I have the following packages installed:

  • gedit
  • gedit-common
  • gedit-plugins

In Ubuntu 12.04 with these packages installed all that was needed was to activate the terminal plugin and the press Ctrl+F9 to show the bottom panel. This isn't the case with Ubuntu 13.10 (Gedit 3.8.3) and I can't figure out how to do it.

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After you are sure that gedit-plugins is installed, (re)open gedit and navigate to EditPreferences and select Plugins tab. Here you must to tick Embedded Terminal. Then when you will press Ctrl+F9, a terminal will appear in bottom pane:

Embedded terminal in gedit

  • I wrote in the question that this doesn't work in the Gedit version I'm using (3.8.3). Ctrl+F9 doesn't do a thing. Nov 2, 2013 at 21:55
  • @LuísdeSousa Well, I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 and that screen shoot was taken from Gedit 3.8.3. Try to reinstall Gedit. Nov 2, 2013 at 21:58
  • I have re-installed Gedit. Ctrl+F9 still doesn't work, but now the Tools menu is gone. How can I get it back? Nov 3, 2013 at 8:12
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    @LuísdeSousa How did you reinstalled? Use: sudo apt-get purge gedit* to uninstall everything related to gedit. Then install using sudo apt-get install gedit gedit-common gedit-plugins Nov 3, 2013 at 8:31
  • I did something similar, but I tried again the way you suggest. Still I have no Tools menu nor the Bottom Panel. Is there any other version of GEdit packaged for 13.10? Nov 3, 2013 at 17:14

A more detailed answer from:

Gedit Plug-ins

Use gedit external terminal plug-in

You can use gedit with terminal plugin. The steps are fairly straight-forward:

  1. Enable "Universe" repository
  2. Install gedit-plugins
  3. Activate "Embedded Terminal"
  4. Use Ctrl+F9 to open terminal
  5. Other gedit plug-ins

Step 1. Enable "Universe" repository

The first step is to ensure Universe repository is activated from Settings->Software & Updates->Ubuntu Software and ensure the third option is checked:

gedit plugins repository.png

Step 2. Install gedit-plugins

Install gedit-plugs with the command:

sudo apt install gedit-plugins

Step 3. Activate "Embedded Terminal"

Open gedit (don't use sudo) and select Edit->Preferences->Plugins and check off Embedded Terminal:

gedit embedded terminal.png

Step 4. Use Ctrl+F9 to open terminal

In the GIF below we use Ctrl+F9 to get a tiny window with the command prompt. Use the mouse to click and drag the dividing line up to reveal an approximate size of 24x80.

The colors are dreadful! (with default gedit color scheme). I was just learning this as creating the answer so my mouse movements are slow below...

gedit open terminal.gif

Step 5. Other gedit plug-ins

As mentioned in Step 4., you can grab the separator bar to make the terminal window bigger. Here's what it looks like in a normal picture ((not a GIF).

There are three other plug-ins I currently use in the gedit coding window:

  • plug-in to display 80 character cut-off with different background color
  • plug-in to display entire document in thumbnail you can drag to quickly go to code section
  • Highlight matching brackets

Additionally there is an external add-on I'd like to install for shellcheck linter / checker that shows bash code errors. I haven't searched for a lint checker for other languages but obviously you can enter gcc and other commands directly into gedit terminal window.

gedit teriminal line wrap.png

For further reading please see:

  1. Install gedit-plugins and gedit-developer-plugins from Ubuntu Software Center.

  2. From within the Text Editor (gedit) application go to EditPreferencesPluginsEmbedded Terminal.

  3. Restart gedit and after that just press Ctrl+F9 and you will get a terminal embedded in gedit.

I tried this in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

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