This is cool: http://osxdaily.com/2011/01/27/the-ultimate-retro-terminal-cathode/

Are there any similar applications for Ubuntu?

  • Are you looking for the grainy, discolored look? Or do you just want to change the colors? You can change the colors to black and green in Terminal preferences. – Kris Harper Oct 27 '11 at 16:11
  • the grainy discolored look... – pedrorolo Oct 27 '11 at 16:41
  • @root45 Cathode is much more than just a color scheme. Look at the animated effects in this screencast. – ændrük Nov 8 '11 at 3:52

There is a new (actually one year old) terminal emulator project that does exactly what you want: cool-retro-term (and I agree, it's really cool!).

Ubuntu users can install it from this ppa: ppa:bugs-launchpad-net-falkensweb/cool-retro-term or compile it from source:

sudo apt-get install build-essential qmlscene qt5-qmake qt5-default qtdeclarative5-dev qtdeclarative5-controls-plugin qtdeclarative5-qtquick2-plugin libqt5qml-graphicaleffects qtdeclarative5-dialogs-plugin qtdeclarative5-localstorage-plugin qtdeclarative5-window-plugin
git clone --recursive https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term.git
cd cool-retro-term
qmake && make
  • Yes it is! But probably not for every day use :D – RiddleMeThis Jun 17 '15 at 18:05
  • Although your answer is 100% correct, it might also become 100% useless if that link is moved, changed, merged into another one or the main site just disappears... :-( Therefore, please edit your answer, and copy the relevant steps from the link into your answer, thereby guaranteeing your answer for 100% of the lifetime of this site! ;-) You can always leave the link in at the bottom of your answer as a source for your material... – Fabby Jun 17 '15 at 18:26
  • Ok, maybe it is for everyday use, it's badass! – RiddleMeThis Jun 17 '15 at 18:30
  • @Fabby you're right, i just provided some installation details! – Lapinot Jun 17 '15 at 18:49
  • Much better! Upvoted! ;-) – Fabby Jun 17 '15 at 18:51

There are none like Cathode for Ubuntu. It's an OSX thing.

  • Their FAQ says "Any plans for a Linux port? One day, but not yet." Also, the apple2 module of the xscreensaver package can be used as a terminal emulator (most likely you'll need the real package and not the stripped one that Ubuntu distributes). – Dennis Williamson May 1 '12 at 2:30
  • Actually when I said "Ubuntu" I meant "Gnome". – Dennis Williamson May 1 '12 at 2:38
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    Happily, the apple2 screensaver works fine: install the xscreensaver-data-extra package and then run as: /usr/lib/xscreensaver/apple2 -text -fast -program bash – sil Jun 30 '12 at 11:16

From sil's comment:

Happily, the apple2 screensaver works fine: install the xscreensaver-data-extra package and then run as: /usr/lib/xscreensaver/apple2 -text -fast -program bash

(I copied this into a separate answer because being just a comment I almost miss it. It's just too amazing that this existed for such a long time and very little people knew about it.)


I am big fan of cathode look. But there is no terminal out their made specifically keeping cathode/vintage terminal in mind.

I installed Yakuake (terminal dropdown emulator) and it had the option of customizing its appearance. Select the Green on Black option. This is not so bad.

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I guess every terminal, even the one that comes default with Ubuntu have customizing properties. You can always choose a green font,a black backgroud and voilaa!!


I've just stumbled upon terminology, which is the terminal shipping with the enlightenment window manager. It's defaults already have a quite nice retro feel and it is available in the ubuntu main repo.

apt install terminology

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