How do I move and resize the xfce4-terminal by command line?

The problem is that the command echo -ne '\e[3;0;0t' does not re-position my xfce4-terminal and has no apparent affect. man xfce4-terminal and other answers suggest it should.

xfce4-terminal emulates the xterm application developed by the X Consortium. In turn, the xterm application emulates the DEC VT102 terminal and also supports the DEC VT220 escape sequences.



The goal is to write a script that creates a few terminals and sets up my working environment without needing to click and resize my terminals to my comfort.

What does work is echo -ne '\e[8;40;80t' which the causes the terminal to resize correctly. So why not moving the window?

Other information that I am unsure may affect anything:

I have tried other numbers such as the sequence '\e[3;100;100t' but nothing seems to relocate the terminal window.

I am actually running ubuntu and installed and launch with xfce4 after unity started having issues from an update.

xfce4-terminal 0.6.3 (Xfce 4.10)


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The man page for xfce4-terminal specifies using the --geometry option to set the size and placement of a terminal.

This flag uses the options "-geometry WIDTHxHEIGHT+XOFF+YOFF (where WIDTH, HEIGHT, XOFF, and YOFF are numbers) for specifying a preferred size and location for this application's main window."

Refer to the "Geometry Specifications" section of the man page for X (man X).

Here are several examples of xterm placement:

  1. Place a short and wide terminal window on upper left-hand side of the display:

    xfce4-terminal --geometry 140x20+50+50

  2. Place a square terminal window in the lower left-hand corner of the display:

    xfce4-terminal --geometry 100x40+40+500

  3. Place a square terminal window in the upper right-hand corner of the display:

    xfce4-terminal --geometry 100x40+1500+40

  4. Place a short and wide terminal window on lower right-hand side of the display:

    xfce4-terminal --geometry 140x20+1500+500

If you would like to make this setting permanent, follow these instructions:

"copy the terminal launcher (terminal's .desktop file) from /usr/share/applications/ to ~/.local/share/applications/ and edit the Exec field accordingly" as mentioned in the answer here.

  • This is ok, but I don't really think this 'fully' answer's the OP's question. This obviously works for spawning new terminals (with the --geometry flag, so +1 for that part) but how can you resize/move the current terminal? I have found resize -s <rows> <cols> also works, but I can't find how to re-position the current terminal (lets say while a script is running so opening a new terminal is not really an option.).... is it possible? Dec 7, 2017 at 8:32

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