10 terminal emulators for your system


Use of El the terminal in Linux is essential at any time so it is almost impossible not to depend on it. ANDThere are different terminal emulators with which we can work within our favorite distribution.

Inside of theThe different types of terminal that we are going to mention on this occasion You will be able to find some of the best known, generally those that we find within desktop environments.

We'll start with the terminal provided by the Gnome guys.

Gnome terminal

Gnome terminal

Similar to xterm terminal emulator since it has a large number of similar characteristics. Some of the most important include:

  • Colored text
  • mouse event handling (although somewhat limited)
  • URL detection based on underlining the text it detects as a url or some email address.

This terminal is found within the Gnome desktop environment.



This terminal personally pleases me a lot since its design is quite attractive to what we can commonly find within the others. It has tabs to be able to work with several sessions at the same time, it also has sudo paste protection, smart copy / paste.

This terminal is found within the Elementary OS desktop environment.



Guake is a terminal that has been designed for Gnome, but can be used in any other environment without problems, Its Guake It is in Guake 3 version At the moment, which has been completely written in GTK3, which provides us with the following characteristics:

  • Lightweight
  • Appears when you call and disappears once you're done by pressing a predefined hotkey (F12 by default)
  • Compiz transparency support
  • Multiple monitor support (open on specific monitor, open on mouse monitor)



Yakuake you can find it within the KDE Plasma desktop environment, this is a pop-up terminal like Guake, which pressing f12 opens automatically. It supports tabs, has skins, customizable animations and size adjustments.



It is the terminal that has the LXDE desktop environment by default, the appearance of this terminal is quite basic, as well as the functions it can provide.



This terminal It is the one that we find by default within KDE, this terminal supports multiple tabs, has support for the functions of copying, pasting, cutting, dragging text and more.



This is one of the most well-known terminals since it is one of the ones with the longest support, was used for the X Window System although its origin is prior to this. It usually doesn't have a menu bar. To access the three xterm menus, users hold down the control key and press the left, middle, or right mouse button.

Support can be compiled for a "toolbar", which invokes the same menus.


Eterm is a vt102 color terminal emulator for the X Window System, primarily programmed by Michael Jennings. It is designed by and for Enlightenment. This terminal is highly configurable and there are a large number of themes available to customize it.



I could not ignore this terminal that I like a lot thanks to one of its greatest characteristics and that is that unlike the other terminals that support multiple tabs, terminator supports several terminals at the same time, if so, within the same window from the terminal we can run and work with another terminal simultaneously.



It is a terminal quite similar to Terminator. Tmux executes a series of terminals on which we can work under the same window, these terminals each run independently and in this way not interfering with each other in the process. These have the possibility of being able to dock or undock from the same window, giving us the ability to computer them in a personalized way.
If you know of any other terminal that deserves to be mentioned, do not hesitate to share it with us.

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  1.   bl00p1ng said

    Tilix is ​​also an excellent terminal. How much with a drop-down terminal mode (guake style). And it also has support to work with multiple terminals in the same window and to be able to manage them thanks to its graphical interface

  2.   Bertin Osborne said

    Termite missing

  3.   alexander robayo said

    terminator is excellent !!!