I'm using Terminator as my terminal. Is there a built-in way to find/search through the output backlog? I'm not looking for grep and piping a command, or piping into less or vim.


Terminator has a built-in search (ctrl-shift-f is the default keybinding), but it doesn't highlight the found text, which makes it fairly useless.

There's a bug open against terminator to fix this, but right now it's still unresolved:


  • You just made this account to answer this question, right? Thanks a lot. :) – simbabque May 18 '16 at 6:52
  • Happy to help. :-) I'm really hoping the terminator devs will be able to get this one fixed soon. It's a great program. – trapgate May 18 '16 at 20:49
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    Just started using terminator today.. I already ran into this and hope for the same. For ppl wanting this feature: go to the launchpad page, register, and click "This bug affects me" at the top of that page.. Though I don't hold great hopes, as that feature request is almost 10years old now.. :( – Emile Vrijdags Apr 28 '17 at 8:45
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    Stumbled upon this thread today: bug has status fix committed, so things are moving forward. Milestone: Terminator 2.1. – LAFK says Reinstate Monica May 21 '18 at 8:34

This actually has been resolved for terminator 2.1, yes good things do happen in 2020. However it's not on the repo yet, but you can clone the github terminator repo

And follow the steps form install guide

Basically it will take you to

git clone git@github.com:gnome-terminator/terminator.git

sudo apt-get install python3-gi python3-gi-cairo python3-psutil python3-configobj \ 
                gir1.2-keybinder-3.0 gir1.2-vte-2.91 gettext intltool dbus-x11

# In the folder where you've cloned the repo
python3 setup.py build
python3 setup.py install --single-version-externally-managed --record=install-files.txt

you should be able to spawn a terminal from that point by running from the folder where you've cloned the repo

python3 terminator

And have the desired search working


You can install latest version on ubuntu where the bug is solved

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mattrose/terminator
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install terminator

See https://github.com/gnome-terminator/terminator/blob/master/INSTALL.md

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