How can I select all the text in a Terminator terminal? Ctrl-Shift-A does not work.

  • try to use Screen
    – Maraboc
    Nov 12, 2015 at 13:25
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    So, it seems this feature is still missing. Has anyone requested for it to be added to the next version of Terminator?
    – yuranos
    Mar 17, 2017 at 8:35

7 Answers 7


I don't have the menu bar, nor the option to show it. So I have this workaround:

  1. Shift + Home
  2. Select the first line
  3. Shift + End
  4. Shift + click on the last character
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    This should be the accepted answer.
    – Osolong
    Oct 3, 2019 at 19:16
  • I would have never figured out the shift + click part. Thanks you! Mar 11 at 23:17
  • This works for the regular terminal as well as with Terminator !!
    – cdahms
    Jun 18 at 17:43

The quickest way to select all / select specific text in Gnome Terminator:

  1. Click at the start of the text you want to select
  2. Scroll the window to the end of the text you want select
  3. Shift + click the end of your selection
  4. All text between your first click and your last Shift + click is now selected
  5. Then you can Ctrl + Shift + C your selection out of there

It's not a keyboard shortcut, but it's a lot faster than click-and-drag to select text, that's for sure.


Your select all is disabled by default.

  1. Go to Menu->Preferences->Shortcuts
  2. From Edit selection choose "Select All"
  3. Then to assign press Ctrl+Shift+A
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    I am surprised built-in solution doesn't get more recognition. It works for me in Gnome Terminal 3.36.2 (in Ubuntu 20.04.02 LTS). Is this a recent addition to Gnome Terminal? May 12, 2021 at 19:35
  • To do this, with my default settings (U21.04, 3.38.1): 2. In Edit selection, doubleclick "Select All". Singleclick just hangs there
    – Joe Kul
    Jan 10 at 13:33
  • @Joe Kul Press the keys. Simulate. Process number #3 above. Jan 11 at 10:22

No Shortcut, use Mouse: click on Menu -> Select All

Only true for Program: Terminal

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    There is no Menu Bar in my Terminator window. In the Context/Right-Click Menu only Copy and Paste is available
    – bmm
    Nov 12, 2015 at 13:34
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    It seems it is not implemented: bugs.launchpad.net/terminator/+bug/1091960
    – koni_raid
    Nov 12, 2015 at 16:41
  • As bmm wrote, there is no menu bar in Terminator.
    – fadedbee
    Feb 22, 2019 at 8:38

I had the same goal and modified Thierry Ds copyall-Terminator-Plugin to be just a select-all.

Install and activation:

  • copy selectall.py into /usr/share/terminator/terminatorlib/plugins/
  • restart terminator to discover the new plugin
  • in terminator:
    • right-click->Preferences
    • switch to Plugins tab
    • select SelectAll
    • click Close

Now you can Select-All by: right-click->Select all

Perhaps I should add a shortcut as well.

  • Is there a way to attach a keyboard shortcut to plugin actions? Struggling to find documentation
    – jberryman
    Jun 23, 2019 at 3:04
  • From what I've seen at first sight, I don't think that is currently possible. Jun 23, 2019 at 6:41
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    @EnnoGröper You have mixed tabs and spaces in selectall.py. Specifically, before terminal.vte.select_all() line you have a tab instead of spaces. May 31, 2020 at 15:49
  • @previous_developer Thanks for the hint. Fixed it. Jun 2, 2020 at 5:58
  • Groping for a long time, finally this solved :good:
    – yurenchen
    Aug 15, 2020 at 18:14
  1. Right click at terminal
  2. In menu check: Show menubar
  3. In the menubar: Edit->Select All
  4. Right click at terminal: Copy
  • This process copies ONLY current "terminal" page.
    – user580382
    Jun 3, 2019 at 0:47

(This depends on terminal/distro - what worked for me with huge output):

start selecting with mouse and then press PgUp/PgDn

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