What is the name of the executable for the Ubuntu Terminal program? I want to launch a terminal from within another terminal. For example inside an XTerm I can write: xterm& How do you do that for the Ubuntu default terminal emulator?


The name of the package is gnome-terminal

Here is a page with all of the switches you can use along with it


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    Thanks - don't know why I can't accept this answer as correct immediately. Having to wait 8 minutes is rediculous. – resigned May 14 '15 at 19:20

Just this command will do:


Normally if you want a command to open from the terminal and separate (so it returns to the prompt without having to close the opened program), you have to use something like this:

gnome-terminal & disown

However the parent terminal seems to detect that the same command is being used so you don't need to do that and gnome-terminal will suffice. This also seems to happen when running xfce4-terminal from Xfce's terminal, konsole from KDE's as well (doesn't seem to work when running xterm from xterm - Running konsole from Gnome/Unity & Xfce's terminal works as well, but for Xfce's terminal in gnome terminal you need xfce4-terminal & disown).

For more visit gnome-terminal's manual page:

 gnome-terminal  [-e,  --command=STRING]   [-x, --execute ]  [--window-with-profile=PROFILENAME]  [--tab-with-profile=PRO‐
       FILENAME]    [--window-with-profile-internal-id=PROFILEID]    [--tab-with-profile-internal-id=PROFILEID]    [--role=ROLE]
       [--show-menubar]   [--hide-menubar]   [--geometry=GEOMETRY]   [--disable-factory]  [-t, --title=TITLE]  [--working-direc‐
       tory=DIRNAME]  [--usage]  [-?, --help]


  • Good. But also might wanna include redirecting output of stderr – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy May 15 '15 at 5:25

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