I'm using a standard installation of Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity and I'd like to make terminator transparent as we can easily do for the standard terminal.

Is that possible ?

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Right click anywhere in the terminator window and choose "Preferences", your desired option should be found under "Profiles"->Background":

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    ... I hadn't even found terminator preferences... I wasn't imagining there even was a GUI... Thanks ! May 4, 2012 at 10:11
  • this way you get a composite transparent terminal (shows desktop), Is there some way to enable regular transparent terminal?
    – Jayzcode
    Jan 22, 2015 at 6:57

Edit your config file in $HOME like this (i.e. vi) :

vi $HOME/.config/terminator/config

insert into [profiles] [[default]] the transparency settings:

background_darkness = 0.97 #(or anything else between 0-1)
background_type = transparent

this works for me.

  • This I think is a better method as it can simply be copied.
    – krizzo
    Jan 22, 2014 at 18:33

Right click on terminator screen

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  1. Click on Preferences
  2. Click on Profiles tab
  3. Under Profiles click on Background tab
  4. Check Transparent background
  5. Set the transparency (Optional)

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  • This answer looks a little like a duplicate, doesn't it ? Sep 26, 2016 at 11:47

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