I am using terminator as my terminal. Currently its title always comes prefixed with raj@raj-Lenovo which is my username and host. SO if I cd ~/test. It would show raj@raj-Lenovo ~/test as the title.It makes it difficult to read the entire title when I alt+Tab. Is there anyway to change the prefix permanently? It would just show ~/test. I couldnt find it through GUI.


Most terminal emulators have an option to set the title bar default text, and it should work for terminator too.

Maybe this what you want?

PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -en "\033]0; $("pwd") \a"'

It should change the title automatically even when you add new tab. See this link


and if it works you can modify the Exec line in the corresponding desktop file.

  • where do i find the Exec line? – rajeevmaash Jan 4 '17 at 17:41
  • This sets the title permanantly to Hello World . But what I like is to just remove raj@Lenovo from title. Still have my working directory in title. – rajeevmaash Jan 4 '17 at 17:44
  • 1. I have not installed terminator, so I am not sure, but I think you should find the file via this command: find /usr/share -name terminator.desktop I find the desktop files of 'my' terminal emulators with corresponding commands. 2. You can check at this link: askubuntu.com/questions/774532/… but I am not sure that it works for terminator. – sudodus Jan 4 '17 at 18:21
  • But this permanantly changes the title. Thats not what I want. – rajeevmaash Jan 4 '17 at 19:53
  • Maybe this what you want? PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -en "\033]0; $("pwd") \a"' – sudodus Jan 4 '17 at 20:02

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