Do you use the terminal emulator that comes by default with your operating system? There are many terminal emulators available and you may discover what will be your next terminal application.

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Desktop defaults

Konsole (KDE)

Features:

  • Tabs
  • Multiple profiles
  • Split view
  • Silence and Activity monitoring
  • Bookmark support
  • Searching
  • Saving output

Konsole

Konsole

Terminal (GNOME)

Basic terminal with tabs support. GNOME is working on a new terminal called Console, but, at the moment of this writing, is still in beta.

GNOME Terminal

Terminal (XFCE)

A lightweight and easy to use terminal emulator application with many features:

  • Tabs
  • Unlimited scrolling
  • Full colors
  • Transparent backgrounds

XFCE Terminal

MATE Terminal

It’s a fork of GNOME terminal, with profile, tabs support.

MATE Terminal

Other

Alacritty

Alacritty is a modern terminal emulator that comes with sensible defaults, but allows for extensive configuration. Considered a beta application at this moment.

Alacritty

Blackbox

Features:

  • Theming
  • Custom fonts
  • Tabs
  • Headerbarless mode
  • Available on Flatpak

BlackBox

Kitty

The fast, feature-rich, GPU based terminal emulator.

Kitty

Terminator

Multiple GNOME terminals in one window. You can put terminals into groups, which allows you to control multiple terminals simultaneously.

Terminator

Tilix

Tilix is an advanced GTK3 tiling terminal emulator that follows the Gnome Human Interface Guidelines:

  • Custom links
  • Drag and drop
  • Image support
  • Multiple panes
  • Notifications
  • Persistent layouts

Tilix

Cool Retro Term

cool-retro-term is a terminal emulator which mimics the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens.

Cool Retro Term

xterm

Very basic (and lightweight) X terminal emulator.

xterm

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