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rxvt-unicode (commonly known as urxvt) is a modern, Unicode-aware, colour vt102 terminal emulator intended as an xterm replacement that uses significantly less memory than a conventional xterm and many other Unicode supporting terminal emulators.

It supports using multiple fonts at the same time, including Xft fonts, and client-server technology to reduce memory consumption when using multiple windows.

Unlike the original rxvt, rxvt-unicode stores all text in Unicode internally. That means it can store and display most scripts in the world.

 urxvt 9.20

Free to download



Marc A. Lehmann and others


System Requirements
libgtk 2.8.0 or higher

Manual Page, FAQ, Mailing List

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Features include:

  • Stores text in 16-bit Unicode (either UCS-2 or UCS-4)
  • Uses locale-correct input, output and width
  • Daemon mode: one daemon can open multiple windows on multiple displays, which improves memory usage and startup time considerably
  • Embedded perl, for endless customization and improvement opportunities, such as:
    • Tabbed terminal support
    • Regex-driven customisable selection that can properly select shell arguments, urls etc
    • Selection-transformation and option popup menus
    • Automatically transforming the selection once made
    • Incremental scrollback buffer search
    • Automatic URL-underlining and launching
    • Remote pastebin, digital clock, block graphics to ascii filter and whatever you like to implement
  • Crash-free
  • Completely flicker-free
  • Transparency
  • Re-wraps long lines instead of splitting or cutting them on resizes
  • Full combining character support
  • Multiple fonts supported at the same time
  • FreeType font support
  • Supports Xft and core fonts in any combination
  • Can easily be embedded into other applications
  • All documentation accessible through manpages
  • Locale-independent XIM support
  • Many small improvements, such as improved and corrected terminfo, improved secondary screen modes, italic and bold font support, tinting and shading
  • Encapsulation of privileged operations in a separate process (improves security)
  • Optimised for local and remote connections

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