Is it possible to install Pantheon terminal from elementary OS on my Ubuntu 14.04 or newer LTS releases? If yes, how can I?

  • Why do you want to install it? Do you want the default Terminal to look like it? Nov 20, 2014 at 16:43

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You can install it by running:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pantheon-terminal

The ppa:elementary/stable is recommended for LTS releases of Ubuntu.

The ppa:elementary/daily may be used for any currently supported releases of Ubuntu and has the newest and most unstable development of elementary. The Daily PPA is subject to critical bugs and should not be used except for testing purpose only.

Do note that, since Pantheon often uses a different version of GTK than Ubuntu (especially with LTS), this may impact your system with broader impact (IE: Gnome issues), so thar be dragons

  • Hm, no longer seems to work. Can't find the package.
    – mlissner
    Jan 27, 2017 at 5:42
  • As per suggested edit, I have indeed clarified that pantheon-terminal does exist on both PPAs at Launchpad.net. The elementary Stable PPA should be preferred for tested stable releases.
    – user37165
    Feb 19, 2019 at 8:13
  • Tested installation of pantheon-terminal in Xubuntu 16.04. Just works; make sure to enable compositor, otherwise user will see a big black box appear in the background.
    – user37165
    Mar 6, 2019 at 17:45

Pantheon terminal requires gtk >= 3.12, but Ubuntu 14.04 comes with gtk 3.10

So at the moment it is not installable unless you want to add gnome3 staging ppa, which is not recommended and will probably break your system.

  • This is apparently still valid. The dependency error is seen when trying to install from the Stable PPA: libgranite3:i386 depends on libgtk-3-0 (>= 3.12) on 14.04 release.
    – user37165
    Feb 19, 2019 at 8:56

In case you want your Terminal to look like Elementary OS' terminal, do the following -

Go to Edit -> Profile Preferences

Go to the Colors tab and uncheck Use Colors from System Theme

From the Built-in Schemes drop down menu, select White on Black

Go to the Background tab and select Transparent Background

Adjust the slider below according to your preference. Around 75% should look good.

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    He didn't ask about making the terminal look like Pantheon, he actually wants Pantheon. May 17, 2015 at 22:53

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