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My terminal choice has always been Guake, but at my job they have some Macs and I've started to use iTerm2 and I really love the split-functionality.

So I was searching for something similar in Ubuntu. I've tried with Guake + screen, but that is definitely not the same experience, because screen has to be executed as a command.

Yes, I could put it into my bash config, but if I split the screen I cannot move the scroll bar with the mouse (maybe there's a shortcut for this?). The other thing is that my bash config is completely screwed up with screen, I have a function to make an ls after each cd and another to show some info in my prompt when I enter a git repository.

Both don't work for me.

I really would like to know about a program with the iTerm2 functionalities for Ubuntu or, in the worst case, try to emulate them the most similar possible.

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Terminator does almost everything you ask of it. – James Jan 9 '12 at 1:44
The problem with terminator (or at least I couldn't find it) is that doesn't have a global key to hide/show it as F12 in gnome – Alter Lagos Jan 9 '12 at 2:46

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Even on the mac, I am using tmux! :)


To install:

apt-get install tmux
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Your image is broken. – A.B. Jun 19 at 4:55
Image and link to project page fixed in proposed edit. – digitalextremist Jun 19 at 6:30

I also use/d iTerm2. After trying out tmux and Yakuake, I opted for Terminator and am very happy with it. Reason being, I didn't want a purely CLI-based multiplexer (tmux) ... I wanted more GUI based controls. And I didn't want a KDE based GUI (Yakuake). Terminator was the closest I found to iTerm2. The only feature I didn't find was the "clear" feature.

After deciding to switch and coming to post this answer, I noticed @jrg said this also, as a comment. I posted this because I almost missed Terminator and don't want others to miss it.

I became totally dependent on split-screens, and now my addiction can rage on:

Simple layout example. horizontal and vertical splits screens

Complex layout example. very complex layout

To install on Ubuntu or Mint, search for Terminator in Software Center ( Software Manager on Mint )... or open Terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install terminator

So far, the only feature I have not found is the ability to right-click on a session screen, and have a "clear" option to purge the buffer of visible text in that session.

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Not sure that I'm understanding the feature 'clear', that your are missing. But perhaps try typing "CTRL + L". – Steffen Christensen Jun 19 at 8:13
@SteffenChristensen I mean that in iTerm2 there is a context menu option labeled "Clear" ... which when clicked purges the scrollback buffer. It's like typing clear into a terminal, except you cannot scroll back. With clear the command, versus Clear the Context Menu option, I notice the buffer remains there, it's just pushed out of view. With the Clear context menu option, the scroll back is fresh as if you opened a new terminal, except you don't lose your window/screen-segment position and state in the session. – digitalextremist Jun 19 at 8:17

My choice of terminal is Yakuake. It has both vertical and horizontal functionality and more:

Yakuake with multiple splits


sudo apt-get install yakuake
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I have removed the yum command. This command may be right on other systems, but we are on Ask Ubuntu and Ubuntu doesn't have this command. – A.B. Jun 19 at 4:54

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