I write code. I use terminal a lot. I ofter use many terminal windows. I hate how tabs look.

Are there any applications that allow me to keep multiple terminal windows in focus to streamline my development?

8 Answers 8


Try Terminator. It allows you to split the terminal window (You can also have tabs and separate windows).

simple terminator usage

You can install terminator from your current terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get install terminator

Or you can search 'terminator' in Ubuntu Software Centre (or Synaptic).

  • 4
    Um, wow! Holy crap Terminator is awesome!
    – jathanism
    Aug 18, 2010 at 20:52
  • 3
    Holy crap I was about to post the same answer. Once you see the terminator you never go back to the puny gnome-terminal. Aug 18, 2010 at 21:17
  • Unfortunately layout of terminator saves horizontal and vertical console not the size of them. Anyone has a solution to save size of consoles?
    – SuB
    Dec 13, 2017 at 18:31

Both screen and byobu (which is just screen with some neat extras) allow you to use multiple windows within one session. For me they're must-have applications when I'm connecting via SSH.

See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Screen for more information on how to use screen.

  • 2
    Screen is the best option if you don't like terminal tabs. Aug 18, 2010 at 17:57

Yakuake is like Guake + Terminator: you get multiple tabs and split screen terminals, all in a quake drop-down. But it's a KDE application so if you're using Gnome, I would say Guake.


I also (in addition to terminator) use Guake sudo apt-get install guake. It is a quake-like console tool which is basically a tabbed terminal except it pops out when you press F12 and closes when you lose focus (if you configure it that way). I love it.


I don't see what the problem is. I just opened 5 terminal windows at the same time, no problem, by hitting ctrl+shift+n with the terminal open, or going to File > Open Terminal. I haven't done anything that would affect the terminal... This is pretty much right out of the box. Are you using 10.4?

  • 2
    Yeah, I'm not crazy... help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal#More ways to run a terminal See the "More Ways to Run a Terminal" section.
    – Daniel
    Aug 18, 2010 at 17:29
  • 1
    just be quite. :)
    – myusuf3
    Aug 18, 2010 at 17:47
  • I see... You want to use multiple terminal instances within one window. Uh... Why? What's the problem with multiple windows?
    – Daniel
    Aug 19, 2010 at 2:00

Just some alternatives out there:

Try a different terminal. I use urxvt-unicode (package name) and it has a much better tab layout/look imo.

Here's a page with a sample screenshot of the tabs in the upper corner: http://battlemidget.blogspot.com/2007/10/urxvt-fvwm.html

Secondly, you might consider a tiling window manager at some point. I'm a huge fan. You don't have to worry about laying out all those different terminals and just add/remove as you need them. I'm using AwesomeWM, but Xmodad is another really good one.

Quick youtube of someone using it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FUkmMeU3bU&feature=related


If what you want is to have many ssh/telnet connections to some machines, please, ty PAC (http://sourceforge.net/projects/pacmanager/) link text


Mutiplexing the terminal?

  1. sudo apt-get install guake
  2. sudo apt-get install tmux
  3. Open guake by pressing F12.
  4. Right click on the dropping window and then select Preferences.
  5. Select usr/bin/tmux in the only one select box.
  6. In my case, I have to close and re-open guake.

So now you have guake with multiple window display and several other tools.

Ctrl+B and then % for vertical splitting. Ctrl+B and then " for horizontal splitting.

  • "the only one select box" -- what does that mean? Sep 7, 2021 at 17:55

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.