I would like to have several terminals in the same window. I know I can have tabs, but with them we can't see two terminals at a time.

I know Terminator is another terminal able to do this, but I really like the standard terminal.

Is it possible ?

  • I do not know how to split, but you can launch 2 terminals at the same time – logcat Aug 2 '12 at 13:29
  • Are you meaning 'gnome-terminal' as the standard terminal? If so, what features are you missing when you run terminator? (I used both of these, but I love terminator.) – belacqua Aug 4 '12 at 16:46

Not with the standard terminal. There are, however, a number of applications that you can install that will extend your terminal to allow for it, called multiplexers. Tmux and Screen are two of the most common.


use terminator / termssh

apt-get install terminator - for gnome but works fine on kde.


wrote this to automate server connections either through autodiscovery or text file 4 -8 windows per tab


Like Shauna suggests, GNU Screen among other tools will let you do this. It also comes with a host of other features which can be very useful (like keeping your programs running on a remote shell even after you have disconnected, so that you can re-connect to the session later).

If you decide to try any of these tools out, I suggest you look a little bit further than your initial needs requires you too, as the rewards will be immense.

  • Does screen let you split the viewable session, as opposed to making switchable session, tabs, etc.? – belacqua Aug 4 '12 at 16:49
  • Yes. You can split the session vertically. I think horizontally should be possible as well, but I've never tried. You can also simultaneously use the screen-session among several SSH sessions, so you can have multiple people working in the same screen. Great for remote assistance and collaboration with shell-problems. Screen is really a fantastic utility. – Jostein Kjønigsen Aug 9 '12 at 10:22
  • I just tried Screen and unfortunately I am not able to use my splited terminals. I can move the focus to them using Ctrl+A tab but onec there typing anything doesn't show up on the screen. May be you know why ? Moreover, it seems impossible to split a window both horizontaly and vertically at the same time, isn't it ? – Manuel Selva Aug 10 '12 at 8:09
  • after tweeking I am able to do all I want with Screen and Tmux. A little bit tricky to get started, but seems very nice. Have fun and thanks ! – Manuel Selva Aug 10 '12 at 8:51

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