Best Terminal Emulators For Linux

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Linux system administrators generally prefer to work with command llne. While working with command line a terminal emulator should be used. There are a lot of terminal emulators alternatively in Linux. In this post we will look different flavor Linux terminal emulator. Their pros and cons

Terminator Linux Terminal

Terminator is created by Chris Jones.  Terminator is inspired by Gnome Terminal. The ultimate and most useful feature of terminator is splitting tabs into horizontal and vertical parts. This feature gives ability to work multiple panes in a single tab/window. Grid layouts can be saved as profile and can be used in the future.

  • Terminals as grid single tab
  • Tabs
  • Drag&drop terminals
  • Save grid layout as profile.
Terminator

Terminator

Tilda

Tilda is different type of Linux terminal which behaves different from main terminals. Tilda is simplistic terminal. Tilda can be run in a little area of the desktop and can be moved up down , right to left with keyboard shortcuts. Tilda has auto hide feature where it will be hide if mouse focus is lost. As we see Tilda is strange but very useful Terminal Emulator in some situations.

  • Highly customizeable
  • Keyboard shortcuts
Tilda

Tilda

Guake

Guake is a drop down Linux terminal provided by GNOME desktop environment. Guake is alternative for KDE drop-down terminal Yakuake. Guake generally started at login and can be access with F2 . This makes terminal usage very fast and funny. Guake terminal size can be set according to needs. For example it can be used only on the upper half of the desktop.

  • Drop down fast access
  • Multi desktop usage
  • Size configuration
Guake

Guake

Yakuake

Like Guake Yakuake is a drop down terminal and provided by KDE or Plasma desktop environment. Yakuake have more features than counterpart Guake. Yakuake give the ability to sort tabs with keyboard shortcuts. Yakuake can be accessed with F2 from all desktops as single instance. Yakuake also supports multi tab.

  • Drop down fast access
  • Multi desktop usage
  • Size configuration
  • Tab sort
Yakuake

Yakuake

ROXTerm

ROXTerm is developed as alternative to the Gnome Terminal. The aim of the ROXTerm project is provide smaller footprint and faster start-up time. So ROXTerm uses different libraries than Gnome Terminal. ROXTerm  provides most of the featured of Gnome Terminal and some extra features for power users.

  • Fast
  • Extra features for power users
  • Drag& Drop
ROXTerm

ROXTerm

ETerm

ETerm is one of the lightest Linux terminal emulator in Linux world. It is designed freedom of chose philosophy and gives ability to customize its features. ETerm has support for Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, FreeBSD.

  • Light
  • Platform support
  • Customization
ETerm

ETerm

Rxvt

Rxvt is slimmed down alternative to the xterm. It has some interesting features like Tektronix 4014 emulation and toolkit-style configuration.

  • Simple
Rxvt

Rxvt

Termite

Termite is simple RS232 terminal. Termite provides messenger like interface for usage. It can be used with COM ports. It supports plugin interface, non-standard baud rate, data forward between RS232

  • RS232 support
Termite

Termite

Wterm

WTerm is a color V102 Linux terminal emulator developed for X Window System. It can use background image and setting for transparency. It has support for Latin, Chinese, Greek and Kanji character sets.

Wterm

Wterm

LXTerminal

LXTerminal is official terminal provided by LXDE desktop environment as Linux terminal. LXDE is lightweight and fast terminal with average features.

  • Tabs support
  • Hiding menu bar
  • Color scheme support
LXTerminal

LXTerminal

Konsole Linux Terminal

Konsole is powerful terminal emulator provided y KDE or Plasma desktop environment. Konsole supports multiple profiles to use and save. Different encoding schemas like UTF-8, ASCII etc. It has also interesting feature named Bookmark where current path can be saved.

  • Create, save and load profiles
  • Encoding support
  • Bookmarks
  • Rich shortcut support
Konsole

Konsole

TermKit

TermKit is interesting terminal emulator. It is developed with WebKit and Node.js but runs as desktop application. TermKit is supported in Mac, Windows and Linux. It is currently not maintained

TermKit

TermKit

st

St stands for simple terminal. St is old type and ugly terminal according to its home page. It implements old and unneeded terminals but have also UTF8 and serial line support.

st

st

Gnome Terminal

Gnome Terminal is official terminal of Gnome desktop environment. Gnome terminal has been an influence for a lot of terminals as we have looked. Gnome terminal have profile support for different needs. It also supports colored text. Gnome terminal can parse and create links for urls. As always also supports multiple tabs.

  • Profile support
  • Multi tab
  • Link support
GNOME Terminal

GNOME Terminal

Final Term

Final term is another normal terminal provides support for semantic text menus, smart command completion and GUI terminal controls

Final Term

Final Term

Terminology

Terminology is official terminal of Enlightenment desktop environment. It has interesting features as a terminal emulator. Terminology understands url links and email addresses also play video.

  • Light
  • Video playing
  • Url, file path, email support
Terminology

Terminology

XFCE4 Terminal

Xfce terminal is official terminal emulator of Xfce4 desktop environment. Xfce Terminal have support for coloring, multiple tabs and drop-down feature similar to yakuake

  • Coloring
  • Multiple tabs
  • Drop-down behaivour
XFCE4 Terminal

XFCE4 Terminal

Xterm

Xterm is terminal emulator very lightweight. I has color mode and support for different character sets. It has also VT220 emulator support.

Xterm

Xterm

Lilyterm

Likyterm is terminal emulator based on libvte with the aim of being fast and lightweight. It supports terminal coloring and multiple tabs. Also different encoding like UTF-8, ASCII is supported. Hyperlink support is an other feature of Lilyterm

  • Multiple tabs
  • Color support
  • Lightweight
Lilyterm

Lilyterm

Sakura

Sakura is a terminal based GTK and VTE. It have little dependencies so there is no need to install Gnome desktop environment. Sakura uses several terminals in one window an a contextual menu.

Sakura

Sakura

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