome-terminal. Another post at techdrivein adds even more other ones. For screenshots see these websites.


"It allows you to split it’s main window into as many tiles anyone could ever need."

sudo apt-get install terminator

Here are some of its features:

  • Arrange terminals in a grid
  • Tabs
  • Drag and drop re-ordering of terminals
  • Lots of keyboard shortcuts
  • Save multiple layouts and profiles via GUI preferences editor
  • Simultaneous typing to arbitrary groups of terminals


"a configurable “Quake-style” terminal emulator, meaning that it slides down from the top of your desktop when a user-configurable key (default is F1)" No longer actively maintained?

sudo apt-get install tilda 

A said at linuxlibrary: "Tilda does seem to offer more customization options than similar drop-down style terminals":

  • Highly customizable interface.
  • Set the level of transparency for the main Tilda window.
  • Unique built-in color schemes.
  • Users are able to reduce the main window to its most minimal state.


"similar in functionality to Tilda"

sudo apt-get install guake


"comparable to [...] Guake and Tilda. It’s also very lightweight, features tabs, and an option to toggle fullscreen"

sudo apt-get install stjerm



sudo apt-get install yakuake

CLI companion

mostly to learn terminal commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:clicompanion-devs/clicompanion-nightlies

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install clicompanion

or download a .deb file for it from here.


"Eterm is the lightest of them all"

sudo apt-get install eterm


"Supports features like drag & drop of items into Terminal windows"

sudo apt-get install roxterm


"Extra features include fast pseudo-transparency, optional off-focus fading of text"

sudo apt-get install aterm


"An extensive set or runtime options are available resulting in a very customizable terminal emulator" No longer actively maintained?


"a command line based system made on top of WebKit"


As rajagenupula mentions there is also terminology.

It "can do a lot of things you wouldn't expect from a terminal emulator, like displaying thumbnails for images, videos and documents and furthermore, it also allows you to preview those files directly from Terminology" (quote from webupd8)

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You can use terminology,:) . its everything. its not just a simple terminal.

By using terminology you can preview images ,you can play videos from the terminal no need to open other file managers. its everything.

to install it open your terminal and type

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hannes-janetzek/enlightenment-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install terminology

then you access it, from unity dash. just install it once. I am sure you will surprised to see what you could do in the terminal.

look at the image , that will tell you everything that I am talking

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one more feature just now figured out that , at a time you can with 5 terminal with out clicking at new time every time.

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I suggest Byobu

Not only it has capability of splitting windows, but also there's indicators for battery %, network strength, clock, etc. If you attach a session there, it will also be transferred to tty. There's a somewhat of learning curve for splitting windows, but that is not too bad. Ctrl+a, then :, then type split -h or split -v. There's also ability to have new tabs/windows with F2 key

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But since it isn't really terminal emulator (as discussed in the comments bellow ), I suggest sakura. It's a cross between minimalism of xterm and configurability of gnome-terminal. Just today I tried to install gnome-terminal in my Arch installation, and it didn't go through for whatever reason . . .sakura was a good alternative, easy to use, easy to configure.

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But I don't think that byobu really is a terminal emulator, unlike gnome-terminal and other suggestions. I think you need to run byobu in a terminal emulator. – Léo Lam Oct 24 at 11:28
Technically byobu isnt terminal emulator, but if you search byobu in unity dash, it shows up there as an app. In actuality the full exec command for that app is Exec=env TERM=xterm-256color byobu So yes, you are correct – Serg Oct 24 at 11:32
I'll edit my answer to include a better suggestion – Serg Oct 24 at 11:34

Best is to install xfce4-terminal. It works fine in Gnome3, has an unobtrusive scrollbar, has a nice pastel theme, and has transparency.

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There's clearly no such thing as the "best" terminal. Unfortunately, at this moment I really cannot recommend xfce4-terminal. It is stuck with the ~4 year old Gtk+-2 based vte-0.28 doing the actual terminal emulation, whereas Ubuntu Vivid ships gnome-terminal with vte-0.38. The actual emulation behavior received hundreds of bugfixes and dozens of new features. Let's hope xfce guys will come up with an updated version soon. – egmont Apr 25 at 23:06

I wrote Fourterm, Terminator-like terminal written in GTK+/Vala. It's faster, but it has less features.

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XTerm is also very good! This article covers lot of its features:

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