Please suggest a terminal application for Ubuntu desktop which meets the following requirements:

  1. Paste via Right Mouse Click (without showing the context menu)
  2. Copy via Mouse selection.
  3. Solarized color scheme.

With current one "GNOME Terminal v3.6.0" it is not possible.
Or suggest a way to improve Gnome Terminal.

P.S. Why I dislike the "selection buffer" behavior. For example, I have in a text editor the word "command" and in terminal window command ls -la and I want to replace that word in Text Editor onto the command from terminal.

The selection buffer is not suitable in that case because when you will select "command" in the text editor to replace it you will have "command" in "selection buffer". So you will paste "command" instead of "command" :). You could only select ls -la and paste it after "command" via Middle Mouse Click and remove "command" after it. Too many clicks.

That is why I want to use "Clipboard" for that instead of "selection buffer".

Select with mouse -> Right Mouse Click -> Select in Context Menu Copy -> Left Mouse Click on that menu item - also too much clicks.

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    It is actually possible to copy and paste using mouse in gnome-terminal 3.6. Please elaborate, if you mean something else. – green Apr 15 '13 at 10:33
  • @green7 yes. it is possible. via "selection buffer" But I want via "Clipboard" and using RMC instead of MMC. If there is no terminal emulator with such functionality. I'll try to use MMC. Or will code. – denys Apr 15 '13 at 10:42
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    I can do it in my computer. What doesn't work is CTRL+C, as this has a special meaning in the terminal. You can use SHIFT+CTRL+C to copy text or select it, rigth click and select copy. – Javier Rivera Apr 15 '13 at 10:47
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    @denys Have you tried clipboard managers, like clipit? You can get it from Software Center. – Basharat Sialvi Apr 15 '13 at 11:22

GNOME Terminal has the above functionalities.

In case you didn't know, in most terminal emulators:

  • Copy text: Ctrl + Shift + c
  • Past text: Ctrl + Shift + v

Have a look at these great alternatives


Simple, GTK+ pop-up terminal - https://github.com/lanoxx/tilda

Tilda terminal emulator sreenshot Install via the software center


GTK+ popup terminal. Great multi-monitor support. - https://github.com/Guake/guake

Guake sreenshot Install via the software center

Check out Yakuake for a Qt/KDE alternative.


Feature rich terminal using the EFL toolkit. https://www.enlightenment.org/about-terminology

Terminology sreenshot

WebUpd8 article about Terminology


There is one more terminal application you can install & the includes with many features . It's named as terminator.

you can install it with

sudo apt-get install terminator

in your terminal with CTRL+ALT+T

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Guake is a GREAT emulator. You can install it with:

sudo apt-get install guake
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    why the vote down? – black sensei Sep 12 '13 at 13:59
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    @Seth , Ryan, and black sensei, can you explain a little bit about guake features, please? – Santosa Sandy Feb 28 '14 at 8:24
  • I like guake.. nice terminal – xxbinxx Aug 17 '15 at 7:31
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    @Ryan: Why are you pleased with it, yet not a fan personally? – jvriesem Sep 18 '15 at 15:47
  • Not the nicest name though; "Guake"... ugh. – MarsAndBack Mar 7 at 19:10

Guake + Byobu with tmux [+ zsh + oh-my-zsh + themes + plugins]

As I said here and here, I'm a happy user of Guake with Byobu inside it, which by default use tmux (better than screen).

  1. Install and enable: sudo apt install guake byobu && byobu-enable

  2. Add it to available shells: which byobu | sudo tee -a /etc/shells.

  3. On Guake preferences (guake-prefs) choose Byobu as the default interpreter: image

    Or dconf write /apps/guake/general/default-shell "'/usr/bin/byobu'"

  4. Uncheck "Show tab bar", since you will use Byobu for that:


    Or dconf write /apps/guake/general/window-tabbar false

Other suggestions

  • Learn shortcuts with Shift+F1, this excellent screencast or this great cheat-sheet.

  • Learn available byobu terminal commands with apropos byobu

    • By default byobu uses tmux as backend (you can use tmux shortcuts!). If you hate yourself change it with byobu-select-backend.
  • To use fn keys on Midnight Commander use Alt+ or Shift+F12 to disable byobu F-keys.

  • If a shortcut doesn't work try disabling Guake ones that might interfere (in my case was Ctrl+F2 for vertical split): screenshot

    Or dconf write /apps/guake/keybindings/local/switch-tab2 "'disabled'"

  • I changed local byobu/tmux escape sequence (F9) to Ctrl + h so it doesn't interfere with tmux on a remote server.

Issue with F12 to toggle visibility on Wayland? Add a shortcut to --toggle-visibility.

zsh + oh-my-zsh + themes + plugins

Just that would be total happiness, but you can also:

  • Install zsh (sudo apt install zsh) and switch shell from bash on Byobu, and/or chsh -s $(which zsh) (making ZSH the Default Shell).

  • Even more? Install oh-my-zsh (steroids for zsh):

    sudo apt install curl && sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh)"
  • zsh with oh-my-zsh becomes very powerful and beautiful with plugins and themes.

    • Plugins I like:
      • Productivity: autojump colored-man-pages command-not-found extract zsh-history-substring-search pass taskwarrior web-search.
      • Build tools: docker git github
    • Themes I like: agnoster, awesomepanda, blinks, gallois.

(in below screenshot I wasn't using zsh yet) screenshot

See also

  • Starship: The minimal, blazing-fast, and infinitely customizable prompt for any shell!
  • CLI improved
  • This is the one I was looking for. I went through this, and it was a hell of a ride! Thank you for such a complete and detailed yet concise answer, accompanied with the necessary links. – ali14 Mar 12 '20 at 0:21

In any circumstance, I would suggest Simple Terminal (completely customizable look. Cozy and good-looking.) and I3WM. I3WM is cozy, but you must know what to look for. I3 is a dual-boot. It is a window manager that enhances performance and accessibility of you Linux distribution. Ubuntu 18.04 has the files for it pre-downloaded. To install it,sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get install i3. If this does not work, try

$ /usr/lib/apt/apt-helper download-file http://dl.bintray.com/i3/i3-autobuild-ubuntu/pool/main/i/i3-autobuild-keyring/i3-autobuild-keyring_2016.10.01_all.deb keyring.deb SHA256:460e8c7f67a6ae7c3996cc8a5915548fe2fee9637b1653353ec62b954978d844
$ sudo apt install ./keyring.deb
$ sudo echo 'deb http://dl.bintray.com/i3/i3-autobuild-ubuntu bionic main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/i3-autobuild.list
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install i3

Now for Simple Terminal (ST)

You can download the files for ST from https://st.suckless.org/. To install: click on the Archive Manager. Choose the ST file that you have downloaded. Now click unpack. Then, go to your terminal (the GNOME one.) and CD to it with cd /home/YOURUSERNAME/Desktp/st-0.8.2. Then, install it with xdg-open INSTALL. Fianlly,

sudo make && make install

For Copy and paste you can do it even without a mouse to do this:

  • Copy: ctrl + shift + c
  • Paste: ctrl + shift + v

And I recommend you to use terminator and then install "Oh my zsh" on it it will make your terminal better and beautiful and with installing packages on it, it'll give you nice features like auto-completion and... for downloading terminator :

sudo apt install terminator

and for installing zsh :

sudo apt-get install zsh

Build from source for newer versions: (Firstly, download build-zsh.sh)

chmod +x build-zsh.sh

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