Here how my terminal look, it's ugly. and I want to restore it to the Purple background with the gray test color. Like the default installation.

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  • What terminal is it? gnome-terminal? Or any other emaulator?
    – Byte Commander
    Feb 17, 2015 at 12:20
  • @ByteCommander I'd bet it is terminator.
    – muru
    Feb 17, 2015 at 12:50
  • Never used terminator. I always stuck to the Gnome Terminal Emulator and was happy with it... So if that is the case, I'm out.
    – Byte Commander
    Feb 17, 2015 at 12:54

2 Answers 2


It looks like you are using Terminator which is not the default ubuntu terminal application.

You can try and find the default terminal by Searching for it in the Launcher (Can be opened using the Super Key (Usually with a windows logo on).

Or you can run


from your current command line.

If neither of these work then for some reason it has been uninstalled

To install it run

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install gnome-terminal

The last option if you are absolutely stuck is do do a right click then preferences to edit the colour scheme to what you want it to be.

If you can boot it from the terminal but not the launcher, let me know so that I can create a desktop icon for you so that you can start it without using a terminal if you don't know how to do it.


Don't give up on Terminator so easily. It is more powerful than GNOME Terminal by a mile. To set the background:

  1. Right click on the terminal area (anywhere in the black area), and click on Preferences.
  2. Click on the Profiles tab, and then in the Colours sub tab: enter image description here
  3. Either make sure Use colours from system theme is selected, or if it is already selected, uncheck it and set custom colours.

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