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9 of the Best Free Linux Terminal Emulators

9 of the Best Free Linux Terminal Emulators

A terminal emulator is computer software which emulates a dumb video terminal within some other display architecture.

The terminal window allows the user to access a console and all its applications such as command line interfaces (CLI) and text user interface software. Even with the sophistication of modern desktop environments packed with administrative tools, other utilities, and productivity software all sporting attractive graphical user interfaces, it remains the case that some tasks are still best undertaken with the command line.

Modern desktop environments come supplied with a number of terminal emulators already installed. In the case of GNOME, KDE, and XFCE (three popular desktop environments), the user is offered GNOME Terminal, Konsole, and Terminal respectively as the default terminal emulator. However, this does not necessarily mean that the pre-selected terminal emulator is best suited for your own specific requirements or your hardware.

There is a large number of terminal emulators to choose from, some offering a huge range of features, others aiming to be frugal with system resources. To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 9 excellent Linux terminal emulators. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone interested in exploiting the power of the shell.

Now, let's explore the 9 terminal emulators at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Terminal Emulators
GNOME Terminal Terminal emulator for the GNOME desktop environment
Terminator Multiple GNOME terminals in one window
urxvt RXVT-like terminal emulator with Unicode support
Sakura Vte-based terminal emulator
ROXTerm GTK+ 2.0 terminal emulator with tabs
LXTerminal Lightweight terminal emulator based on GTK+ for the LXDE desktop
xterm Provides DEC VT102 and Tektronix 4014 compatible terminals
Konsole The KDE 4 terminal emulator
Yakuake Drop-down terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole technology

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