While your terminal emulator of choice depends a lot on personal preference, it’s quite clear that the most powerful terminal emulator on Linux is the feature-filled Terminator.
- Provides a fully-functional command line interface (CLI) for Linux
- Arrange terminals in a grid
- Open multiple sessions in tabs
- Drag and drop re-ordering of terminals
- Lots of configurable keyboard shortcuts
- Save multiple layouts and profiles in the preferences
- Simultaneous typing to arbitrary groups of terminals
- Customisable visual style
If you want something really lightweight, you’ll definitely want to check out xterm or its even more lightweight, less configurable counterpart, rxvt. Neither gives you quite the feature set of the above terminal emulators, but they’re perfect for low-powered systems where you don’t need a tonne of options.
Lastly, we love Quake-style drop-down terminals like Guake (for GNOME) and Yakuake (for KDE). In the style of the Quake video game, these terminals drop down from the top of your screen with a quick keystroke, hiding in the background until you need it. It’s perfect for when you need a terminal quickly to just run a few commands — the convenience of having it at your constant beck and call is unparallelled.
Got a favourite terminal emulator we didn’t mention? Share it with us in the comments.
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