I installed Ubuntu 20.04 from the official website and installed terminator using APT and It worked! Ctrl+Alt+T started terminator.

Then I installed cinnamon desktop, rebooted and Ctrl+Alt+T came up with the default terminal, not with terminator.

I changed the priority to higher than the default emulator with sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator x-terminal-emulator /usr/bin/terminator 60, this also didn't work.

sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator gives this table:

Selection    Path                             Priority   Status
* 0            /usr/bin/terminator               60        auto mode
  1            /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper   40        manual mode
  2            /usr/bin/terminator               60        manual mode

What am I doing wrong? Is cinnamon interfering here?

  • I haven't used Cinnamon for years, so I am not sure of the exact workflow, but you should be able to remove the default Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut and then add a new Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut which will run terminator. Another option could be completely uninstalling gnome-terminal. Jul 25, 2020 at 18:07

2 Answers 2


Please enter the following in a terminal :

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec /usr/bin/terminator

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec-arg "-x"

You might have to enter the following line as well

gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec /usr/bin/terminator

Changing the bin file to the one you want for the keyboard shortcut works for me.

Go to: Keyboard -> Application Shortcuts

Then change the command tab for terminal to -> /usr/bin/terminator Or whatever the path to your binary program. Peace out.

Keyboard menu

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